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Have irritation on lips that itch and is red with little swelling and tiny bumps. Applied vaseline. Suggest?

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i have irritation on my lips recently that itch alittle and there is redness and little swelling. Also tiny bumps. i have been just applying Vaseline.
Posted Sun, 14 Jul 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak 1 hour later
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From the description it seems you are having herpes labialis.
It is a viral infection. It is characterised by tingling numbness itching followed by appearance of grouped blisters at the site.
Treatment requires intake of oral antiviral like acyclovir 400 mg thrice in a day for seven days. Acyclovir should be started with in 72 hours of break out. Topically, one should apply antibacterial creams like mupirocin or fusidic acid cream. If three days have already elapsed, then apply topical cream only.
To prevent further episodes, apply acyclovir cream 5 percent at the site of recurrence during prodromal period ( that is when you feel itch, sting, numbness at the site)

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