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A small bump on lower lip. Am I affected by herpes?

Hi. I have a small bump on the lining of my lower lip and I'm terrified and worried it could be herpes. I haven't had sexual contact in over a year. I went to my doctor prior to this and told her that my lip was tingling and she looked at my vitals and all said I was fine. I haven't had any cold sores or blisters either. Please help!
Asked On : Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi and thanks for the query,
Its would be difficult to actually ascertain the cause of the bump based on the description you just gave. But however, it would be worthwhile to make a few clarifications. There are two types of Herpes, labial and genital herpes. The Labial herpes generally is not transmitted through sexual intercourse, although in some rare case, can also be gotten through sex. Herpes is usually an acute viral condition, with itchy blisters that spread rapidly and bursting with scratching in to infect new areas very rapidly. At times accompanied by fever, swollen lymph nodes. In the late stages of this infection, ulcerations might be seen in the mouth which a generally very painful.
What you describe is really not fitting into this clinical scenario and it should be actually very unlikely that it should labial herpes. There is a possibility ti have lumps as such due to local bacterial infections. Diagnosing herpes is relatively simple.
Consult your family physician for an easy diagnosis and early institution of appropriate drugs. I suggest you need not worry that much.
Thanks for the query as I wish you the best of health.
Luchuo, MD.
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Bruce Kinney, DO's  Response
Hello, and welcome to HCM!

A bump on your lip could represent many things, and certainly one of them is a herpes infection. However, there are multiple types of herpes viruses. The one most commonly causing the symptoms you describe is NOT acquired through sexual contact. In fact, many people are exposed to it during early childhood. Here is a link to an excellent website with further information:

I wish you good health, and thank you for posting on HCM!
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