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Can cold sores not go through all the stages. Cause I have small bumps that appear on my top lip and itch sometimes but they never hurt or anything but they just dry up I guess you can say it does have a scab over it, it just goes away leaving dry skin.
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I meant it doesn’t have a scab over it*
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They usually go through all the stages.

There are loads of things that can cause bumps on your lips - irritation, allergic reactions, dermatitis, eczema, Fordyce spots, among a lot of other things.

The only way you'll know what is causing yours is to see a doctor when you have them. If they think it's a cold sore, make them do a culture or PCR swab on it to know for sure.

Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex type 1, and about half the adult population has it. It's important to get this confirmed because it can be transmitted to someone else if you perform oral sex on them, giving them genital herpes type 1.

I don't know how old you are, or if you're sexually active, but don't kiss anyone or give anyone oral sex while you have these symptoms since you don't know what's causing it.
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