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Posted on Fri, 14 Nov 2014
Question: My 3 year old son has a runny nose since yesterday. I noticed he was sucking his lower lip and applying pressure to it with his top teeth, mostly in an effort to slow the runny nose ( he hates having his nose wiped). Last night at bedtime I noticed a white spot on his lower lip. No swelling or redness, just a white spot that looked like broken skin. It dried out during the night and now looks greenish/white. Could it be a cold sore? I'm so worried about my kids getting cold sores! It certainly doesn't look like any cold sore I've ever had, but I don't know what else it could be!
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (21 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Unlikley to be cold sore!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about what you have reported. A certain no one would like the child having a cold sore. Cold sores develop over a few days and visibly become a sore before crusting. From what you described, this is unlikely to be one. I rather suspect that he caused a minor trauma no the tissue of the lower lip that led to a death tissue that dried over the night.

To be very sure about this, please provide an image for review and more information. The link to do so is on the right side of your dashboard.

Hope to hear from you soon before concluding on this.
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Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah (54 minutes later)
These were the best photos i could get. The best way to describe it is a flap of skin. It keeps changing shapes. I think youre right about it being dead tissue .
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (56 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
NOt a cold sore!

Detailed Answer:
With all the information you have provided and after reviewing the image, this is not a cold sore. I will suggest you do not take any further medical action on this.

I hope this helps. Let me know if there is something more you would like us to talk about at this time.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Brief Answer: Unlikley to be cold sore! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about what you have reported. A certain no one would like the child having a cold sore. Cold sores develop over a few days and visibly become a sore before crusting. From what you described, this is unlikely to be one. I rather suspect that he caused a minor trauma no the tissue of the lower lip that led to a death tissue that dried over the night. To be very sure about this, please provide an image for review and more information. The link to do so is on the right side of your dashboard. Hope to hear from you soon before concluding on this.