[Question #4351] Oral Herpes

31 months ago
Hello, thanks for taking my question.
I am a male. I had unprotected vaginal and oral sex one week ago. My partner said she was clean of all STDs. However, in the past week, I’ve experienced a general tingling of my tongue and lips and some swelling around my lips. I have also developed some white spots in the corners of my lips which can be seen when pressed by my tongue. I have no pain and the tingling has stopped today. I don’t have any symptoms on my genitals. I went to the clinic yesterday and a swab test was conducted. Could this be herpes? Does herpes develop symmetrically on the mouth? Or could this be Fordyce spots? Can Fordyce spots appear suddenly?
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
31 months ago
Fordyce spots would not appear suddenly but I doubt that you pay this close attention to your lips when you are not worried about concerned about possibly having an STI.   Were you the giver of oral sex to her or just kissing?   If you did not give her oral sex, your mouth would not be at risk.   And without the development of specific sores, this sounds nothing at all like herpes to me. 

Terri
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31 months ago
I did give her oral sex. Regarding the outbreak of herpes on the mouth, will it always be asymmetrical? Could the white spots be anything else?
Thanks
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
31 months ago
Herpes lesions of the mouth don't really look like white spots- they either look like blisters or ulcerations or scabs.  I could present on one side or both sides or in the throat.  Also, there is a condition that can present at the corners of your mouth called angular chelitis -look it up on the net and see if you look like that.  Though it is possible that you contracted something by giving oral sex,it isn't likely - big difference and one I hope you can keep in mind while struggling with this.

Terri
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