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I have very tiny, seemingly pus filled bumps on my lips. They're in various spots & not painful but bit tingly and itchy. Allergic reaction? Herpes?

I have very tiny, seemingly pus filled bumps on my lips. They're in various spots & not painful but bit tingly and itchy.  Allergic reaction? Herpes?

See doctor: They do not appear to be just herpes which usually involves part of the skin surface as well although it may be from another type of viral infection. If the problem fails to resolve within a week or getting worse, see your doctor. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Difference between allergic reaction on lips and herpes?

Difference between allergic reaction on lips and herpes?

Allergy vs. herpes: An allergic irritation on lips is a general swelling, and a herpetic lesion is usually in one area. Allergies are not painful, but herpes lesions are very painful, and sensitive to heated and salty liquids. A culture will prove which it may be if you are in doubt. ...Read more

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Good morning can herpes cause lips to swell resembling an allergic reaction?

Good morning can herpes cause lips to swell resembling an allergic reaction?

Yes: And they can be very uncomfortable. See dentist or PCP asap for Rx for antiviral meds. This should shorten the duration and lessen the severity. Best to start meds when the first symptoms appear. ...Read more

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Had rash on my finger once. Wondering if it is herpes or just an allergic reaction?

Had rash on my finger once. Wondering if it is herpes or just an allergic reaction?

Not enough info: Herpetic dermatitis usually shows painful blistering lesions. A contact allergy or atopic dermatitis skin rash does not have blister and is usually very itchy. Skin rashes need to be seen to give proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Herpes, yeast infection, or allergic reaction, how can I tell the difference?

Herpes, yeast infection, or allergic reaction, how can I tell the difference?

Skin eruptions: You may not be able to tell the difference without a course in dermatology. Let your doctor see this and make the diagnosis, good luck. ...Read more

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I have tiny bumps on lip line. How do I tell if this is herpes or an allergic reaction?

I have tiny bumps on lip line. How do I tell if this is herpes or an allergic reaction?

Do they hurt?: Herpes usually are painful vesicular lesions. Also, unless you are putting something just on your lip line (liner?) then not likely allergic rxn. Also, if allergy, should resolve rapidly (w/in a day) if stop putting anything on lips & observe. ...Read more

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Had an allergic reaction now I have what looks like an allergy spot on my penis head. How do I know it's not herpes?

Had an allergic reaction now I have what looks like an allergy spot on my penis head. How do I know it's not herpes?

Probably not : An allergic reaction should not lead to herpes... But wondering what was allergic reaction and if you know you had herpes in past(ie.? Same raah you had before) however if it doesn't look like prior "rash" (or never had herpres) see your dr. If doesn't get better. ...Read more

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I kissed a guy Friday at noon and then Saturday afternoon my lip is swollen on the left side and has bumps. Is it Herpes or an allergic reaction?

I kissed a guy Friday at noon and then Saturday afternoon my lip is swollen on the left side and has bumps. Is it Herpes or an allergic reaction?

Allergic to a kiss?: A picture would certainly help us here please, since there are thousands of reasons for lip swelling. Sorry, but it would be inaccurate at best to hazard a guess as to your cause at this point. ...Read more

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I have very small bumps on my lips & the top of my tongue is numb. Dr said it's not herpes what could it be? Could it be an allergic reaction

I have very small bumps on my lips & the top of my tongue is numb. Dr said it's not herpes what could it be? Could it be an allergic reaction

Not allergy: Check with your doctor or your dentist re. these issues. Having numbness in the tongue may indicate swelling or a nerve issue. Either requires a direct examination or even a biopsy ...Read more

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How can I tell if i really have an allergic reaction, and not a variant of the herpes virus? I have had a sore throat for a few days, and began breaking out with chickenpox like symptoms, with blisters starting on my scalp, spreading all over to my face,

How can I tell if i really have an allergic reaction, and not a variant of the herpes virus? I have had a sore throat for a few days, and began breaking out with chickenpox like symptoms, with blisters starting on my scalp, spreading all over to my face,

This : This definitely sounds like it could have been a herpes outbreak as opposed to an allergic reaction. There are two types of herpes viruses (1 and 2). In the past type 1 was associated with cold sores and type 2 with genital herpes. Now it has been proven that both types can be found in either location. A quick way for you to know if you have been exposed to the herpes virus is by requesting a blood tests that checks for antibodies to both types of herpes. If the test comes back positive for either type then you can assume that you may have had an outbreak, and it if happens again see your doctor at the onset of symptoms and request treatment for herpes.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can latex allergies be confused with herpes on the penis?

Can latex allergies be confused with herpes on the penis?

Rash: Herpes usually is painful and has a more of an ulcer type appearance. Latex allergy is more itchy and has more of a redness and flat appearance generally speaking. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is it herpes a really bad yeast infection or latex allergies!?

Vaginitis: You need to be seen and examined to establish the cause of this outbreak. ...Read more

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I was wondering is it herpes a really bad yeast infection or latex allergies, should I be concerned?

Skin eruption: Would need far more information about what sort of lesions you are seeing. The Best advice is to let a doctor see these and make a diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can allergies cause lymph nodes to wax and wane? Chronic over 8 yrs. Tested neg for HIV, HERPES, cancers.

Can allergies cause lymph nodes to wax and wane? Chronic over 8 yrs. Tested neg for HIV, HERPES, cancers.

They ALWAYS do that: I'm glad your health conscious. That's what lymph nodes are supposed to do. Everybody has a few palpable ones that come and go. They're your friends, fighting goodness-knows-what so you never know it attacked. Relax and be thankful for good health. ...Read more

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What is the solution/possible home remedies for Burning sensation on upper lip since a few days? (With a history of food allergies and herpes simplex)

What is the solution/possible home remedies for Burning sensation on upper lip since a few days?
(With a history of food allergies and herpes simplex)

Any red bumps?: By now I would expect herpes to have declared itself. Try applying Aquaphor ointment or petroleum jelly. If no improvement after a couple of days then apply hydrocortisone. ...Read more

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I have slight thrush on tongue, sinusitis, and slight rash on my armpits, dry cough, but I think it may be allergies from pollen? Herpes or hiv????

I have slight thrush on tongue, sinusitis, and slight rash on my armpits, dry cough, but I think it may be allergies from pollen? Herpes or hiv????

Lowered resistance.: Thrush can be seen in generally healthy individuals who become ill with a viral infection, like mono or viral pneumonia or from antibiotics or use of inhaled corticosteroid iinhalers without rinsing the mouth. Herpes is more likely to give a cluster of red papules like a cold sore. Get Rx for the thrush. Always wise to get hiv test if you have had unprotected sex, especially if thrush persists. ...Read more

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Could it be a yeast infection or herpes outbreak with no odor or discharge but itchy clitoris? Could I even have an allergic reaction to something?

Could it be a yeast infection or herpes outbreak with no odor or discharge but itchy clitoris? Could I even have an allergic reaction to something?

Itchy private areas: I think you are right on track -this could well be an allergy to something, and I would want to know if you tried any new feminine products, detergents/soaps etc. Certainly fungus likes moist areas and could cause these symptoms. Herpes is usually PAINFUL and would be much less likely. If symptoms don't get better in a day or two, I'd want u to see your gyn or primary doc for a definite diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if allergic reaction!?

What to do if allergic reaction!?

Allergic Reaction?: Not sure what you mean by allergic reaction. If you are referring to anaphylaxis then epinephrine is the treatment of choice, call 911. Allergic rhinitis is treated with OTC antihistamines, daily intranasal steroid or antihistamine sprays, saline rinses, etc. Allergy shots also an option. Avoidance of triggers is important but see an Allergist first to determine exactly what you are allergic to. ...Read more

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What is causing my allergic reaction?

What is causing my allergic reaction?

Why allergists exist: Finding & treating the cause of allergic reactions is the main function of an allergist. A solid understanding of the immune system is required, so that immunology goes hand in hand. Timing, prevalence of various causes, location, description, examination, associated factors, family history and finally testing enables allergists to identify the culprit, if one is present; treatment is pt-centered. ...Read more

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What can an allergic reaction feel like?

What can an allergic reaction feel like?

Depends where: In the skin itchy. In the nose itchy, sneezy, runny & stuffy. In the eye itchy and teary. In the lungs coughing, wheezing, weight on chest. In the digestive tract nausea, vomiting, cramps, diarrhea. ...Read more

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What's an allergic reaction? Is mcs real?

Inflammatory rxn: An allergic reaction is the body's defense against an agent it considers harmful or toxic to the body. Most allergic reactions start with food allergies that are undiagnosed and "rev up" the immune system leading to multiple other reactions to environmental items as in mcs. First firgure out what's wrong with the gut and fix it and the immune system will settle down and others will lessen/go away. ...Read more

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How to know if I have an allergic reaction?

How to know if I have an allergic reaction?

Typical: Allergic reactions often causes itching but the symptoms are greatly organ-dependent.
*Nose- congestion, runny nose, sneezing
*Eyes- itching, redness, tearing
*chest-wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing.
Other conditions include hives from food, itchy mouth and throat from certain fruits, and rarely anaphylaxis.
Contact skin allergy is yet another but the mechanism is different. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an allergic reaction?

What sort of problem is an allergic reaction?

Immunologic: An allergic reaction is the body's immunologic response to a substance (typically a protein) that it determines is "foreign." the body's th2 type of t cells interacts with b cells that produce ige antibodies. When ige antibodies that are present on mast cells subsequently encounter the allergen, the mast cell releases histamine and other chemical mediators that lead to the symptoms of allergy. ...Read more

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How to know if I have had an allergic reaction?

How to know if I have had an allergic reaction?

Symptoms: If the allergy is to a food or ingested medication, the typical symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea and rash (hives, itching). If trigger was airborne like pollen or pet dander, then itching (nose, skin, eyes), sneezing, runny nose and cough. Asthma symptoms can be from an allergy. An allergist can assist in identifying is symptoms are from an allergy and determine specifically which allergen. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to weed?

Is it possible to have an allergic reaction to weed?

You mean marijuana?: A rule of thumb is that anything that has pharmacologic effects also has side effects and can precipitate allergic reactions. This is obviously more common for certain compounds than for others, but is theoretically possible for any compound. That being said, I've never seen or read about a true allergic reaction to marijuana. ...Read more

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How to tell what I am having an allergic reaction to?

How to tell what I am having an allergic reaction to?

Allergy: If you seek the opinion of an allergist you may be able to elucidate the mystery ...Read more

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How to know if I'm having an allergic reaction to something?

How to know if I'm having an allergic reaction to something?

Discuss: Discuss with a physician or care-giver practiced in recognizing allergic reaction. True immune mediated allergy is often confused with pharmacological side effects from medication or non-allergic food intolerance. Also, there are some typical patterns for rash associated with allergy, but many types of rash that are non-allergic. ...Read more

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Is rosacea an allergic reaction?

Is rosacea an allergic reaction?

No: Rosacea is an inherited condition characterized by extra sensitive skin, flushing, dilated blood vessels, inflammatory bumps that mimic acne, and enlarging bumpy nose. Common triggers are chronic sun exposure, caffeine, alcohol, and increase in core temperature, etc... The inflammatory reaction of rosacea is not histamine driven as it is in an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to corned beef?

Allergic reaction to corned beef?

Beef allergy: Are you allergic to beef or is it simply something in the aging process of the corned beef that you reacted to? Your allergist can test you. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more