Pictures of Cold Sores in and around the mouth

Cold sores are also commonly known as fever blisters, oral herpes or herpes labialis and are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Lesions can occur on the mouth, lip and facial area and sometimes inside the mouth on the palate or gums.

The first signs of a cold sold developing are tingling, stinging, burning or a tender feeling. You may then notice a pimple like sore appearing under the surface of the skin which will gradually begin to break out into small blisters. If it is your first outbreak you could possibly experience a fever and swollen glands, this is most commonly seen in young children.

Outbreaks generally last between 7-10 days, afterwards the crust will fall of a new skin will be in its place.

Severe cold sore on the bottom lip

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Cold sore on the lower lip

Cold sore on the side of the mouth

Cold sores on the lip that has started to heal

Cold sore on the top lip

Cold sore blisters on the top lip

Cold Sores that have spread from the lips to the cheek

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Cold Sores on the sides of the lips

Cold sores on the corners of the lips and inside of the lips

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Cold sore lesions that have spread to the chin

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Cold sores on the lips causing swelling

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Cold sores that have been spread to the chin from the lower lip

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Cold sore outbreak on the top lip

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Cold sore outbreak on the lower part of the lips

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Cold sores are highly contagious so there are a few precautions to take to avoid spreading the viral infection to other parts of the body or to anyone else.


  • Try not to touch the cold sore as you could spread the virus to your hands and other parts of your body.

  • Keep your hands clean and if contact is made wash immediately with soap and water.

  • During an outbreak, avoid kissing or any other type of skin contact including oral sex with others.

  • Don’t share utensils including cups, spoons, towels, or razors when you have blisters.

  • It is especially important to avoid kissing or hugging babies, children or people with lowered immune systems.

  • If your child has a cold sore it is important for you to teach them good hygiene practices, if they are unable to do so it may be best to avoid sending them to day care or school until the blister is present and contagious.

Unfortunately there is no cure for cold sores, but there is an effective cold sore treatment available that can speed healing and reduce severity of symptoms quickly and easily.

Cold Sores can appear on most parts of the body but spread particularly easy to moist mucus membranes which is why they commonly occur on the lips and around the mouth.

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