Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few days. They usually heal in 7 to 10 days.
Cold sores are most contagious until the blisters are completely healed.
Current as of: November 14, 2022
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine