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An embarrassing rash around mouth, lips, and facial area can make you want to run and hide. It’s unsightly and awkward and worst of all, it’s a potential STD symptoms that the whole world sees. However, while still embarrassing, a rash around the mouth is often caused by non-contagious or non-sexually transmitted diseases and conditions.
A rash around mouth areas can vary in appearance. Even a mouth rash is a symptom of herpes, it will vary by person. Usually, herpes produces red, painful fever cold sores around the lips. Oral herpes may also resemble acne. When other causes are to blame, the rash may have raised bumps, while other times it may be flat. Rashes may hurt, tingle, itch or feel just fine.
A variety of conditions can cause a rash around the mouth, including the following:
STD testing and herpes testing can help determine the cause of a rash. Type-specific herpes testing can screen for both strains of the virus and provide results within a few days.
However, even if you aren’t sexually active, but you are experiencing signs of herpes, it is very possible that you could still have the virus. Oral herpes is often spread through both sexual activity (vaginal, oral, and anal sex) and non-sexual activity such as a casual kiss or sharing a drink with an infected individual.
If you herpes test comes back negative, other factors may be causing the rash around your mouth. A doctor may be able to assist in further diagnosis.
A herpes mouth rash can be treated with antiviral medication. These drugs will reduce number of herpes outbreaks a person experiences. Symptoms will also be less severe during an outbreak.
If caused by a condition other than herpes, a doctor may prescribe a different medication or treatment based on the diagnosis.