Conditions Confused with Herpes

Conditions Confused with Herpes

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Listed below are some conditions confused with herpes simplex:

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Canker sores (aphthous ulcers)

canker sore condition confused with herpes


Usually occur inside the mouth and are gray with a distinct edge, and usually heals within 10 to 14 days without treatment.



Bacterial or yeast infections



Symptoms are sometimes confused with genital herpes, but these conditions do not usually produce blistering. Read more about this infection or view more images here..



impetigo condition mistaken for herpes


A highly infectious bacterial disease, more common among children often producing crusty blisters.





A life-threatening, bacterial infection which causes chancres sometimes mistaken for blisters that look like genital herpes. Unlike genital herpes, Syphilis does not usually produce a cluster of blisters, and it usually responds well to antibiotics. Read more on Syphilis and see syphilis photos here..


Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum mistaken for herpes


Molluscum, like herpes is a viral infection of the skin. Unlike herpes, molluscum produces distinct lesions that are raised, with a central dimple. Follow these links for more information and molluscum photos..



For a better idea of what herpes is and how to recognize the virus you may like to research the symptoms of the herpes virus, and view and compare pictures of real-life herpes infections.

If you think that you may have an STD or STI you can visit the Sexually Transmitted Disease Resource Center for information, pictures and support relating to all the most common STDs.


Mistaken Herpes Symptoms

Herpes outbreaks symptoms can be mistaken for:


Insect bites

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Jock itch

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Razor burn

razor burn mistaken for herpes razor burn confused with herpes





Yeast infections

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hemorrhoids mistaken for herpes hemorrhoids confused with herpes





Ingrown hair follicles

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Should any of these symptoms occur, or you suspect that you may have herpes or any other STD please contact your doctor or other healthcare provider immediately so the symptoms can be properly diagnosed and effectively treated.