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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 generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...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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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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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

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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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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

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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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