Can a pimple be mistaken for a cold sore?
When pimples appear on the border of the lip, they can easily be confused for a cold sore, especially in the early stages. Pimples never occur directly on the lip itself. If you have a blemish in the middle of your lip, it’s likely to be a cold sore. Pimples form a raised red bump, not a blister.
What can be mistaken for cold sores?
Sores from angular cheilitis are less common than cold sores, but they often look similar. Angular cheilitis causes inflammation, redness, and irritation at the corners of the mouth. While cold sores are caused by a virus, angular cheilitis can be caused by a number of different things, including fungal infection.
What happens if I have a cold sore and kissed my baby?
You should not kiss a baby if you have a cold sore to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Cold sores and other blisters caused by the herpes virus are at their most contagious when they burst. They remain contagious until completely healed.
How did my baby get a cold sore?
They can spread through saliva, skin-to-skin contact, or by touching an object handled by someone infected with the virus. When a child develops a cold sore for the first time (also called primary HSV), the blisters often spread beyond the lips to the mouth and gums.
Do cold sores look like pimples at first?
Cold sores and pimples may look similar, but there are a few key differences. Cold sores often appear in one place on the lower lip and form as a cluster of small blisters. Pimples can appear anywhere and have a single whitehead or blackhead.
How do you get rid of a cold sore ASAP?
There are antiviral drugs that can help cold sores heal faster, including acyclovir, valacyclovir, famciclovir and penciclovir.
What are the best ways to get rid of a cold sore?
- Cold, damp washcloth.
- Ice or cold compress.
- Petroleum jelly.
- Pain relievers, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.