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Red bump on lip. needing identifying

Patient: How do i tell if i have a pimple on the corner or my lip ir if its a cold sore?

 

 

Symptoms: Red bump on the corner of my mouth

 

 

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Doctor: Thank you for your question. A cold sore would be a sudden painful eruption, in the area of your lip. In comparison, com edones (pimples) are usually smaller, less painful, and may resolve in a shorter period of time compared to cold sores. Based on the photograph you provided, this appears that this lesion is more consistent with a pimple rather than a cold sore. If you are still concerned that this may be a cold sore, you can have a doctor examine it in person and take a swabbing of it to send for laboratory testing to detect the herpes simplex virus (the virus which causes cold sores).Thank you for consulting AskTheDocotor.com

 


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Dr. Jimmy Obaji M.D.

Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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