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Do cold sores have whiteheads?

Do cold sores have whiteheads?

No: Apthous ulcers (cold sores) are usually shallow, ulcerative with a crater in the center, and painful. Generally do not have a white pustule in the center. ...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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Can cold sores appear white in colour? Like a whitehead? No tingle, no blister. Feels like canker sore or bitten lip. Not sure how to tell...

Can cold sores appear white in colour? Like a whitehead? No tingle, no blister. Feels like canker sore or bitten lip. Not sure how to tell...

White is Good: When a canker sore or "aphthous ulcer" is in the process of healing it turns a whitish color. You are on the mend. Leave it alone, don't pop it! Maybe some salt water or baking soda gargles...If you want to feel better but actually, nothing is shown to significantly speed up healing once it gets to this stage. You're in the home stretch....1-2 weeks more and you'll be able to suck lemons again. ...Read more

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Never had a cold sore but get these little white spots, looks like whiteheads could this be herpes?

Never had a cold sore but get these little white spots, looks like whiteheads could this be herpes?

Likely milia: Show one to your dermatologist...But these growths sound like milia, which are tiny skin cysts. They are not related in any way to herpes. ...Read more

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What's the difference to a pimple and herpes on your genitals? I have a whitehead down there but I also have a cold sore, do I have genital herpes?

What's the difference to a pimple and herpes on your genitals? I have a whitehead down there but I also have a cold sore, do I have genital herpes?

Could be either.: Genital herpes typically consists of one or more painful group (s) of blisters on a red base. Sometimes the blisters look like "whiteheads". The only way to know for sure is to have a culture done by your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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A red bump appeared on the corner of my lip. The next day, the whitehead appeared, when popped the pus came out. Is this a cold sore or pimple?

A red bump appeared on the corner of my lip. The next day, the whitehead appeared, when popped the pus came out. Is this a cold sore or pimple?

Pimple most likely: From the description this sounds more like a pimple as it built up over time and came to a whitehead before it drained. Cold sores are usually more flat and shallow, moist looking and sting quite a bit. Either way, touch it up with a little Neosporin and avoid sharing kisses with anyone until it heals. See your MD to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can a cold sore look like a pimple on inner lip? Can they have a whitehead and pop like a pimple? No burning, itching or blister. Pimple or cold sore?

Can a cold sore look like a pimple on inner lip? Can they have a whitehead and pop like a pimple? No burning, itching or blister. Pimple or cold sore?

Inner lip: Is usually herpes. Acne occurs in areas where you have sebaceous glands which are not located on mucosal surfaces like the lips. ...Read more

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Bump on border of upper lip. Have acne, oily skin, never cold sore b4.didnt notice tingling b4 it appeared. Popped it cuz there was a whitehead. Is pimple?

Bump on border of upper lip. Have acne, oily skin, never cold sore b4.didnt notice tingling b4 it appeared. Popped it cuz there was a whitehead. Is pimple?

Maybe: There are oil glands on the edges of the lips. That means one can get plugged oil glands and occasionally a pimple there. Plugged oil glands may come 1-3 at a time. After the stuff comes out, it should heal up fine. Herpes cold sores are often a cluster of 3-10 tiny bumps, and don't contain pus or oil. Cold sores break easily, can ooze a bit, as if the surface got scraped away, and they crust up. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cold sores and acne?

What is the difference between cold sores and acne?

See below: Cold sores are lesions that occur on the lips caused by herpes simplex virus reactivation.
Acne is a skin condition with inflammation of the skin glands and hair follicles causing pimples primarily on the face.
There is no relation between the two. ...Read more

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Gave oral sex to my bf, I had what I thought was a pimple, now I think it's a cold sore. I've never had one so idk if it is one, will he get sores now?

Gave oral sex to my bf, I had what I thought was a pimple, now I think it's a cold sore. I've never had one so idk if it is one, will he get sores now?

One thing to know: Whether or not and how people can get infected with the HSV-1 or HSV-2 is extremely open to speculation. A woman needs to know that the one time she does not want to have a genital herpes outbreak is when she gives birth. If a woman suspects she could have genital herpes, even though she never had an outbreak, ask the provider at the time of delivery to do a thorough exam. She may need a c/section ...Read more

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Can my adult acne be shingles? I get cold sores a lot too

Can my adult acne be shingles? I get cold sores a lot too

Unlikely: First of all, shingles is usually on the torso, not the face. It's also localized to a specific strip of skin (dermatome). Shingles involve a lot of pain as well, so unless your really hurting, it's not shingles. The virus that causes cold sores and shingles are similar, but they aren't exactly the same. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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43-yr old female. Could increased acne, cold sores and uti's be connected? Immune system? Diet? I'm falling apart!

43-yr old female. Could increased acne, cold sores and uti's be connected? Immune system? Diet? I'm falling apart!

Falling apart: Many possibilities. Get blood sugar and hormones evaluated. Are you on any meds or dietary supplements? See a doc and have comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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If cold sores can be popped-whitish fluid-can they bleed after popping-like a pimple would-or is this more typical of a pimple? Unsure if HSV or zit

If cold sores can be popped-whitish fluid-can they bleed after popping-like a pimple would-or is this more typical of a pimple? Unsure if HSV or zit

Yes: Any open sore can bleed in the end with pressure as there are some blood vessels there. We don't recommend you popping them as this may cause risk of infection in an open sore. ...Read more

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Really bad acne won't stop producing, leaving red sores, never had a cold sore, and its even on my hair line?

Really bad acne won't stop producing, leaving red sores, never had a cold sore, and its even on my hair line?

A dermatologist: Is the type of doc that would be most helpful to you. You can start w/family doc and he/she can refer if they think it's necessary. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can Desonide ointment cause acne? Dermatologist gave it for chapped lips & after using it a couple of bumps appeared on lower lip. Not cold sores.

Can Desonide ointment cause acne? Dermatologist gave it for chapped lips & after using it a couple of bumps appeared on lower lip. Not cold sores.

Perioral dermatitis: We know to avoid cortisones for this reason. The technical name is PERIORAL DERMATITIS. Never again use any type of cortisone on your face. Use vaseline or chapstick for dry lips. The redness and pimples around your lips may be temporarily worse when you stop desonide. Tacrolimus ointment and oral low dose minocycline or doxycycline will help. You can also add spironolactone to stop acne. See a de ...Read more

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I have a bump in my pubic hair that looks kinda like a pimple. Is this some form of STD? I have hsv-1 (cold sores) but never anything down there

I have a bump in my pubic hair that looks kinda like a pimple. Is this some form of STD? I have hsv-1 (cold sores) but never anything down there

Likely folliculitis: With the development of pubic hair, you become susceptible to folliculitis -- i.e. inflammation or minor infection at the base of a hair. (You may be able to see a hair in the center of the pimple.) The only STD that could do this is genital herpes, but herpes doesn't involve hairs and is uncommon in the pubic area. You'll be at higher risk of folliculitis if you shave your pubic hair. ...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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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

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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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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

Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

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


Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Whiteheads (Definition)

Whiteheads = closed comedon (containing oil, bacteria, skin debris) which is ...Read more