What Does Herpes Look Like?

What does herpes look like is a common question from people who suspect they have genital herpes symptoms. A lot of people confuse it with other skin conditions such as a rash or pimples.

Many times people describe herpes blisters as an insect bite, razor burn, cut from shaving, an ingrown hair or simply think it’s a yeast infection. 

Let’s take a closer look at each and compare them to a typical herpes blister.

1.  An insect Bite:  Certainly an insect bite can resemble a herpes blister but it really depends on the particular insect that does the biting.  Insect bites tend to have a lot of swelling, itching and pain in the localized area of the bite.  Additionally, if you look close enough you can actually see the bite marks on your skin.  Of all the insect bites that I have had over the years, a fire ant bites and perhaps a flea bite most closely looks like a herpes blister but the differences are still major.  Both bites begin looking like herpes sores but soon develops into a more “pimple-like” appearance.  See the pictures of various insect bites below and compare them to the pictures of a typical herpes blister.

Picture of a Herpes Outbreak

What Does Herpes Look Like?

Above Picture of an Ant Bite

Above Picture of a Fire Ant Bite

Above Picture of Bed Bug Bites

Above Picture of a Black Widow Spider Bite

What Does Herpes Look Like

Above Picture of a Mosquito Bite on a Hand

Above Picture of another Mosquito Bite on Arm

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2.  Razor Burn Rash and Cut from Shaving:  According to WebMD.com, a razor burn or razor bumps, also called pseudofolliculitis barbae, are small, irritated bumps on the skin. They develop after shaving, when strands of hair curl back on themselves and grow into the skin. Razor bumps cause irritation and pimples. They also may cause scarring.  Please see the pictures below and compare to the pictures of typical herpes sore.  See the images below and compare.

Above Picture of Razor Burn in The Pubic Area

Above Picture of Razor Burn on Neck

Above Picture of Cuts From Shaving

3.  Ingrown Hairs:  Sometimes an ingrown hair can look like herpes especially when a herpes outbreak is at its early stages.  But as time passes the differences becomes quite apparent.  First, an ingrown hair is when the sharp part of a hair curls back and grows sideways and into the skin.  It begins with a tender feeling in the area and has a red appearance.  As it becomes more infected the follicle fills with pus.  They often occur in body locations with more course hair can be found.  In women this is often the bikini areas near the pubic region.  Similarly they can occur on men in the same area as well as in the beard area of the face.  The primary differences are that a hair can be seen and when removed almost instant relief from the pain.

In contrast a herpes blister is often accompanied by more than one blister.  They can range from one to many in the same area and often seemed connected.  Although a herpes blister can encompass a hair follicle, pus rarely can be seen and when the hair is removed the pain will continue to linger.  See the images below and compare.

Above Two Pictures Showing an Ingrown Hair

4.  Yeast Infections:  The Mayo Clinic defines a vagina yeast infection as an inflammation of the vagina that is characterized by vaginal irritation, intense itchiness and vaginal discharge.  A vaginal yeast infection affects your vagina and the tissues at the opening to your vagina.  A vaginal yeast infection isn't considered a sexually transmitted infection, although the fungus that causes the condition can be spread through oral-genital contact.

Now let’s compare yeast infections with a herpes outbreak.  Although both can cause vaginal irritation and intense itching there is very little vagina discharge when having a herpes outbreak.  Additionally, a yeast infection will continue to itch as long as the fungus remains untreated.  The intensity of the itching usually subsides greatly once blisters form during a herpes outbreak.  I’m going to spare showing you pictures of a vaginal yeast infection as most pictures that I found are pretty gross (I’m glad I have genital herpes instead of a yeast infection).

In some people Genital Herpes starts with an itch and a rash. The person’s skin can become red and tender. Swelling may develop until small blisters appear. Sometimes they gather in a larger blister. The blisters can be transparent, white, or yellow and filled with a clear fluid.

Genital herpes are generally more sensitive during a person’s first outbreak. After about a week or more genital herpes blisters usually begin to scab over and turn back into normal healthy skin again. Sometimes the new skin may have a different color for a period of time before returning to normal. Reoccurring outbreaks are generally milder and recovery time is commonly reduced over time.

An Ordinary Rash or Genital Herpes?

The most common way to distinguish an ordinary rash from a herpes rash is the location where it can appear in the body. Common genital herpes symptoms tend to be the same no matter where they're located on the body. The main differences lie in the severity of the symptoms. It may cover a larger area and be more sensitive if it is a first outbreak.

Images of Herpes

If you want to get a better understanding of what does herpes look like, the best thing to do is to look at genital herpes pictures. Although looking at documented cases of genital herpes pictures online is the best way of seeing what the herpes blisters look like, many of pictures are scary and nearly always represent the most severe herpes outbreak symptoms.

View a small collection of images of herpes. Click Here for images of herpes

WARNING: The genital herpes pictures on these pages are graphic and contain images of male and female genitalia.

What's Next?

After viewing the images of herpes, you should be able to have an answer to your question, “What does herpes look like?” If you suspect that you may be experiencing genital herpes symptoms it is critical that you visit your doctor as soon as possible. Preferably while the blisters are still visible and before they begin to scab over.

Your doctor can obtain a culture from the open herpes blister sores and send it to a lab for testing.


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