Here is a tough question to answer – What does herpes look like? Many people confuse it with other diseases and even doctors may not be able to recognize it. However, common herpes symptoms tend to be the same wherever they’re located on the body. The main difference lies in the severity of the symptoms. They may cover a large area and be more acute if it is a first attack of primary infection. Recurrent infections are usually milder, thankfully. If you want a list of diseases that are often confused with genital herpes, you should read the article “what looks like genital herpes”. It helps differentiate between the symptoms of each disease.
What do Herpes Blisters and Sores Look Like?
Herpes often looks like a mosquito bite or paper cut, sometimes a spot or a whitehead. I’m not going to describe all herpes symptoms here as I have another page for it, but here is a short summary. Herpes sometimes starts with an itch and a rash. The skin can become red and tender and look like a spider bite. Then swelling may occur until small blisters or ulcers appear. The skin around them forms a reddish circle. Sometimes these pimples gather together into a larger blister, known as a “crop”. The blisters can be transparent, whitish, yellowish or filled with a greenish liquid. This is usually the most painful moment of an outbreak. Symptoms may vary from time to time and the appearance of the blisters, too. They may change in size, shape or colour or appear in a different location.
What is typical about herpes is that once the blisters burst and become sores, the worst is over and the sores will start to crust after a few days and turn back into healthy skin. Sometimes the new skin may be a slightly different colour than before. It is essential to avoid scratching as much as possible. Scarring from herpes sores is rare, but if people scratch the sores excessively, it can lead to permanent marks on the skin. The symptoms of herpes can be different in men and women.
What does herpes look like in men?
The most common location for genital herpes sores in men is on the penis or around the penis. They can also be found in or around the anus. Men may experience swollen lymph nodes in the groin because the body is trying to fight the infection. There may be difficulty urinating. Don’t be surprised to experience headaches or even fever and muscle pain during an outbreak, too.
Typical herpes symptoms in women
For women, the herpes sores can often be seen outside the vagina, but they are also commonly found inside the vagina. Here they can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. They can cause pain when urinating. They can also cause vaginal discharge. They will not be visible outside of a medical examination. As with men, women can also have lesions in or around the anus. Fever, headaches and muscle pain are common to both men and women.
As I mentioned, the most painful symptoms are usually during the first outbreak. Subsequent outbreaks are usually less severe. In fact, the infection can be relatively painless. Also, with experience, it is possible to anticipate that an outbreak is on the way, even before the skin is affected.
If you want to get a clear picture of what herpes looks like, the best thing to do is to look at photos of herpes. I understand that it is a difficult thing to do as most of herpes pictures online portray the most severe oral or genital herpes symptoms. It can be hard to find good photos of mild herpes symptoms to compare them to.
Below is a good example of a herpes Blister
Blisters: Herpes blisters can look a lot like spots or pimples.
Here is a good example of herpes crusts
Crusts: When the crusts fall away, the skin goes back to normal.
Normal skin: Sometimes there is slight skin discoloration after an outbreak of herpes.
Scarring: Scarring is uncommon but can be caused by too much scratching.
These are NOT herpes symptoms but can be confused with them.
A spider bite:
Acne or pimples :
What does herpes look like in pictures?
Herpes symptoms: understand herpes symptoms. This will give you a very good explanation of what herpes symptoms are in general not just visual