How Can I Tell a Cold Sore from a Pimple?

Q:
How can I tell a cold sore from a pimple?

A:
A cold sore and a pimple look similar. They can make you feel uncomfortable. However, there are differences between them. Following tips can help you tell a cold sore from a pimple:

  • Cold sores usually appear in one area each time. Pimples can appear anywhere.
  • Cold sores can itch, burn or tingle. Pimples may be painful to touch.
  • Cold sores consist of a few small blisters clustering together. Pimples have a single whitehead or blackhead.

If you want to know the exact type, you had better visit your doctor. Your doctor will do blood testing or biopsy to confirm a diagnosis. Both cold sores and pimples can be treated

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