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Hello again, and thank you in advance for being my go to source. Ive had something on/under my lip for about a week, and i dont know how to tell whether it is a cold sore or a zit. It definitely started out with a white head to it, and i was washing my face with my normal acne medication and popped it (which i know you're not supposed to do, but having space mountain on your face is just not pretty at all, although neither is having an acne scar, but we'll cross that proverbial bridge when we come to it). Anyways. When it popped, the same stuff that usually comes out of my zits came out of it, but i am a little nervous that it may have turned into a cold sore because it looks kind of like a blister now. But I'm wondering if maybe it just looks different due to its location? Or if I just haven't been monitoring the way my healing pimples looked like in the past because it never really mattered? I've been putting my acne medicine on it, which seems to be fading it, however i still don't know. I've been abstaining from oral sex with my boyfriend lately, in case it is a cold sore, because i don't want to give him herpes. But am I overreacting? I probably would have to see a doctor about this, but I was hoping you could possibly shed some light on the topic of zits/vs cold sores, and transmitting herpes that way, for future reference.
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