Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Cold sore didn't scab - is it gone? Was it even a cold sore? Now what?
    An_251782 posted:
    I am almost positive I have/had a cold sore because it is in the exact same location as the previous time I had a cold sore. I was given Valtrex, and have also been using Abreva. It's been about two weeks now, and the bumps have mostly gone away, but I still see very very slight bumps and I'm not sure if they are still cold sores or just natural imperfections of the skin / chapped lips.
    I thought it would have scabbed and healed by now, but it never scabbed. Is there a chance that cold sores could heal without scabbing? As in they would just be all better before they even got to the scabbing stage? Should I be worried that it hasn't changed? The sores don't hurt at all either. But I feel like they must be cold sores, it just feels like a very very long beginning phase.
    I have been holding off on oral sex with my partner, but I don't know if it's even a problem. The bumps are barely noticeable - I can only see them when I look closely in the mirror. What do you think I should do?

    Featuring Experts

    Mohiba K Tareen, MD is a board certified dermatologist who has an innovative practice in Roseville, Minnesota. Tareen Dermatology ( www.TareenDermato...More

    Helpful Tips

    New to Acne or is it even acne?
    I'm 19 years old. I have never had acne a day in my life. ever. ever ever ever ever. In the past month or less, I have developed small ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    0 of 0 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.