Patient: It has been 2 months since my partner and I had oral sex. Today as I was looking in the mirror, i noticed a tiny little bump on the outside edge of my top lip. i am worried it is HSV-1, but at the same time, I’ve also started to notice small acne bumps all around my face. is this a cold sore or just a pimple? It does not seem to itch or anything. I didn’t even know it was there until i ran my finger across my lips and looked in the mirror. In fact, i wasnt even worried about Herpes until the tipic was brought u. – then i started freaking out and stressing.Is it a cold sore? Or is it just a pimple? And can thr first cold sore appear 2 months after exposure?
Doctor: Hello,Thank you for your medical query at AskTheDoctor.comI understand your concern.Since you have acne bumps a ll around your face, it seems to be a part of the acne too.Herpes sores present in clusters and are very painful, it is quite different from an acne.Please do not worry. Herpes can manifest after 2 months, but you could have only acquired the disease if your partner had open sores at the time of the intimate contact. I am sure you would have noticed if that was the case.So please do not worry.Hope this was helpful,Regards.