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Pimple or cold sore? How to tell them apart

Pimple or cold sore? How to tell them apart

Pimple or cold sore: A cold sore is caused by herpes simplex virus and occurs in the same location repeatedly. It is often painful and starts as a a blister before crusting over. A pimple is a sometimes tender red bump that occurs in various areas where the hair follicle becomes blocked with oil (sebum) and bacteria forms. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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Please help me! Is it a cold sore or a pimple?

Please help me! Is it a cold sore or a pimple?

Either/or: 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). When open the blister ooze yellow fluid. Tingling &/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. I think most of us know what a pimple is like. See your doctor if you want an accurate answer. ...Read more

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How to know it is really a cold sore or a weird pimple?

How to know it is really a cold sore or a weird pimple?

Cold sore: Usually occurs on mucosal surfaces like lips and inside mouth. Pimples and acne occur on skin that has sebaceous glands. ...Read more

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I'm not sure if I have a cold sore or a pimple. What is the difference?

I'm not sure if I have a cold sore or a pimple. What is the difference?

Cold sore vs: Pimple. 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. Acne could present as a white head, a black head, cystic acne etc. ...Read more

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Pimple or lip cold sore - how can I tell the difference?

PIMPLE-COLD SORE: Cold sore is on your lip and viral. Pimple is mostly in your face. ...Read more

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How to tell difference from pimple on lower lip or cold sore?

How to tell difference from pimple on lower lip or cold sore?

Cold sore vs pimple: A cold sore turns into one or more blisters. It breaks open and a yellow fluid teaming with virus oozes out. You probably already know what to expect for a pimple. ...Read more

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What could I do to find out if it's a pimple by mouth or a cold sore?

Pimple vs cold sore: 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). Tingling &/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. A pimple does not normally form a blister. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a pimple o the lip and cold sore? How did I get it? I was not in contact with anyone who has it.

What is the difference between a pimple o the lip and cold sore? How did I get it? I was not in contact with anyone who has it.

Depends: It kind of depends. The picture shows a classic cold sore. A pimple may be significantly different in its appearance, however, it is sometimes very difficult to tell. If fresh, within a day to three days, a culture can be taken or a dna probe checked. This can be definitive if positive, but not so if negative. Cold sores are exceptionally common affecting up to 75% of all americans. ...Read more

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I have what looks like a cold sore feels like a pimple if I touch it like sore. And I am not breastfeeding and have never breasted. Just wondering if?

Where is your lesion: Sounds like a skin infection which can be due to bacteria or viruses. Like you say, it could be a pimple, abscess, cold sore, etc. I would try hot compresses to see if this helps and if no resolution have someone look at it so they can start you on the right medicine. Depending on the location, this can provide some clues as to what it may be. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold sore or pimple?

Cold Sore: A cold sore is a lesion with blisters (lip, chin, cheek, nostril ; sometimes mouth) which causes burning, pain ; itching. It is filled with fluid that is teaming with the herpes simplex virus. I am assuming that you already know the various appearances of acne. ...Read more

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Herpes, cold sore, pimple, or something else, how to tell?

Cold Sore/ Herpes: Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus.Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). Tingling &/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. ...Read more

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Herpes, cold sore, pimple, or something else, what's wrong?

Can't diagnose: Without seeing it. 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). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. ...Read more

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Difference between a cold sore and a pimple on corner of mouth?

Virus vs bacteria: A cold sore is a virus typically on lips or inside your mouth. A pimple is a bacterial infection. If it is truly a pimple it is bacterial and either infection in the gland in the corner of your mouth or on the skin near the corner. A cold sore is a herpetic virus, usually more painful typically lasting 10 days to 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it possible for I pop this big red and white painful pimple on the side of my lip? It looks like a cold sore

Comfortable: Do not play 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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I have a big red sore on the edge of my lip, I squeezed it and it popped now it just bleeds. Is this a cold sore or a pimple?

Can't really tell: From here. Cold sores aren't so likely to "pop", but things don't always follow any rules. If you've had cold sores in the past, this could be another one. Could be a zit. ...Read more

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My son has a white pimple like bubble under his tongue. What can it be? He says it doesn't burn like a cold sore, it's not painful.

My son has a white pimple like bubble under his tongue. What can it be? He says it doesn't burn like a cold sore, it's not painful.

Mucocoel: The skin lining the underside of the tongue contains many glands that secrete mucous. Sometimes the mechanical action of a busy tongue will break the tubes that bring the mucous to the surface & a cyst will form under the skin when the mucous cannot get out. I generally send these to an ENT to have them opened & removed. They can reoccur. ...Read more

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I can't tell if I have a cold sore or something else. It's red and has a red scab at this point, but it started as a single spot like a pimple.

I can't tell if I have a cold sore or something else. It's red and has a red scab at this point, but it started as a single spot like a pimple.

See physician: Cold sores don't usually form a scab. See your physician for an examination and assessment. Then you can find out what, if any, treatment is required ...Read more

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What's wrong if I have a cold sore back to back within three weeks straight. Only grew to like a pimple size and dr have gave prescription two weeks ago?

Herpes simplex: Cold sores are usually due to recurrence of herpes simplex. There is no prescription medication that will shorten the course of this unless taken at the immediate onset. There are numerous otc products that may reduce the discomfort. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore start out as a pimple?

Can a cold sore start out as a pimple?

Cold Sores: Cold sores can erupt spontaneously and after minor trauma, so yes a pimple could lead to a cold sore. Pimples are causes by bacteria, and cold sores are caused by a virus, so they are two different processes happening one after the other. ...Read more

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How can I confirm whether it is a pimple or a cold sore?

How can I confirm whether it is a pimple or a cold sore?

Some suggestions: By this time you should know what a pimple looks like. A true cold sore (herpes) has more of a blister look. Google it for pictures of a cold sore which is caused by a virus. Also see this website for more information:
http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/cold-sores-topic-overview
if you are still unsure, see your physician. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a pimple or a cold sore?

Cold sore vs pimple: Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). Tingling &/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. ...Read more

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Do the fluids inside a cold sore look the same as the fluids inside a pimple or zit?

No: The drainage tends to be clear rather than purulent or full of pus. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Help identifying a pimple vs a cold sore on upper lip?

Help identifying a pimple vs a cold sore on upper lip?

Lip lesion: Both start out red but a cold sore will start to blister unlike a pimple that will be hard and no blister. Above all, resist the urge to pick! ...Read more

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Can picking a spot/pimple turn into a cold sore? Around the mouth

Can picking a spot/pimple turn into a cold sore? Around the mouth

No: No, a cold sore is caused by a virus. You probably had the virus and were picking at the spot because as the virus starts to erupt, it causes swelling and tingling at the site. It takes a few days for the scab to form. Eventually it will heal and will be back to normal. There are meds that will shorten the duration of a cold sore. But they work only if taken early. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me some good ways to get rid of this white cold sore/pimple thing on my mouth?

Can you please tell me some good ways to get rid of this white cold sore/pimple thing on my mouth?

See a dentist: Since we can't see and therefore diagnose what you have over the internet, it's best to see a dentist who can determine what you have and what needs to be done. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more