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The other night I had some delicious mushroom and shrimp spaghetti. Following this, I noticed a weird tingle on my lip and I tasted blood on my tongue. When I went to the mirror it looked like a long crack or scratch on the right side of my bottom lip. I ran to the pharmacist who barely glanced at it and told me it was a cold sore. She gave me abreva and Carmex and sent me on my way. Her diagnosis seemed quick and didn't sit right with me but I complied.

I applied the Abreva 5 times that night like the package said. When I woke up the next morning I made an appointment with my doctor for later in the afternoon, and then went to the mirror. The crack/fissure/ scratch was completely gone and flattened. When my doctor examined it later in the day, she looked at the spot 3 times and said she did not think it was a cold sore. No blistering formed. It just seemed like a crack in the lip that bled a little. She told me to stop using the abreva and to keep my lip moisturized.

When I got home I had a ham and cheese sandwich with salt pepper and vinegar. Immediately after eating that the same crack appeared but now, on the left side of my lip! I emailed my doctor and she still believed it was not a cold sore. I applied tons of abreva which made the lip tingle. When I woke up this morning, the swelling had gone down, but the crack/fissure is still there.

Both fissures resembled skinny scratches/cuts. When I put abreva there's a lot of tingling and it seems to help. I emailed my doc and she said sometimes the active ingredients in medications work well for more than one ailment. But she just does not think its a cold sore based on my symptoms and looking at it.

Doc says if she thought it was an outbreak, she'd give me a prescription. But she said until an actual outbreak occurs I just have to wait it out to see what it is. This is nerve wracking. 


(White stuff in picture is dried Abreva on my lip)


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The only way to truly know would be having the area swabbed to see if you test positive. If this is not possible, have a blood test done. Prodrome can have many symptoms. Usually tingling, redness, itching, irritation, nerve pain etc... hsv is different for everyone. Hope this helps.

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...and all of this is why I took matters into my own hands, found a lab and got tested. I got tested at my doc and gyn and both test came back negative, but at least my docs offered testing. But I don't think they tested me for HSV because the lab test back positive. 

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Even if you have it, at least you are in the majority and not the minority as far as oral herpes goes. I really don't know why anyone makes a big deal about oral herpes......it makes very little impact on your life other than mild discomfort when outbreaks appear. Just relax and get on with life

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