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Listed below are some conditions confused with herpes simplex:
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Canker sores (aphthous ulcers)
Usually occur inside the mouth and are gray with a distinct edge, and usually heals within 10 to 14 days without treatment.
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, 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..
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.
Symptoms Mistaken Herpes
Herpes outbreaks symptoms can sometimes be mistaken for the symptoms of other conditions. The left picture shows the mistaken condition and the right picture show what herpes symptoms can look like.
Ingrown hair follicles
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