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Blister on Lip after sun burn

Aloha! I am in my late 20's. I have been a tropic/sun lover pretty much since the day I was born. Twice now, in the past 4 years, I have over exposed myself to the sun, in a pretty extreme way. Last week, I was body boarding, and got more sun than I though I had. I knew my lips felt extremely burn; The following day, I accidently bit my lip... 2 days later: 1. my lip started swelling 2. a noticeable whiteness started to take place in the center of the swelling.

My question is... do you think I am dealing with a herpes simplex, or could it be a result of sun burn to the lips? Of course I hope it is the sun burn.

I am currently treating it with the common name 'plantain'.. not the banana, the herb.... seems to work for all other abrasions, and it so far has made the swelling go down.

  J*mie on 2006-07-20
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recurring incidents --will give rise to thought that something is behind symptoms experienced--not necessaryily herpes..

how much sun typically get a day?

how often exactly this occur as such?

any chance using any medicines or such give rise to these incidents?
John Stanton last decade
This to my knowledge has only happened 3 times my entire life. Everytime in association to the sun. One happened when I was 18, shortly after arriving to college....

the second was approximately 3 years ago... i tanned in a sunbed before going on vacation.. the lips peeled, i accidently peeled some of the skin off, then the blister revealed.

This time, like i said I went to the ocean.. and was exposed for approx 5 hours during the high point of the day.

In the summer I usually get sun 4-6 days a week (2-3 hours a day), as I am out doors almost everyday... In the winter I do not do much for sun.. occasionally go for an indoor tan... just for the UV lift it gives me.

I do not take any medicines.. NO prescriptions, and rarely anything over the counter. I used shea butter/mint lip balm... beeswax base.

The main factors that have been the same in any incident, is that the lips, and whole body is over exposed to sun... then i irritate it by accidently biting it, or peeling skin off.... then the blister shows up.....

I am continuing to put a plantain poltice on it.. and the swelling is almost entirely gone.. even the whiteness in the center has faded....

still looking for the root of the matter....


J*mie last decade
My son teaches tennis for a living and has found that if he does not use a good lip balm with SPF 15 or so, he will get a fever blister. He likes Blistex. He is not able to use any other type of cream on his lips, or go without. I believe it is Herpes; I have seen it. I had the same thing when I was growing up, but it usually came after an upset stomach.
patti3046 last decade
By the way, Lysine really helps prevent them and/or make the outbreak shorter. Take it with food as it really upsets my stomach. I never took it daily, but would grab 6-7 whenever I felt one coming on. I kept taking a couple at a time every hour or so until I was sure it was not going to come out.
patti3046 last decade
Thanks Patti...

I have Lysine lip balm.. you inspired me to get up and dig that out! Enjoying the sensation now...

Hate to think it could be Herpes... but, still looking forward to hearing other thoughts....

Mind you... I have been in the sun ALOT over the past years.. and have been more burned than I was this past weekend...without the blister.

I think it also has to do with hydration...

Either way, Thanks so much for your thoughts...

Be Well!
J*mie last decade

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