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Doctor insights on: Dark Red Spots On Lips

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I noticed today I have about 3 very tiny dark red spots on middle of top lip. Does not hurt, or itch at all. Isn't a bump. Does this still sound like it could be a cold sore?Should I go get Abreva just in case?

I noticed today I have about 3 very tiny dark red spots on middle of top lip. Does not hurt, or itch at all. Isn't a bump. Does this still sound like it could be a cold sore?Should I go get Abreva just in case?

Cold sores: Cold sores are painful blisters that form on or near the lips and inside the mouth. They are caused by an infection with a virus called “herpes simplex virus.” Some studies of topical agents unrelated to acyclovir that are available over the counter in the United States (eg, benzalkonium chloride [Viroxyn], docosanol [Abreva]) have suggested benefit, whereas others have not. ...Read more

Red Spots (Definition)

One possibility for red spots is a collection of vessels in the skin and they are called hemangiomas. These can easily be treated. I usually will use ...Read more


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Child red spots on lips, none inside mouth or on body. No pain or itching. No fever or sickness. Not scabs or fluid filled. No new foods Not teething?

Child red spots on lips, none inside mouth or on body. No pain or itching. No fever or sickness. Not scabs or fluid filled. No new foods Not teething?

Could be viral: How old is the child? There are many viruses that could cause red bumps on the lips. If it worsens or a fever develops make sure to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I foundtwo small dark red spots in mouth. Recently I have been getting a few little red spots on my body that itch and cause a rash, is there a link?

I foundtwo small dark red spots in mouth. Recently I have been getting a few little red spots on my body that itch and cause a rash, is there a link?

See a doctor: Impossible to diagnose this without seeing these lesions and getting a full history and doing a physical exam. Go see your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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My son has dark red spots on his upper soft pallet on the inside of his mouth. Is this just part of a normal virus which will go away with time or something more serious?

My son has dark red spots on his upper soft pallet on the inside of his mouth. Is this just part of a normal virus which will go away with time or something more serious?

That depends: First, does he have other symptoms of a virus or sore throat? If not, then it is likely something else. Petechiae (small red spots) on the palate can be caused by several things including: asthma inhaler, sucking or chewing habit, vomiting, Anemia, and sexual abuse. If they don't resolve within a week or worsen he should be seen by his pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have dark red spots on the bottom of my mouth under the tongue on the floor of my mouth. Not painful?

I have dark red spots on the bottom of my mouth under the tongue on the floor of my mouth.  Not painful?

Don't wait: The dark spots are most likely blood vessels called varicosities. If spots weren't there before, but now they have been there for a week or so, and not going away, then please see a physician or dentist. The floor of the mouth is a really common area for oral cancer and it is best to definitively determine what the spots are than to wait for something unfortunate. ...Read more

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I get thesr dark red spots in my mouth maybe 1 or 2 theb they go away in a day. Been happening for a week. They come and go. What could it be? Cancer?

I get thesr dark red spots in my mouth maybe 1 or 2 theb they go away in a day. Been happening for a week. They come and go. What could it be? Cancer?

Red spots: Not likely cancer. It could be something viral. If no where else, i would watch for a week. Pay attention to dental products as well - you may have an intolerance to something. ...Read more

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So these dark red spots I've been getting in my mouth. They come and go. I ate some skittles now I have a red spot and its bleeding? Idk. Inside cheek

So these dark red spots I've been getting in my mouth. They come and go. I ate some skittles now I have a red spot and its bleeding? Idk. Inside cheek

Needs evaluation: Anything swollen, discolored, bleeding, out of the ordinary should be examined. 5 most dangerous words in the english language, "maybe it will go away.". ...Read more

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I have yellow/green stuff in back of throat every morning for the past week. I had dark red spots on roof of mouth. What is it? No insurance! help!

I have yellow/green stuff in back of throat every morning for the past week. I had dark red spots on roof of mouth. What is it?  No insurance! help!

Consult needed: This is hard for people today to believe, but people had dental care before dental insurance existed, and that was not that long ago. Insurance or not you have to see a dentist first, and probably a physician after. Don't worry-obamacare will save us all. ...Read more

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After month long sore throat w red bumps back of throat i got a mouth sore inside of my cheek. It's dark red w red spots. All happend after sex w man.

After month long sore throat w red bumps back of throat i got a mouth sore inside of my cheek. It's dark red w red spots. All happend after sex w man.

Viral or Bacterial: There are many causes of sore throat. When sore and inflamed, viral and bacterial causes are often suspected. Acid reflux is possible as well. Sores in the mouth (canker sores) are caused by viral infections. ...Read more

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I have red spots over my lower lips from insinside they don't hurt at all and one goes just one day then another pops up what that could be?

I have red spots over my lower lips from insinside they don't hurt at all and one goes just one day then another pops up what that could be?

See your doctor: You should have your lesion evaluated in person by your doctor, so he/she can take a biopsy (or remove it completely) if needed. ...Read more

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I have redness and small red spots on the head of my penis. What are they?

I have redness and small red spots on the head of my penis. What are they?

Possibilities: There is a possibility that it can be a sexualy transmitted disease but another possibility is pearly papules (photos can be seen using search engine - i.e. google images). These are benign not contagious and common so possibly nothing to worry about. If there is any question as to the cause see your MD. ...Read more

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My 1 year old has red spots on her lips, I'm not sure if she bit her lip or if they are sores. They don't bother her at all. What could this be?

My 1 year old has red spots on her lips, I'm not sure if she bit her lip or if they are sores. They don't bother her at all. What could this be?

Could be: Cold sores, infection. Truly its really hard to say unless we see the red spots. When in doubt have your doctor check it out. Good luck ...Read more

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My brother is 15 years old, its been two days he got red spots on his soft palate and gums, his lips are also dry and a bit swallon, it hurts too.

My brother is 15 years old, its been two days he got red spots on his soft palate and gums, his lips are also dry and a bit swallon, it hurts too.

Could be many things: Please see ur dentist, and he may even refer you to a periodontist or oral surgeon for further evaluation. It needs to be looked at and examined closely, but it may be as simple as fungal infection, or herpetic lesion ... But please .. Dont take it lightly. ...Read more

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I keep getting small persistent red spots on my lip line. Sometimes they have small white heads. They don't crust/weep like coldsores. What are they?

I keep getting small persistent red spots on my lip line. Sometimes they have small white heads. They don't crust/weep like coldsores. What are they?

Fordyce Spots ?: Fordyce spots are small raised, pale red, yellow-white or skin-colored bumps or spots that appear on the shaft of the penis, the labia, scrotum, or the vermilion border of the lips (the outside red part of the lip). These are benign (not associated with any disease or illness) and represent sebaceous glands. They are only a cosmetic concern. See a board certified dermatologist to have it checked. ...Read more

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I have small red spots around anus and one on outside of vagina lip they look like bites and itch so bad what could this be

I have small red spots around anus and one on outside of  vagina lip they look like bites and itch so bad what could this be

See a gynecologist: Unfortunately without an examination, it's hard to say exactly what this is. I would definitely make an appointment today. Consider whether or not this is related to exposures in your laundry/sheets or maybe it has something to do with sexual practices. Track when they come and go and have a conversation with your MD. ...Read more

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I think have the hives because I have random red spots and swollen lips. Is Claritin good or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) better?

I think have the hives because I have random red spots and swollen lips.  Is Claritin good or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) better?

Zyrtec (cetirizine) (Cetitizine): If these are recurrent, see an allergiist for the propper diagnosis and treatment. For otc (over the counter) medication, most allergists prefer zyrtec (cetirizine) because it has more anti-inflamatory properties and lasts 24 hours. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) generally lasts 4 to 6 hours and causes more drowsiness, if the patient gets drowsy on zyrtec they might try Allegra (fexofenadine). ...Read more

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Red spots inside mouth on lower lip. No pain no blisters...They are smooth just noticed last night. Almost back to normal today. Is this oral herpes?

Red spots inside mouth on lower lip. No pain no blisters...They are smooth just noticed last night. Almost back to normal today. Is this oral herpes?

Not oral herpes: Oral herpes is painful and also would not resolve in such a short period of time. Sometimes the small salivary glands i the lips can look like small red spots. If it resolves on its own within the next 24-48 hour then i wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more

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After oral, red spots and white on the back of throat, lips seems a little swollen/tingly/chapped? Throat doesn't hurt but I feel it when I swallow

After oral, red spots and white on the back of throat, lips seems a little swollen/tingly/chapped? Throat doesn't hurt but I feel it when I  swallow

Possible trauma: Depending on how vigorous the oral sex was there can be minor trauma to the back of the throat. Should clear in a few days but if it get worse see your MD. ...Read more

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Hi doctor. Every time I use Nair to remove facial hair (upper lip) it burns/stings a lot and it gets red spots for the whole day. Is it normal?

It seems..: It seems your skin is sensitive to this product. I would try an alternative to this one. If not better or rash gets worse please consult your doctor for a formal exam, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more