Hi, I have a cold sore and it is in the scabbing stage.


Q: Hi,
I have a cold sore and it is in the scabbing stage. I only had a cold sore once before in my life which was about a year ago. This time while its in the scabbing stage 4 tiny new bumps have just appeared and I have been using over the counter medicine. Are the 4 tiny bumps going to turn into cold sores too?

Hi,  I have a cold sore and...-1

A:   Hello. Welcome to ask the doctor.
I understand your concern.

I have seen the attached pic also.
As per details, it seems that you are suffering from a condition called Herpes labialis.
It is a viral infection of the skin caused by Human herpesvirus.
Herpes labialis is a highly recurring condition which is characterised by grouped fluid filled lesions limited to one side of face near lips usually.
In such cases, I prefer to advise oral antivirals within 72 hours of eruption.
You may apply topical antibiotic cream like mupirocin 2 percent over the affected area.
Avoid touching the bumps.
You can share my opinion with your doctor.

I hope it helps.
Take care.

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