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I haven't had any cold sores or herpes looking blister appear on my mouth. However, Ive been getting better a lot of pimples due to the heat and sweat while I sleep (hot country). 

the other day I was sitting down and relaxing when I suddenly felt a strong tingling feeling over the left corner on my lip. It wasn't on the lil but in the space over it. The feeling lasted maybe thirty minutes or longer but in that span of time that area went from clear to a singular, pimple. The next day it was a white head with a dark center. It was not in a cluster, but another singular pimple appeared over if, but not connected.

Can herpes present itself as a pimple or can acne/pimples tingle?

happy to answer more questions to clarify any thing I missed 

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7 hours ago, boricacid said:

Doesn't sound like herpes to me.  The white head suggests otherwise.  

Thank you for your response. It's been four days since that incident. The white head pimple is all but gone. There was a little crust over it but it brushed off yesterday with one gentle swipe of a finger. The "pimple" in question on top of it is still visible but is fading as well. 

Ive had pimple/zit scars last on my face for weeks but this seems to be going away fast. Everything seems like a OB except the fact that they looked like white heads. 

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5 hours ago, thebear123 said:

Thank you for your response. It's been four days since that incident. The white head pimple is all but gone. There was a little crust over it but it brushed off yesterday with one gentle swipe of a finger. The "pimple" in question on top of it is still visible but is fading as well. 

Ive had pimple/zit scars last on my face for weeks but this seems to be going away fast. Everything seems like a OB except the fact that they looked like white heads. 

Ok, so next time anything like that even begins to form, you may, if you wish, go to a doctor and ask (or demand, if necessary) a herpes culture.  Then, if you'd like, you can get a herpes IgG blood test, as well.  Herpes does present atypically, but I'm still very unconvinced that you have HSV, given your description.  If you do, you don't have it genitally.  Countless people have oral HSV-1.  No biggie. 

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7 hours ago, Queenbeevivian said:

Thats wat mine look like just a pimple and it hurts

Really? Could you describe your outbreaks? How high on your pain scale would you say? When I press on mine it feels like I'm pressing a pimple but it isn't excruciating. 

Also, how long do the outbreaks last and do you experience any prodrome symptoms?

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2 hours ago, boricacid said:

Ok, so next time anything like that even begins to form, you may, if you wish, go to a doctor and ask (or demand, if necessary) a herpes culture.  Then, if you'd like, you can get a herpes IgG blood test, as well.  Herpes does present atypically, but I'm still very unconvinced that you have HSV, given your description.  If you do, you don't have it genitally.  Countless people have oral HSV-1.  No biggie. 

I'm out of the country now and it's been three months since my last IgG (tested negative for both 1 and 2). 

 

Ive experienced tingling in my urethra too (original site of infection according to Doctor I saw back then) so I guess it spread to my oral area too during the incident. 

 

 

 

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Really? Could you describe your outbreaks? How high on your pain scale would you say? When I press on mine it feels like I'm pressing a pimple but it isn't excruciating. 

Also, how long do the outbreaks last and do you experience any prodrome symptoms

 

It hurts like a pimple kinda stings.  Yes i am still learning my body since this is new but ill get tingling or a weird feeling on the outside of my labia

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1 hour ago, Queenbeevivian said:

Really? Could you describe your outbreaks? How high on your pain scale would you say? When I press on mine it feels like I'm pressing a pimple but it isn't excruciating. 

Also, how long do the outbreaks last and do you experience any prodrome symptoms

 

It hurts like a pimple kinda stings.  Yes i am still learning my body since this is new but ill get tingling or a weird feeling on the outside of my labia

Ah I see. I'm sorry about that. Thankfully we can support each other through this.

Is it just a singular pimple that sits on its on red spot, filled with a white pus? Or are there multiple pimples close to each other? How bi are they and do they hurt when you touch them? Do they hurt the entire time they are there?

 

sorry for all the questions. I'm just trying be as informed as possible. Thank you

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1 hour ago, Queenbeevivian said:

Looks like just one and no they dont hurt the entire time, usually gone in about 3 to 4 days.  No worries with the questions were all here for each other. 

Dang that must be what I have then. You must've swabbed it to confirm it was HSV, huh? Is it 1 or 2?

 

Do you have any photos? I tried to take one of mine but my camera phone doesn't pick up the detail well.

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Same here my camera doesnt pick up the details, they r very small almost like the tip of a pin and looking at it w my eyes barely looks like anything is there. But i can feel it. Mine is hsv 1, got it from oral sex. It doesnt cause much problems,  but it seems like i get 1 tiny one every 3 to 4 weeks which im confused abt bc i should have some kind of my own antibodies build up from oral hsv

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2 hours ago, Queenbeevivian said:

Same here my camera doesnt pick up the details, they r very small almost like the tip of a pin and looking at it w my eyes barely looks like anything is there. But i can feel it. Mine is hsv 1, got it from oral sex. It doesnt cause much problems,  but it seems like i get 1 tiny one every 3 to 4 weeks which im confused abt bc i should have some kind of my own antibodies build up from oral hsv

Interesting. Well first off, I'm sorry this happened to you. Again, it's a good thing we both found this website for support and knowledge.

If I can find a way to get even a half decent photo next time it occurs, I'll message it to you or share it. It's interesting how ours has a seemingly "less common" presentation— it's like our partner just thought they had acne or something like it.

What tests did you take? PCR? IgG

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June 4th was my date of exposure. About two weeks later, he said he saw a small, shallow ulcer and told me I had HSV. He prescribed me Acyclocvir 400mg 3x day. I took 2 generic pills before I got a PCR swab that night. That came back negative. I took the igG a few days after and that came back negative for both strains as well. However, I've been experiencing the tingling in both my urethra (twice - once a month at the beginning) then once on the corner of my lip on Sunday before I posted this. 

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Hi. I have these exact same symptoms on my lip

Usually associated with prodrome they are often a single very small white head that often does not break out of the skin before dissapearing

I have only had one major outbreak that I can remember, the rest of the time I simply get these sort of prodromes with a very small whitehead.

 

There frequency does not seem to change with antivirals, infact I have been on suppressive therapy and while my genital herpes has improved I am still getting constant oral prodromes.

 

 

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