Cold sore vs. zit (gross, sorry)
February 2, 2013 9:55 PM Subscribe
How do I tell the difference between a cold sore and a zit?
posted by kat518 to health & fitness (8 answers total)
My husband has been affected by cold sores lately. He said that they hurt and generally happen near your lips. He bought some Abreva and has been using it.
I get zits near my lips - or at least I thought they were zits? I get my upper lip waxed on a regular basis so I have had ingrown hairs and I thought other red bumps near my lip line were zits but maybe they were cold sores?
The current one is just a red bump. I can't tell if it's a zit or a future cold sore. I've been putting Abreva on it, fearing the worst, but I don't know if that's the right thing to do. Before it was a little sensitive but I touched it when I got out of the shower just now and it didn't feel like anything.
My dermatologist prescribed Acanya for my acne and I use that regularly. If i hadn't been using the Abreva on the ambiguous cold zit, I would be putting Acanya on it, which I imagine would just dry it out, whatever it is.
So how do you tell the difference between a zit and a cold sore? If you're not sure, is it a bad idea to put Abreva on it? Is there a better way to deal with cold sores? I saw someone suggest putting a used tea bag on your face but when I mentioned that to my husband, he made an inappropriate joke.