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)
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.
Mistaken Herpes Symptoms
Herpes outbreaks symptoms can be mistaken for:
Ingrown hair follicles
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.