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    Old 06-05-2003, 06:09 PM   #1
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    Hi everyone: I have a small area on my upper lip that appears every now and then. It has a little clear fluid in it and bleeds sometimes. I had it frozen off once before when the Derm. said it was a precancer, but I'm wondering if it's really a fever blister. I'm thinking of trying Abreva first to see if that gets rid of it. It's an otc med. for fever blisters. Can anyone describe what a fever blister looks like? I'm so sick of going to Drs. for all my problems. Thanks.

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    Old 06-06-2003, 03:38 PM   #2
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    Hi Sunshine
    I think maybe a fever blister is the US version of what we call a cold sore in the UK & what the medical profession call herpes simplex. From what I can remember, ths virus is something most people acquire as a child - the old wives tale said it came from people kissing babies! Who knows there may be some truth in that The virus lies dormant in your body & appears as a sore (usually somewhere on the face - lip, nostris, chin ) when you have a cold, are exposed to very hot/cold weather or are generally below par. The first sign is often a tingling feeling, followed by the appearance of a blister which can leak clear fluid as you said (it's infectious then). It then dries up & eventually goes away, maybe in around a week or so. I used to suffer badly from them some years ago but once was given a course of Acyclovir tablets from the doctor - it's an anti-viral drug. Since then I rarely get these infections.
    Hope this is of some help.

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