How to Tell If It’s a Herpes Rash
Published July 31st, 2020
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the most widespread infections in the world. There are generally two types of herpes, type 1 and type 2.
HSV-1 is the less severe of the two, coming in the form of oral sores. Type 1 affects about 67% of people under the age of 50.
HSV-2 is the more severe case showing up as both oral and genital sores. HSV-2 infects fewer people, with about 13% of the population under 50.
Both types are contagious lifelong infections, while patients are usually asymptomatic. However, symptoms of each type do manifest themselves through painful blisters and rashes.
Rashes of blisters are among the most common symptoms of this infection, so it’s crucial to tell when it’s a herpes rash.
What does a herpes rash look like?
Herpes rashes often look like red spots or sores generally around the mouth or other parts of the body. They develop around parts where herpes was most likely contracted.
When you get a herpes rash, you’ll feel an itchy, burning sensation around the affected area. You might feel this a day before the sores actually appear. Some instances will have you feeling a burning sensation when you urinate.
The sores can be tender and painful to the touch. They look a lot like small pouches or boils filled with fluid before they develop into full-on pustules. These pustules will then rupture, ooze liquid, then form a crust all in a matter of 10 days.
If this is the first instance of a herpes outbreak, it should be quite painful and severe. The following outbreaks will gradually get better in pain and severity.
Contact dermatitis is not herpes.
Contact dermatitis is often mistaken for a herpes rash. Contact dermatitis is an itchy, flaky rash with results in redness of the skin. An allergic reaction to different soaps, jewelry, and others usually causes this.
Often, contact dermatitis goes away after you wash the affected body part with mild soap.
What can I do to treat herpes rash?
Here are some things you can do to relieve pain during herpes rash:
- Take acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or aspirin.
- Apply a cold compress to the affected areas
- Apply some vaseline to the affected area which can reduce itching
- Wear loose clothes to minimize contact with the affected area
- Wash the affected area with plain water
What can I do to lessen or prevent herpes rash?
You may not be able to eliminate herpes rash from occurring totally, but here are some practices you should do to reduce the likelihood. Most of these involve boosting your immune system.
- Avoid stressful situations. High stress and anxiety can affect our immune system poorly.
- Get enough rest and sleep. Sufficient sleep is needed for our bodies to function correctly and to keep our immune system healthy.
- Eat healthy food. Avoid fried food, sugar, and others that will be detrimental to your health.
- Avoid extreme temperatures. Don’t go into areas that are too hot or too cold because the imbalance in temperature can trigger outbreaks.
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About The Author
Terrence Tan Ting is an industrial engineer by profession but a full time writer by passion. He loves to write about a wide range of topics from many different industries thanks to his undying curiosity.