I'm a long-time lurker, first-time poster, and one of my friends has some unexplained sores.
About a month ago, she had 3 small ones on her face, between her bottom lip and her chin. They lasted a week or two, and she said they looked like they were spreading a bit, so she cleaned them/applied Polysporin, and they healed.
Yesterday we were hanging out, and she said she had similar ones, but this time they were under her armpit. I took a pic and told her I'd ask on here.
I feel bad, because when she first mentioned them to me, all she said was "face" and "blisters", and I said, "Well, that sounds like a herpes outbreak," and now she's freaked out. I've tried talking to her about how it's not the end of the world if it is HSV, and how STIs should be viewed the same way as the flu or a cold, but she's still pretty worried.
We've both been looking online, and now we think it might be Shingles, because she hasn't had the classic crusting that usually accompanies cold sores.
Thanks for any help you can give!