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Conditions Confused with Herpes

August 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Genital Herpes Resource

Herpes is an infection that is caused by a herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes disease. The first herpes type is oral herpes which is commonly caused by herpes simplex type 1 and the second type of herpes is genital herpes which is commonly caused by herpes simplex type 2. Oral herpes causes herpes cold sores around the mouth or face. Genital herpes on the other hand affects the genitals, buttocks or anal area. Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). You can get it from having sex, even oral sex. The herpes virus can spread even when herpes sores are not present. Mothers can also infect their babies with herpes virus during childbirth.

Some people have no herpes symptoms. Others get herpes sores near the area where the herpes virus has entered the body. They turn into herpes blisters, become itchy and painful, and then heal. The herpes virus can be dangerous in newborn babies or in people with weak immune systems.

Most people have herpes outbreaks several times a year. Over time, you get herpes outbreaks less often. Medicines to help your body fight the herpes virus can help lessen herpes symptoms and decrease herpes outbreaks. Correct usage of latex condoms can reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of catching or spreading herpes.

However herpes is not an easily identifiable sexually transmitted disease. Herpes can actually be confused with some other medical conditions. Listed below are some conditions that are sometimes mistaken for herpes:
Condition Confused with Herpes #1: Canker sores – (aphthous ulcers), this usually occurs inside the mouth and are gray with a distinct edge, and usually heals within 10 to 14 days without treatment. Canker sores are not a form of oral herpes but it is often confused and mistaken for herpes. This medical condition is not considered to be contagious unlike herpes cold sores and mouth herpes which are caused by the herpes simplex virus and can be very contagious.
Condition Confused with Herpes #2: Bacterial or yeast infections is another type of medical condition that is sometimes confused with genital herpes,  but do not usually produce blistering like herpes.
Condition Confused with Herpes #3: Impetigo is a highly infectious bacterial disease that can also be confused with herpes sometimes. This disease is more common among children often producing crusty blisters, which is one of the symptoms of herpes.
Condition Confused with Herpes #4: Syphilis, a bacterial infection, causes chancres sometimes mistaken for blisters caused by genital herpes. Unlike genital herpes though, Syphilis does not usually produce a cluster of blisters, and it usually responds well to antibiotics.
Condition Confused with Herpes #5: Molluscum contagiosum (molluscum) – like herpes, molluscum is a viral infection of the skin. Unlike herpes however, molluscum produces lesions that are raised, with a central dimple.
Condition Confused with Herpes #6: Genital Warts
Genital warts are another medical condition that can be confused with herpes. Unlike herpes though, this disease causes growth of skin-colored, cauliflower-like masses of various sizes and shapes. Symptoms may occur several weeks and even months after being exposed to the human papilloma virus (HPV) and include itching or burning around the genitals and painless growths in either sex, usually on damp or moist surfaces of the body.

For a better idea of what herpes is and how to recognize the herpes virus it is always advisable that you research the symptoms of herpes virus, and view and compare herpes pictures to have a clear idea of what a herpes infection is.
If you think that you may have a sexually transmitted disease 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 another STD please contact your local health care provider for a professional diagnosis.

Mistaken Symptoms of Herpes

There are symptoms of other diseases that can be mistaken for herpes outbreaks such as insect bites, jock itch, abrasions, razor burn, yeast infections, haemorrhoids and ingrown hair follicles.
Should any of these symptoms occur, consult your doctor or other healthcare provider immediately. Genital herpes should be diagnosed and treated professionally.

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