[Question #1815] Cold Sore Questions

42 months ago
Nurse Warren,

Thank you again for your continued help. I decided to ask a new question focused on cold sores. I mentioned the symptoms I'm having -- aching-like jaw and tooth pain mostly in back molars, some tingling and feelings of pressure in the nose and area where my sinuses are located and a tingling on the entirety of both lips. Occasional tingling on the tip of my tongue and some tingling sensation in my cheeks as well. I've also had pretty persistent irritation inside my left nostril. When I touch the area inside the nostril there are small traces of blood (perhaps from cracked dry skin?). The final thing would be a tiny white dot on my lower lip. These particular symptoms have lasted almost a week but the dot just came to my attention a day or so ago. I should add that all of these symptoms of on both sides of the face. 
42 months ago
Also, the spot on my lip is neither red, swollen or painful and I don't notice any concentration of sensation in that particular spot. It just appears like a small white dot on the bottom of the lip. 
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
42 months ago
I think you might be overly focused on the search for herpes symptoms. While oral herpes can show up in the nostril and certainly on the lip, I would expect you to see more distinct symptoms. 
A tiny white dot on your lip sounds nothing like a cold sore to me.  And the tingling you are experiencing is quite vague and could be just about anything. 
If you notice an actual sore either on your lip or in your nostril then you should have that evaluated.  If not,I think you should do your absolute best to try to ignore these symptoms and live your life normally

On this site4, we prefer that people not post more than three threads in 6 months.  Let's finish your questions here and then hold off on more posts, please.

Terri
---
42 months ago
Yes, I will do that. Thank you for your help. My final question is about testing -- at what point after sexual encounter would an Igg be highly accurate?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
42 months ago
I would recommend not testing until 12 weeks to get the clearest and most accurate answer possible.

Terri
---