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Red bump near my mouth-- how to tell if this is herpes?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Description: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It breaks open ; releases fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex type 1 virus.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 58 years experience
Exam & culture
Jan 17, 2014

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