5 doctors weighed in:

I have a sore inside my lip with a white head and a purplish color. The purple area has spread around the sore and onto my outer lip. What is it?

5 doctors weighed in
David Miller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Herpes?

It sounds like this could be a cold sore, which is typically caused by the herpes simplex i virus.
Note that this is not the std-form of herpes, which is generally herpes simplex ii and causes genital herpes. Anti-viral medicines can help. If this is a frequent occurrence, see your pcp for an evaluation.

In brief: Herpes?

It sounds like this could be a cold sore, which is typically caused by the herpes simplex i virus.
Note that this is not the std-form of herpes, which is generally herpes simplex ii and causes genital herpes. Anti-viral medicines can help. If this is a frequent occurrence, see your pcp for an evaluation.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
Thank
Dr. Thomas Yash
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See dentist.

There can be several types of sores with some signs like your lesions.
A mucole is a dark bump that could appear purple and white. It is simply a small salivary gland that backed-up like a balloon. There is a hemangioma which is a purplish bubble or spot that is like a blood blister. These two lesions are common on lip due to trama, injury or biting. Have your dentist check it.

In brief: See dentist.

There can be several types of sores with some signs like your lesions.
A mucole is a dark bump that could appear purple and white. It is simply a small salivary gland that backed-up like a balloon. There is a hemangioma which is a purplish bubble or spot that is like a blood blister. These two lesions are common on lip due to trama, injury or biting. Have your dentist check it.
Dr. Thomas Yash
Dr. Thomas Yash
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
20 years in practice
163K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors