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Herpes Simplex (Definition)

Herpes simplex is also known as Herpes. Herpes simplex is a virus that causes a blistering skin rash. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 usually causes cold sores in the mouth but can infect other organs such as the eye and the brain. HSV type 2 ...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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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 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'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?

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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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more


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Cold Sore (Definition)

A cold sore is a sore that develops on lips. It is caused by infection with one ...Read more


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