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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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. Pathave Hari Shivaram

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, neutrophili...  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. Thakare Sampada Avinash

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 man...  Read Full »

What is the cause for getting swollen and tender lower lips every two months?

Query: Hi doctor,I would like to give an insight into my problem, with started ending of last year. I noticed that I have some dry skin on my lower lip and a very small scab just underneath it. I ignored the same and thought it is due to winter. Five months back, I had a tender lower lip, which eventually ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your clinical image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is more for folliculitis over the chin area with cheilitis over the lips. From your image, the lesions do not appear herpetic at present. The investigations also support the same. Also, the repeated ...  Read Full »

I have recurrent herpes on my lips. Can you please help?

Query: Hello doctor, I have herpes on my lips and inside my mouth for the third time in the past two months. The symptoms are fluid blisters and itching on the lips in the corners.  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Yes, it looks like herpes labialis (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Herpes can be recurrent. If there are multiple episodes within three to six months or more than six in a year, continuous antivirals like tablet ...  Read Full »

My wife developed oral lesions after I kissed a sex worker. What could this be?

Query: Hi doctor, I had multiple protected sexual encounters with a commercial sex worker last year. However, I remember that the four previous protected encounters were five to six months ago. I have used a condom every time in all the encounters, but in the last encounter five months ago, I kissed a sex ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder K. Manchanda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. If there is no further exposure, a negative HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) antibody test will be considered conclusive 90 days after the last unprotected exposure. Those articles could mention patients receiving high-dose steroids or imm...  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. Sushil Kakkar

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 thyr...  Read Full »

What can I do for the recurrent cold sores on the left side of my lower lips?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been getting cold sores for years now, and they are always in the same place on the left side of my lower lip. Two weeks ago, I just got over a cold sore, and about two days ago, a red bump appeared on my skin, which attaches a little bit at the edge the corner of my mouth. So, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern and examined your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems you have developed infected herpes labialis. I suggest you try using the following: 5 % Acyclovir ointment, twice daily. Mupirocin ointment, twice daily. Tablet ...  Read Full »

What is the painful lesion present on my lips?

Query: Hello doctor,I regularly have chapped and dry lips, and this spot was a cut on the lips, and I messed with it. I have attached a picture. Is this a pimple or could it be herpes? I have no other symptoms and a cluster of bumps did not form before this. It was red at first and pain-free, but now it ...  Read Full »


Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and I understand your worry.This lesion seems to be infective in nature. Herpes which spreads sexually is herpes progenitalis, which occurs over genitals. Herpes occurring over lips is herpes simplex...  Read Full »

What are the reasons for mouth ulcers, sore throat, and canker sore on my gum after having sex with a CSW?

Query: Hello doctor, Please help me. I had sex with a CSW for the first time, two months back. First, we had oral and penetrative sex using a condom. Then we had oral sex without a condom. The first time, the girl helped me put the condom. But later, I put it myself, as it was the first time. I put it bac...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern. The window period for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) can last up to 12 weeks. HIV infection cannot be diagnosed during this period because antibodies to HIV have not developed during this period. The test most commonly used in th...  Read Full »

Do HSV infection recur?

Query: Hello doctor, Some months back, I got a sore on my lips. So, I went to see the doctor who diagnosed it as HSV-1 through a swab test. It was the first time I had it, and I did not know about it before. I did not have a recurrence even after three months, but I was told that it is a recurrent conditio...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and concerns. It seems you have herpes labialis. It is an infection of the oral mucosa seen in young adults due to HSV (herpes simplex virus) type 1 or rarely type 2. It is a common disease, and in most cases, the transfer is through sexual contact...  Read Full »

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