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Having inflammation in mouth. Got cold sores. What could this be?

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I have what I believe is some minor inflammation on some Fordyce spots in the corner of my mouth, or possibly a mild angular cheillitis. I do not get cold sores as I do not have HSV1 (or 2). I have kissed one person since last being tested so I suppose there is a small possibility although I am careful with who I kiss and she says she has never had one either. In the name of just being safe I simply wanted to post the pictures and get your professional opinion that it is nothing to worry about. Thank you!

Also let me add...while the redness does feel a little warm, there is zero pain to the spot in question when I touch it. So basically this is pain free. And there are no blisters or anything. Just some redness around what is normally there.
Posted Mon, 3 Jun 2013 in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Answered by Dr. Rakhi Tayal 4 hours later
Thanks for posting your query.
I have seen the pictures attached.
There seems to be a minor inflammation at the angle of your mouth. This is not suggestive of HSV infection. Such minor lesions do improve with application of % hydrocortisone ointment locally in 4-5 days.
In herpes, the lesions are usually seen in clusters and are very painful.
The lesions that you have are not worrisome.
Hope this answers your query. I will be glad to answer the follow up queries that you have.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Rakhi Tayal.
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