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Could what i think is a cold sore on my lip really be shingles?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology

In brief: No

Shingles will give you painful sores up the side of your face for a month.
If you are bothered by recurring herpes on the lip, you can get a chapstick with sunscreen & use it several times a day. You can get prescription 1 gram tabs of valacyclovir.: take 2 at the first tingling warning of your next attack. This will make it milder.

In brief: No

Shingles will give you painful sores up the side of your face for a month.
If you are bothered by recurring herpes on the lip, you can get a chapstick with sunscreen & use it several times a day. You can get prescription 1 gram tabs of valacyclovir.: take 2 at the first tingling warning of your next attack. This will make it milder.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Unlikely

If only one sore.
Shingles tends to cause a lot more blisters/sores and the lip is not a very common place for it.

In brief: Unlikely

If only one sore.
Shingles tends to cause a lot more blisters/sores and the lip is not a very common place for it.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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