The manifestation of a cold sore is due to the presence of the herpes simplex virus in an individual's body. The cold sore attack is often accompanied by various symptoms which may include serious symptoms of cold sore. The more serious symptoms of a cold sore may occur in the eye. Cold sore stages often manifest symptoms which more or less point to an upcoming attack with which the person may prepare for.
The initial or primary attack from the herpes simplex virus is the most severe one. Since children can be affected by this virus, their plight may be more dangerous than adults. Younger children are prone to bouts of cold sore attacks since they may not have developed stronger immune systems yet. Serious symptoms of cold sore include fever, an elevated degree of pain in the mouth, extreme presence of blisters and scarring in the cornea.
Fever may be dangerous for younger children since their systems may not be equipped to handle the elevated temperatures as yet. Among the serious symptoms of cold sore attacks, a fever is the most common for younger children. Another of the more serious symptoms of a cold sore is the pain that is felt in the mouth. The degree of pain may affect the person's ability to speak, eat and swallow. This symptom can lead to dehydration and hunger if the condition persists for several days. The pain may be connected to another serious symptom of cold sore which is the over abundance of blisters in the affected area. Since the blisters are open and oozing, these lead to pain and extreme discomfort, resulting to difficulty in oral function. Bigger blisters, which result from the combination of two or more smaller blisters can be more painful and more prone to slower healing time.
Scarring in the cornea is the result of the herpes simplex virus affecting the eye area instead of the more common oral area. The scarring is among the more serious symptoms of a cold sore because this can lead to blindness if the cold sore attacks occur frequently. The more serious symptoms of cold sore attacks should clear up within a few days. If the condition extends to more than two weeks, there is a dire need to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis. Canker sores should not be confused with a cold sore. Canker sores are less serious than cold sore attacks and are not caused by a virus.