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I have swollen, cracked lips with cold sores and tiny bumps all over them. My lips are also very sore and tender. What could have caused this?


A spectrum of conditions ranging from the dryness, to irritation from cosmetics/food, as well as actual infections such as viral infections can cause this. It is best to be checked by a physician in case prescription antivirals are needed.

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Elma D Baron, MD Elma D Baron, MD
Associate Professor of Dermatology
Director, Skin Study Center
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University