Posted by: shaund | 2008/06/18

Cold Sore?

How do i know if i have a cold sore?
there is a blemish in the corner of my lip, looks like a pimple, but how do i know for sure.. are there any tell tale signs ?

i can send a pic if needed


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Hi Shaund
A cold sore usually begins with a burning or itching feeling and then develops into a blister that is painful, eventually pops and dries out, making a crust. It is caused by a herpes virus. Zovirax cream kills the virus if put on within 24-48 hours, otherwise spirits of campher works quite well to dry it out.

One can however also get pimples on the lip, then it will start with a red spot, developing a yellow point and will be sore to the touch. Antibiotic cream like Bactroban would help for this.

Dr Bets

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Posted by: shaund | 2008/06/19

It isn't sore or anything either, but this morning i noticed there isn't any white head such of a pimple

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