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Huge bump lower lip like a cold sore?

Probably: Lower lip is a common site for cold sores. ...Read more

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I have a bump on my lip. Is it a cold sore or could it be something else?

I have a bump on my lip. Is it a cold sore or could it be something else?

Maybe not: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1).
An estimated 80% of americans have been exposed to herpes simplex virus type 1. However, not all of those people will get cold sores. It depends on your immune system. ...Read more

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I have this strange bump on my lip, it's not a cold sore so what could it be?

Possibly a mucocele: This may be a mucocele but it would be best to have an otolaryngologist check your lip. You need an exact diagnosis and need to be sure that this is benign. ...Read more

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What's the definitive way to determine if this white, swollen bump on my upper lip is a cold sore?

Needs to be seen: Unfortunately, we can't diagnose situations such as this without actually seeing you in person. See your dentist or a physician for a proper diagnosis. Even if we described what a cold sore looks like, without professional experience and training, you should not diagnose yourself. ...Read more

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I have a bump on my lip, its not a cold sore and when I try to pop it like a pimple there's no puss and it hurts when I squeez?

I have a bump on my lip, its not a cold sore and when I try to pop it like a pimple there's no puss and it hurts when I squeez?

See Dentist: This requires eyes on it to best identify/diagnose. Depending on history of chewing/biting lip, bumping it, etc. It can be many things. Location also important and duration. Can be traumatic fibroma, lipoma, cyst (not likely), etc. Get it examined and treated. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Lower lip is swollen, small red bump under the lip, is it a cold sore? I can feel the bump thro my lip. Not itchy, no feaver, lip feels numb

Lower lip is swollen, small red bump under the lip, is it a cold sore? I can feel the bump thro my lip. Not itchy, no feaver, lip feels numb

Can't be 100% sure: But what you're describing sounds a lot like the early signs of a cold sore. These are typically caused by a strain of the herpes virus that about 80% of people carry in their system. People usually get them when they are run down, or stressed (or have a "cold"). If you want to be pro-active, you can ask your doctor for a prescription for an anti-viral medication like "valacyclovir" which can help. ...Read more

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A couple of days ago I woke up and there was this bump on the edge of my lip. I popped it later that night but now it looks like it's a cold sore.

A couple of days ago I woke up and there was this bump on the edge of my lip. I popped it later that night but now it looks like it's a cold sore.

Mucocele: Likely a mucocele - a bluish translucent bump on the lip. Often with rupture has yours has. Usually recurs. The current lesion will heal. If the bump recurs, see an oral surgeon for exam/removal. ...Read more

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I peel my lips but after it bleeds and there is no skin left in that area, a bump similar to a cold sore appears. It seems to be just like one. Is it?

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See below: It might be, but if you are peeling skin back until it bleeds, the trauma from that may appear like a cold sore, as well. I would use balm for chapped lips and not peel them. ...Read more

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Is a cold sore on your lip the same as a lie bump on your tung?

Is a cold sore on your lip the same as a lie bump on your tung?

Entirely different: I never heard of "lie bump" until now; had to google it. But the answer is definitely no: lingual papillitis (lie bumps) are not herpes, which is the cause of cold sores on the lips. These are entirely separate problems. (And of course telling a lie has nothing to do with this or any other tongue problem -- which you probably knew!) ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a bump on your top lip, but isn't a herpes or cold sore?

Lip bumps: A "bump" on the lip can be an infection, a benign growth, or a malignancy, among other things. A clinical exam is needed to narrow down the diagnosis, & sometimes a biopsy sample is done to know for sure. ...Read more

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I developed a cold sore looking bump after my kitten scratched me on my lip should I be worried?

I developed a cold sore looking bump after my kitten scratched me on my lip should I be worried?

Cat scratch. See doc: Have your doctor evaluate for Cat scratch disease- this is caused by a bacteria called Bartonella henselae resulting in swelling of the lymph nodes- more than 90% of people infected with this bacteria had contact with cats or kitten. Other consideration should be given for a coincidental infection such as with HSV (Herpes). ...Read more

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Bump on lip is grey-ish \u0026 have been there for almost 3wks, seemed to be going away at first, how long does cold sore last?

7-10 days: Cold sore is a virus that is stored in anyone who has had chicken pox. Usually resolves in 7-10 days. Recommend medical visit to diagnose lesion if no resolution. ...Read more

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I had a cold sore in the right corner of my lip and it healed but now there's a hard, flesh colored, painless bump there. Should I worry?

I had a cold sore in the right corner of my lip and it healed but now there's a hard, flesh colored, painless bump there. Should I worry?

Probably not: After an inflammatory lesion like a cold sore heals, it often leaves behind some scar tissue. This usually fades away over days or weeks. If it hasn't resolved within a month, you might want to have it looked at by a healthcare provider. ...Read more

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My boyfriend just visited me after he got off work. As he left he kissed me. A bump soon formed on my lower right lip? Is this a cold sore?

My boyfriend just visited me after he got off work. As he left he kissed me. A bump soon formed on my lower right lip? Is this a cold sore?

Could be: DOES YOU BOYFRIEND HAVE COLD SORES? HAVE YOU EVER HAD THEM? CAN YOU SEND A PICTURE OF THE SORE? THERE ARE MANY GREAT PRODUCTS FOR THIS PROBLEM, BUT IT IS GOOD TO MAKE SURE WHAT IT IS FIRST. SHOW US ON PRIME! ...Read more

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I have a bump on my bottom lip it doesn't hurt unless I suck on it it grew very fast through out the night and it doesn't feel like a cold sore?

Mucocoele?: You might have a mucocoele. It is a mucous cyst that is caused by an injury to one of the many minor salivary glands in the tissue that lines the oral cavity...Including the lips and cheeks.
See a dentist/oral surgeon for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a bump on my upper right lip that is sore tender to touch. I just had some super hot chilli. The pain is in one area. Is it chill or cold sore?

Lip sore: This could be a cold sore? Did it ever blister? Have you ever had cold sores before? If it is a cold sore, it will likely heal in about 2 weeks. It could also be a thermal/chemical burn from the chili pepper capsaicin. Either one should heal within a few weeks. Take it easy on eating anymore hot or spicy foods until it heals. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has 4-6 little bumps on the side of his lip he says they don't hurt but we are concerned it could be a cold sore do cold sores always hurt?

My boyfriend has 4-6 little bumps on the side of his lip he says they don't hurt but we are concerned it could be a cold sore do cold sores always hurt?

Usually: Yes, they usually do. However, what you describe may not be a 'cold sore' and may simply be benign mucous cysts. Should have your doctor take a look at them for more accurate evaluation. ...Read more

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A bump on lip for a week. No changes. Can barley see it and feel it. Is it a cold sore? Or what?

It can be: If it's getting smaller, that's great! It's activated by uv rays, and stress. So make sure you're getting enough rest and wearing your sunscreen, or sunblock daily! ...Read more

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Is normal to have sensitive top mouth lip, some little points, not bump, cluster or cold sore?

Previous cold sore?: Sometimes a painful sensation can be an early warning sign for eruption of a cold sore. I wouldn't be surprised if after a few days you develop an ulcer or other skin lesion. ...Read more

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I produce a pus filled bump on my lips does that indicate a cold sore? It left a black mark there to

Milia or pustule: These are not cold sores. Vesicles are usually more apt to be a cold sore (clear blisters). ...Read more

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I have bump on my lip but its not painful or itchy, I don't know what it is, and I don't think its a cold sore.?

Bump on lip: Not enough information to suggest a diagnosis. How long have you had it? Is it changing or growing? What color? Could be an acne pimple/ cyst, or mucocele, or venous lake, or of an infectious etiology such as molluscum. It's best to show it to your doctor if it doesn't go away ...Read more

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A small bump just appeared on my upper lip, not on the edge more to the center, from stepping outside. Cold sore maybe?

Cold sores are hollo: Typically on the outside at the border of the red. If it recurs in the same place then cold sore is just about the only possibility, otherwise dermatologic conditions are hard to diagnose without seeing them.
Cold sores are hollow, fluid filled, and temporary--going into healing in under a week. Warts, moles, tumors, other infections don't heal up as fast and need treatment. ...Read more

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I have a bump in the middle of my upper lip that feels like a little growth. I am wondering if it could be a cold sore.

Lip papule: If it is very recent and tender that is possible, but other causes should be considered (mucous cyst, papilloma). Cold sores also usually resolve fairly quickly, so if this has been there for a few weeks a cold sore is not likely. ...Read more

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I have a sore on my lip, not around my lip but where both of my lips meet, could that possibly be a cold sore? It doesn't itch or have tiny bumps.

I have a sore on my lip, not around my lip but where both of my lips meet, could that possibly be a cold sore? It doesn't itch or have tiny bumps.

Dry skin: It is either dry mouth with chapped lip or it is chelitis which is inflammation at the corner of the lip at the commissure. Try taking a b vitamin regularly and use some ointment at the corner. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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I have an itchy bump on my lip no blister or pain so doesn't resemble a cold sore. What could it be?

I have an itchy bump on my lip no blister or pain so doesn't resemble a cold sore. What could it be?

Itchy lip bump: An itchy, bumpy lip can be many things, but most are not serious. Lip biting can create mucus cysts, the most common bump. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an ugly bump on my lip that looks like a cold sore! How do I get rid of it?

Comfortable: Stop playing with it or it will get bigger. Do anything that makes you comfortable. It takes about 2 weeks to go away no matter what you seem to do. However check with your pharmacy for a few items that may make you more comfortable - remember that they generally do not shorten the 2 week time. ...Read more

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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more