Main Article on Cold Sores Question: What were the symptoms of your cold sore? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Rena, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 27 I have been having cold sores from the time I was about 8 years. I never knew what it was until when I was 14 and I went to see a doctor and he told me that I had a cold sore. My symptoms were a little pimple and then the next morning it would be red and it would burn and sting really bad, and after a few days it would get dry and flake off. I am just recently recovering from a cold sore after almost 4 years with no outbreak I finally got one now. I am now using lip sore cream and it works really well. The sore is slowly going away getting smaller and smaller. Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care REFERENCE: Cernik, C., K. Gallina, and R.T. Brodell. "The Treatment of Herpes Simplex Infections: An Evidence-Based Review." Arch Intern Med 168.11 June 9, 2008: 1137-1144.