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I seem to have some heat boils or I am

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Dr. Kakkar S.

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Posted on Tue, 18 Dec 2018 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I seem to have some heat boils or I am not sure what you call them, please see the pic. I am assuming they are because of body heat but am not sure. Can u please suggest what to do.
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 58 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Herpes Labialis/ cold sores

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to ask a doctor service. I have read your query and viewed the image.

I can see grouped lesions at the angle of mouth. You seem to have Herpes Labialis/ Cold Sores. It is most commonly caused by HSV type 1. Physical examination by a dermatologist will confirm diagnosis.

In addition I suggest you to apply a topical antibiotic e.g Mupirocin 2% ointment (T-Bact cream) twice daily. I suggest you to take an oral antiviral e.g Acyclovir 400mg(Zovirax tab), thrice daily for a week.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if you need any more assistance
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 3 hours later
Hi Doctor. Thanks.
1. Is it serious or can this be cured by the medication u provided? How long do u think this will take to be healed?
2. Would u advice me to go to a doctor directly?
3. Is there a way I can call u to talk on this pls?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Regarding herpes labialis

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

These bumps should dry up in 5 days
However, herpes labialis can recur. The medication I suggested can also be taken for an episode of recurrence. These medications are prescription medications. You may talk to your doctor for a prescription. Let me know after a week if any issues.

take care.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
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