herpes on the lips

This may not be the exact look of your condition. Please confirm your diagnosis with your dermatologist.

What is it?

There are two different types of Herpes strains that typically appear in separate places on the body. Herpes type 1 is also known as oral herpes due to its location around the mouth and lips. These sores are commonly called fever blisters or cold sores. Herpes type 2 usually appears in the genital area and thus is commonly called genital herpes.

Of the two, oral herpes is by far the most common. In both types, the virus is never completely eliminated from the body.


Both herpes viruses initially appear as raised, round lesions or blisters around the mouth or genitals. Eventually, the blisters break, leaving open sores. Often the site will itch or tingle a few days before the lesion appears.

Could this be what you have?

Herpes type 1 (oral) can be contracted by:
Kissing an infected person
Sharing objects that are used in the mouth such as a fork or toothbrush
Incidental contact with an open herpes wound

Herpes type 2 (genital) is spread through sexual contact with an infected person. Someone with herpes type 1 may spread the infection through oral-genital contact.

The disease can be contracted even if sores are not present. The herpes viruses may appear in those who are experiencing extreme fatigue or stress or be activated with sun exposure.

Treatment Options @ Pinnacle

There is no cure for herpes; however, there are prescription medications that can effectively reduce healing time and lessen pain related to an outbreak, as well as reduce transmission to others.