From the symptoms since the symptoms flared up immediately after eating the food, so it looks like a food allergy reaction. It typically does not appear under cold sores. Pain, burning, tingling, or itching occurs at the infection site before the sores appear. Then clusters of blisters erupt which break down.
You can apply some calamine lotion and take some antihistaminic like Benadryl or Calritin. If the symptoms persist or blisters or sores appear then please consult a dermatologist.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
Dear Dr. Kaur,
Thank you so much for your advice. I had originally been researching it within the first 3 days, and now it has moved to the other side of my lips as well. The originally tiny "sandpaper-like" bumbs went away but I could see the under-lying start of blisters. I was trying to keep the blisters from becoming blisters and drying them out with nail polish remover (just dabbing - I know it sounds foolish, but it's ethyl acetate and not acetone as I did not have any peroxide and I washed it off immediately with soap and water as well - though I have stopped since I discussed this with my dad and he yelled at me for putting poison to my lips & vulnerable membranes - I had thought it a reasonable alternative at the time). Anyways, that is why the blisters did not fully develop, however I took more pictures with my camera and without pressing my lips outward (with my tongue behind) to the person on the street you see nothing, my lips look fine however my camera captures the full blisters and everything (and more) of what I originally saw there. I think it is indeed herpes, although I don't know why it reacted in such a way to the food. I have had a severe sore throat for the past few days and today a headache and mild fever all day long. My lips are burning and tingling in the spots (which is driving me nuts now!) - more on the right side than the left now while the left side was the original site. After posting I also discussed this with my dad as well. The "ichy-ness" I described I think was minor tingling as it appears that was the onset of all of this and since this has gone on for exactly one week now, I don't know if they will get better or worse, as I am feeling worse than I have all this time, although it is only supposed to last 7-10 days.
As you mentioned the only way to know for certain is to visit the doctor. I did read however that blood tests will only be able to pick it up after incubating for 3 months within the body's system in order to develop anti-bodies if I indeed to have it. I am trying to plan a visit home in June and will get a blood test then. Until that time, if it gets worse, I will visit the doctor. I will hold out the tiny 1 or 2% chance of hope that it is only allergies, but unfortunately I don't think it is. :-( May I ask, if it IS some sort of contact dermatitis by some small chance, how long - how many days - that reaction may last? The illness may be unrelated as many people at seem to be sick right now, but regarding related symptoms to Herpes, I think it is all related.
Apologies if this is more than you were looking to know, but I really appreciate your response and your expert/professional advice as well as your sincerity. I hope you have a wonderful week and take care as well!
Thanks you for your kind words I really appreciate it. Contact dermatitis usually lasts for a few days but it depends on the reacton of the immune system. Since you are now having these symptoms, so definitely oral herpes needs to be ruled out.
You need to get some investigations like sample from the sores to identify the virus, culture analysis, Tzanck smear, antigen and antibody studies and blood sampling for antibody studies done to confirm the diagnosis. My sincere advice would be to consult a dermatologist.
I hope it helps. Take care and regards.