Listed below are some conditions confused with herpes simplex:
Bacterial or yeast infections symptoms are sometimes confused with genital herpes, but these conditions do not usually produce blistering.
Syphilis, a bacterial infection, causes chancres sometimes mistaken for blisters caused by genital herpes. Unlike genital herpes, Syphilis does not usually produce a cluster of blisters, and it usually responds well to antibiotics.
Molluscum contagiosum (molluscum), like herpes is a viral infection of the skin. Unlike herpes, molluscum produces distinct lesions that are raised, with a central dimple.
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.
If you suspect that you may have genital herpes, an infection caused by the herpes virus or any other STD please contact your local health care provider for a professional diagnosis.
Herpes outbreaks can be mistaken for:
- insect bites
- jock itch
- razor burn
- yeast infections
- ingrown hair follicles
Should any of these symptoms occur, consult your doctor or other healthcare provider immediately so that the real cause of your symptoms can be properly diagnosed and treated. Genital herpes should be diagnosed and treated professionally.