Herpes Labialis

The type of herpes infection that results in core sores on the lips is called herpes labialis. Usually, the type 1 virus (HSV-1) causes lesions on the lips and around the mouth. Your doctor might prescribe antiviral ointments or tablets.

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Could herpes labialis recur after four years?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a recurrence of herpes labialis after four years. Before four years, I had severe blisters on the lips with fever. But now, I have blisters alone. I was given Valacyclovir and Acyclovir before four years for the outbreak. Please suggest me what to do.  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You have been suffering from herpes labialis induced blisters on the lips before four years. According to the picture that is provided here, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) it shows that you suffer from cold sore blisters on t...  Read Full »

Is it safe to have oral sex with a popped pimple on the lips?

Query: Hello doctor, I popped a pimple on my lip, and I want to have oral sex. Will I catch anything if I have oral sex? It does not bleed, but when I applied spirit, it burns. Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your partner is healthy and does not have any disease, such as sexually transmitted infection or HIV, then you will not have anything. But if he/she has some infection or itching, then there are chances that you might get it. If you want to have oral sex and avo...  Read Full »

Will lesions on lips recur often?

Query: Hello doctor, I have lesions on lips reduced for a few days and now it started to come again. I have a burning and itching sensation. I took tablet Acyclovir 400 mg, Levocet 5 mg, and Acyclovir cream IP 5% for 10 days.   Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Apply Sodium fusidate cream twice daily on it for seven days, tablet Pregaba M tablet two times daily for seven days. I need to ask a few questions also. Did you take Acyclovir three times dai...  Read Full »

What to do for cluster of blisters present in the corners of the mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, Can you tell me if a cluster of blisters that went from deflated in the center to smaller clusters, to ulcers healing in three days sounds more like a cold sore or impetigo? It appeared next to a picked pimple by where I have had cold sores before, but this was a cluster of tiny blist...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your history and photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity), you have developed herpes labialis also known as cold sore. Herpes labialis is a kind of viral infection with HSV (herpes simplex virus) virus. It is not a bacterial infection ...  Read Full »

Why do I get recurrent cold sores?

Query: Hi doctor, I get cold sores about every 2 years over the past 15 years and they go through the five stages of healing which take about 10-14 days to heal. Over the past two years, I have got two cold sores that have not completely healed. One was before a year and the most recent one was in Febru...  Read Full »


Dr. Hari Pathave

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your information and photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I can see there is swelling and some small pus-filled rash and small scars. If it is recurrent then there are some possibilities like herpes labialis, cyclic neutropenia, neutrophi...  Read Full »

Is the lesion on my lip suggestive of cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from an awkward spot on my lower lip. It is like a basic symptom of lip cancer. Please give your valuable suggestion.  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case. There are many causes and clinical presentation of lip cancer. You should provide a complete history of the lesion for how long it has been there and also send picture as well. Or please see dermatologist personally.  Read Full »

How will herpes labialis spread?

Query: Hi doctor, Before a month, someone who has labial herpes kissed me on my cheek. After that, my lips were burning, but I did not apply any lotion on the lips till now. I am a little bit hypochondriac. Before two days I met my boyfriend and I kissed him on the cheeks. The next day, I feel pain on my ...  Read Full »


Dr. Manish Purohit

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Microbiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As I understand you are conscious about you and your friend's health. But, no need to worry. First, I would like to tell you that herpes infection are transmitted by direct contact like kissing and manifest with multiple painful vesicle, which may develop to ulceratio...  Read Full »

How to prevent the spread of HSV-1 virus to new outbreak sites?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 46-year-old male. I have recurring HSV-1 around the base (and inside) the nose. I have an outbreak now and my last outbreak was about 52 days ago. In childhood, I began with blisters on the lips; in the past five to 10 years, it seems it has migrated to the nose. Also, in the pa...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. I can understand the pain and frustration that a person goes through while getting a recurring infection and is on treatment for prolonged periods. Our options for herpes is limited. The guidelines say that for recurrent HSV (herpes simplex vi...  Read Full »

Does a breakout of cold sores mean I am HIV positive?

Query: Hello doctor, I had pelvic pain for two to three days. My period was very spotty this month. I did not really have one and my period has always been regular. Could this be a sign and symptom of HIV? I am not pregnant. I get yearly lab tests and everything is normal. I got a yearly TB test at th...  Read Full »


Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have noted your concern. An irregular period is not a sign of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection nor is a breakout of labial herpes (cold sores). An irregular period could be due to other reasons like stress, anxiety, hormonal imbalances of the thyroid, wei...  Read Full »

Shall I take Lysine for herpes infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I have herpes. It was diagnosed around 2 years ago. I had a breakout and took some antiviral Acyclovir pills. I am starting to have outbreaks again on my lips. I have both types of herpes. I have heard that Lysine fights herpes and so I am taking some vitamins too. I would like to know ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You need to understand the basic pathology about herpes. You had herpes genitalis in the past and there are chances of you having recurrent episode if your immunity is low. As your partner also has it, you both need to take antiviral therapy. The most important line of ma...  Read Full »

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