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How can tiny bumps on my lips which do not itch or burn but occur periodically be treated?

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I found really tiny bumps on my lips after oral sex. I thought it was herpes, but they do not look or sound like any description of herpes or even fordyce bumps, they are the same color as my lips and are extremely tiny with the biggest maype being the size of a pen. I thought it was dehydration bumps as it matched the description and it want away in a week, but now they have returned, more of them and with no dehydration or sex I wonder what they are. I do not use any chapstick or burts bees wax or anything on my lips. they do not itch or burn, I only notice them since my lips feel bumpy. Mostly on my bottom lip and inner bottom lip. I used to get a similar reaction in the woods when I cam in contact with poison ivy. but it would go away. I do not know if they are related or if my partner has transferred some problem to me-which she insists she hasn't.
Posted Sat, 14 Apr 2012 in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Answered by Dr. Vidya Muralidhar 2 hours later

Thanks for the query.

The description of the tiny spots on your lips which fade away and return again in a short span of time could most probably not be related to the oral sex you had.If your partner has been tested negative for it and you have no other symptoms, do not worry about the chances of contracting an infection.

I am of the opinion that these could most probably be due to a multivitamin deficiency, vit B group of vitamins to be more specific about.

Dry lips, dehydration,anemia could be the other causes.

I would suggest you follow these measures to deal with them

1.Drink lots of water daily
2.Avoid smoking, alcohol, tea, coffee and spicy food.
3. Include a lot of XXXXXXX leafy vegetables, fruits in your diet.Make your meal colorful, this would increase antioxidants which fight infections and maintain good health
4. A course of a good multivitamin tablet for 3 months, would surely help you.
5.Consult a Physician and get an examination done. I would suggest you get these investigations done
a) Complete blood count
b) Hemoglobin
c)Urine routine and microscopy
d)Blood urea and Ser.Creatinine

An examination would surely be needed to come to a definitive diagnosis.

Hope this answers your query.I am available for follow ups as well.

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Follow-up: How can tiny bumps on my lips which do not itch or burn but occur periodically be treated? 44 minutes later
Thank you for your response. I believe I may already be following a similar diet, and I Wonder about the vitamin deficiency, I take multivitamins daily, plus omega 3,6,9. I take b12 vitamins, arganine and I eat healthy-or so I think. during the week, it is salads, chicken or seafood. red meat or junk on weekends. I do not drink, smoke, or do drugs. I drink propel, not as much water as I should, and off and on energy drinks plus lots of natural juices-like grape juice and other 100% natural drinks. I drink pop only rarely and it is not kept at my house. I drink a v8 for breakfast with a banana. I do often eat a spicy instant noodle for lunch-but have done that on and off for years. I try to maintain a healthy body and work out usually at least two times a week at a gym. I have noticed that I have also had a few bumps develop on my tongue, but thought it may have beed from too hot microwave food, but may be related? only thing is when I chew my normal gum (trident white spearmint) it has started stinging the tip of my tongue where the bumps are-maybe less than half a dozen. I am a man of less XXXXXXX desirable financial means and have no doctor or insurance and cannot risk going to the doctor for anything less than a dire reason. Knowing your reccomendations are sound, what would I be seeking from the doctor? What would be the worst case scenario? If it is not life threatening, contagious-sexually or otherwise, I could not afford such a test. Plus there is the fact that Nothing has appeared on my penis. I do not know what could cause this since I maintain the same lifestyle with everything with the exception of the girlfriend that has no symptoms. I did manage to find a picture online that looks remarkable similar -minus the chapped lips:
WWW.WWWW.WW It is currently undiagnosed

Taking into account your dietary suggestions- is there any over the counter medication that may fade, or potentially cure this? Everywhere I read I find people that say they do not know what it is, but have learned to deal with it. i know your ultimate reccomendation would be to see a doctor, and under ideal circumstances I would, but I have found the local ones here to be less than concerned and overpriced.My issue is also-at a best guess-with no one being able to diagnose others with similar issues, is it sensible to go to a doctor, or wait and see if they fade or get worse? What if they get worse would you suspect hypothetcally that it would be in a worse case scenario?

Thank you for your time.
Answered by Dr. Vidya Muralidhar 4 hours later

Thanks for writing back

I did view the link you sent me. I am of the opinion that it is a simple cold or canker sore in the mouth. It does not seems to worried about. Your thoughts about the incident that took place is taking off peace within you. You seem to be stressful.

If I were to be your doctor I would let go of it and expect it to resolve spontaneously. However, I would alert you that this could recur a couple of times.

Application of METROGYL mouth gel over the bumps could be helpful. Inquire if it is an Over the counter medicine with the pharmacist. Else you can pick Oral Xylocaine gel speaking to the Pharmacist. If not last resort, you can prepare baking soda paste with water. Apply this three times a day 30 minutes before a meal.

These will resolve spontaneously. Continue your multivitamins, greens and juicy fruits. Last but not least adopt stress busters like exercise, relaxing techniques, sport etc.

Hope this helps.
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