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I think that the area that you describe the appearance of these blisters is more likley to be a presentation of impetigo which is most commonly caused by strep or staph infections.
I would watch for redness, soreness, spreading.
how can i tell the difference from impetigo from hsv?
I would recommend a doctor examine the area and if it is impetigo I would usually opt to treat with a combination of an oral plus topical antibiotic for increased effectivenes.
HSV are usually very sore disproporionate to their size for one.
They may occur on the inside of the lip or the outside.
what is the healing like? are they going to burst?
They typically start with a blister but develop ulvers.
so the same as a fever blister?
I leave for Hawaii next Friday..
Yes pretty much, people use the term fever blisters for both HSV ulvers and for apthous ulcers.
With treatment either of these usually clears and heals fairly quickly.
This is thanks to the lips haveing a very good blood supply and immune response.
right now the topical ointment i am using "fucidin" will this be enough to clear it?
I'm not familiar with that specific product.
lol my immune system unfortunately is pretty awful
I typically use Bactroban ointment by prescription.
Triple antibiotic ointment should help or bacitracin
besides ointment is there any other home remedies that can speed the process? Im guessing I still have to wait for the blisters to break open to start the healing process.. is it better to not touch them and let them break on their own?
Like I said If I saw it and felt it was impetigo I would use a combination with an oral antibiotic as well for added effectiveness such as Keflex, or Biaxin.
do i need a perscription for these?
If they are small I would leave then alone as much as possible and use the antibiotic ointment.
Yes the oral antibiotics you would need an Rx for.
I think a day will tell you pretty plainly if you need to see the docotr or not....
It will either be getting worse or resolving to an extent most likley within a single day to help point you in the right direction...
okay. one more question
im assuming impetigo is just as contagious? should i be worried that more blisters will spread around my other nostril?
Yes it is contagious. It is a contact contagion.
The bacteria gets on your hands and surfaces easily and is spread in this way.
alright, so refrain from poking at the blisters
It is possible that it might spread to more of the upper lip area or the other nostril.
sounds like fun
well thank you so much for your help
Exactly, that is the best strategy to prevent spread. You aren't going to help anything by poking at it!!
You are very welcome!
its just so hard when i know it still needs to break.. so hard not to speed up the process but i know it will make it worse
just a crappy virus