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

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

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...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 turn 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 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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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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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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I've had this small pimple on my upper lip for about 5 days and it's going down a little but spreading like a cold sore do you know what this is?

Cold sore: Without seeing, it we cannot be sure but based of the location it is likely a cold sore which is a virus (herpes simplex 1) which is not your std variety although you can also get that one on your lip as well. ...Read more

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I have had three small pimple like bumps on my bottom lip now for like over a month now with the symptoms of a cold sore but they haven't open or grew?

I have had three small pimple like bumps on my bottom lip now for like over a month now with the symptoms of a cold sore but they haven't open or grew?

Are they painful?: If they are not painful they may be small cysts called milia. They can be removed by your local dermatologist and are not dangerous. Cold sores are painful. ...Read more

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I have a bump on my lip, it's 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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Heat causes my chin area and pimple on lip line to breaK out got cold sore last year its hot and sun should i still take valtrex?

Heat causes my chin area and pimple on lip line to breaK out got cold sore last year its hot and sun should i still take valtrex?

Sure: But generally it is advised to begin when you have the initial signs of an outbreak...eg: tingling sensation or numbness.....

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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I just popped a white pimple like bump on my upper lip, not the lip line, actual top lip. Didn't hurt, and I know it isn't a Cold sore. Or is it?

I just popped a white pimple like bump on my upper lip, not the lip line, actual top lip. Didn't hurt, and I know it isn't a Cold sore. Or is it?

Cold sore: 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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I had a pimple on lower lip and it was bugging me so I popped it, overnight lip became swelled and I'm not sure if it has turned into cold sore or not, lip appears swollen with sore filled with fluid and white head. Feels irritated?

Abscess?: Although it may just be swelling from the trauma of "popping" it (the lips are very sensitive), it may have developed into an abscess. It should certainly be evaluated by MD. It may need antibiotics or to be drained. Most urgent care clinics can take care of this, as well as primary care offices, though they may shy at draining since it's on your lip. ...Read more

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I discovered a pimple like bump right on the lip (not lipline) and I popped it and clear liquid came out. Does not hurt at all, cold sore or pimple?

I discovered a pimple like bump right on the lip (not lipline) and I popped it and clear liquid came out. Does not hurt at all, cold sore or pimple?

Maybe neither: It is not clear as to what this is. This may be a mucocoele. It is not uncommon for this to be there.
Cold sore or pimple would or is usually painful. If it does not resolve see someone. ...Read more

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I was at the dentist said I might have a cold sore, I doubt it I have a pimple like bump no head it hurts when I bit it in my lip but that's it ideas?

Bump: There are many possibilities and merely giving you a list of them is not really helpful. Almost all will be gone within a couple of weeks and nothing to be concerned about. If it's important for you to know what it is, see an Oral Surgeon for a more likely definitive diagnosis. In almost all cases we can diagnose these lesions just by observation. A few require a biopsy. Usually gone anyway! ...Read more

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I had a fever because of cold. Then I had chapped lip and I strip off the skin. Tomorrow, there's a pimple like blister on my lip. Is it cold sore?

I had a fever because of cold. Then I had chapped lip and I strip off the skin. Tomorrow, there's a pimple like blister on my lip. Is it cold sore?

Maybe: It could also be related to peeling off the dry skin, like a small abrasion. If it gets worse, or doesn't get better within a week or so, see your doctor for an exam. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Small cluster of white/yellow bumps on lower lip. No pain/discomfort. Started as a cluster of red bumps on Saturday, February 14. Cold sore or pimple?

Cluster sounds like: Herpes, there should be pained, itching or some kind of symptom with the blisters. I would see derm right away to confirm diagnosis and get meds to treat, prevent or shorten course. Hope that helps ...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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Hello, I have what looks to be a pimple just above my lip. It appears to have a white head. It is a little sore. I do have cystic acne and get pimples on my face. I'm writing you to find out if it is just a pimple or whether it could be a cold sore. I d

MOST LIKELY COLD SOR: The location and description is more suggestive of a cold sore. Having said that it is very difficult to say with certainty what it is without looking at it.If you are concerned about it get it checked by your doctor ...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


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