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Alright, well, first off, since I was a child, I've been getting cracked lips on the corners of my mouth on rare occasions. I'm now 17 years old, and I still get them every once in awhile during the cold weather, or if I don't get enough hydration, but since I've been drinking lots of water, these cracked lips haven't appeared in a long time. Well, at least until recently.
So what has me actually concerned here is that earlier during the week, I caught the common cold from hanging out with one of my friends who was sick with the cold. On Tuesday morning, which was the first day my cold kicked in, I woke up not only with the regular cold symptoms (stuffy nose, achy joints and headache) but I also woke up with extremely dry lips. I figured it was just the usual cracked or chapped lips, probably from the dry air, but today I'm a bit worried about the condition. When I checked them out earlier this evening, it seemed like some bumps were developing on my lips. Currently, I have one pimple-like bump on one side of my lip (as seen on the left side of picture), and on the other side are small dry spots on my lip. I cannot tell WHAT in the world they are because they are rather small and not very noticeable. I have to look especially close to be able to see these dry spots on the left of my upper lip.
Now I'm kind of a hypochondriac. Once I started researching all of this information on Herpes, I started flipping out, thinking that I have HSV 1. I'm worrying because if they ARE cold sores due to HSV 1, I don't want to pass them to my boyfriend (who I'm supposed to be seeing tomorrow.) Assuming from what the internet says, a cold sore seems to always be HSV 1.
So, I'm seeking some advice, hopefully some that will put my mind at ease about all of this. How do you tell the difference between HSV 1 and a cracked lip? Is a bump or dry spot on the lip definitely a cold sore? These are some things I'd like to know.
Well for starters, a cold sore is caused by the herpes simplex virus. the 1 in hsv-1 just designates the area of the body affected. 1 means above the waist and hsv-2 means below the waist. this is a common condition affecting over 80% of the earth's population. the herpes,shingles,and chicken pox are all basicly the same virus. The varicella virus. symptoms of a true cold sore are usually a tingling sensation on the spot where the bump appears right before the outbreak. Once the bump appears there may be oozing,pus etc. and also it may "scab over" resulting in a crust-like lesion on top of the bump. during the oozing and crusting period, this is when it is most contagious. If it is not a cold sore then it could just be a pimple like you said or a heat bump. Dry and cracked lips plus sores on mouth may also indicate a vitamin deficiency and along with other symptoms could indicate stomatitis. They say when you have problems with your stomach you will have problems with your mouth as well. A doctors visit would definitely help you pin-point what it is and a doctor could inform you more specifically when the cold sores are most contagious and what precautions must be taken to keep from passing to others.
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