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Doctor insights on: Oral Herpes Vs Lip Pimple

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Can oral herpes start out underneath your skin above the upper lip, like a little cystic pimple?

Can oral herpes start out underneath your skin above the upper lip, like a little cystic pimple?

Yes: Herpes has what is called a prodrome period or a period of mild discomfort before a full outbreak occurs. This is when prescription Acyclovir is most effective and can prevent the full outbreak. If you see your dentist or physician right away, they will generally give you a prescription to take now with refills to use during future onsets - but they need to see it to diagnose it correctly. ...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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Single red raised-looking pimple where lip meets skin, white center. No blisters. Also having severe cold symptoms, swollen glands is this oral herpes?

Single red raised-looking pimple where lip meets skin, white center. No blisters. Also having severe cold symptoms, swollen glands is this oral herpes?

Probably: Oral herpes simplex is the most common virus to inhabit the mucosal region of the oral cavity. It most frequently lies dormant submucosally until a viral infection reduces the host immune local response and allows the virus to flare up. It appears in the form of a cold sore with possible swollen glands and a small pimple like lesion that eventually ulcerates. Then becomes dormant. ...Read more

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I have a tiny red bump at the corner of my mouth. I have not been kissed (or sexually active) in a over a year. Is it oral herpes or could it be acne?

I have a tiny red bump at the corner of my mouth. I have not been kissed (or sexually active) in a over a year. Is it oral herpes or could it be acne?

GOK: That stands for god only knows. If you want to know what it is, you will need to see a dentist or a physician to accurately diagnose it. There are many possibilities and without actually being able to personally see it, we can't give you a good answer, especially the right one. ...Read more

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How are pimple and oral herpes different?

How are pimple and oral herpes different?

Bacteria v Virus: Pimples are caused by bacterial overgrowth within a follicle while herpes breakouts are caused by viral activation of the herpes virus. ...Read more

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I hv oral herpes & was wondering if autoinoculation is a possibility recently my pubic area hs bn itchy & white fluid filled pimples (some painful)?

I hv oral herpes & was wondering if autoinoculation is a possibility recently my pubic area hs bn itchy & white fluid filled pimples (some painful)?

Need to be tested: Auto-inoculation of oral herpes to the genital area is unlikely. It you are sexually active you may have acquired type 2 herpes. It would be prudent to see your doctor to get tested for genital herpes and other sexually transmitted infections. ...Read more

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Have HSV 1. Past week saw cut outside vagina and now I have a pimple on groin like white head. Is this a new herpes infection. I am married???? ....

Have HSV 1. Past week saw cut outside vagina and now I have a pimple on groin like white head. Is this a new herpes infection. I am married???? ....

Herpes simplex: It does not sound as if you have a herpetic eruption on your genitalia, but does sound as if you should be seen by a doctor and have this diagnosed and treated appropriately. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Gave girl oral sex, got small lump on edge of lip next day. Gone now after a week. She has no herpes, we're each other's only sex partner. Just pimple?

Gave girl oral sex, got small lump on edge of lip next day. Gone now after a week. She has no herpes, we're each other's only sex partner. Just pimple?

Unprotected Sex: If you are truly worried, it is best to get it looked at by a doctor. Otherwise I wouldn't think much about it unless it returns. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a lip piercing if you have oral herpes?

Is it possible to get a lip piercing if you have oral herpes?

Not at outbreak: You should not have the piercing place during an outbreak of lip (cold) sores due to infectious nature. Harmful to person placing the devise. However, no problem at other times. Slight risks of other infections to the site. ...Read more

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What are the changes of being infected with oral herpes through lipstick sharing if there seems to be no lesions on the lips?

What are the changes of being infected with oral herpes through lipstick sharing if there seems to be no lesions on the lips?

Very low, not zero: HSV1 is transmitted by direct skin contact, e.g. kissing. The risk via lipstick is very low, especially without a visible oral herpes outbreak. Still, lipstick should never be shared between people. Although HSV transmission is unlikely, the risk isn't zero; and sharing is high risk to transmit colds, influenza, etc. Don't do it. ...Read more

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I have a few very tiny bumps above the lip that are only visible up close in a mirror in good lighting. Is it likely oral herpes?

I have a few very tiny bumps above the lip that are only visible up close in a mirror in good lighting. Is it likely oral herpes?

Possible early stage: The earliest presentation of oral herpes can be as subtle as an abnormal sensation in the affected area. Blistering could follow ultimately resulting in an open ulceration that is more intrusive than what you describe. If these bumps have been present for more than a few days and haven't changed appreciably, likely not herpes. If they progress and ultimately resolve, it could be. ...Read more

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I'm scared I have oral herpes I woke up this morning lips are cracked all over really painful throbbing last week I used someone's hookah cud I get it?

I'm scared I have oral herpes I woke up this morning lips are cracked all over really painful throbbing last week I used someone's hookah cud I get it?

Yes, you can: HSV-1 blisters can occur on many different parts of the body but are most common on or around the lips. HSV is contagious and may be transmitted by any contact with the blisters until the sore is healed. There is no cure for cold sores. However, some medications may relieve pain and soften HSV crusts on the skin. ...Read more

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Do oral herpes leave open sores on your lips?

Do oral herpes leave open sores on your lips?

For about 7 days: Oral herpes, hsv-1, can be found on the lips, gums, roof of the mouth, or around the nose. It begins with a tingling, called a prodrome, and tiny blister like vesicles will appear on area. During the vesicular phase it is transmittable, so caution should be used when contacting other people. A few days after, the vesicles will burst and an open sore will scab, then heal in 10 days. ...Read more

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Oral herpes: there are tiny blisters oozing on my whole lip. What can I do?

Oral herpes: there are tiny blisters oozing on my whole lip. What can I do?

Antiviral med: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrexor another antiviral medication. Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sore. ...Read more

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Do oral herpes always hurt? Because I have some white - yellowish spots on my upper lip but they don't hurt at all.

Herpes hurt?: Many people experience oral herpetic lesions that are not painful at all, so I would have to say no it does not always hurt. ...Read more

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What causes little blisters, itching, burning and severe dryness in the lips? I'm in menopause and no exposure to oral herpes.

What causes little blisters, itching, burning and severe dryness in the lips? I'm in menopause and no exposure to oral herpes.

Burning lips: See your doctors for singe tests... It can be another type of herpes, a fungus or something more serious like a vitamin B12 deficiency or other conditions. Check it out... ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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