Pictures of Herpes


Not to worry! Pictures of Herpes you come across while searching the web are most likely to be worst case scenarios.

Not to worry! Pictures of Herpes you come across while searching the web are most likely to be worst case scenarios.

Pictures of Herpes are some of the first things people tend to search for when they are newly diagnosed or worry they may be infected. Then the panic sets in. What shows up on the web can be horrifying and fill you with dread! Some of them look like an alien flesh-eating virus. Well we are her to tell you to “Stay Calm” because many of the pictures you will come across are probably the very extreme cases of a herpes outbreak.

Important Note – You cannot determine whether or not you have herpes simply by looking at pictures of Herpes.  Some will look at the images online and think, “My symptoms don’t look like THAT!!!”  Then, they unknowingly pass the herpes virus to their partner.  The only way to know for sure is to get tested.

So, what does herpes actually look like? Under a microscope, HSV1 (Oral) and HSV2 (Genital) look virtually identical. When most people search for pictures of the herpes virus, they usually end up seeing what a worst case outbreak looks like…and they can be quite severe!

First, let’s start off by mentioning that the first outbreak is usually the worst. Suppressive medication like Valtrex or Acyclovir can help alleviate the symptoms.  Yes,  it can suck, be painful and the fear can be overwhelming. For most, the symptoms lessen as time goes on. Many of our members report that they have very infrequent outbreaks or have not had any in years.

Herpes affects everyone differently. So, for simplicity, let’s break it down into four groups of what herpes can look like:

The extreme case

These are the horrific pictures of Herpes that you will likely come across if you do a search for herpes pictures on the internet. Again, these are usually the very extreme cases of a first outbreak.

The typical case

It will look like a small clump of little blisters or pimples and can show up in multiple areas.

The mild case

It can look like an ingrown hair or just a tiny red dot. People who work out a lot may even mistake it for discomfort from clothing that rubs or chaffing.

The “No Symptom” case

This is the most dangerous case in regards to the spread of herpes. This group either has no symptoms or they are so slight that they do not realize they are infected. This, according to many medical professionals, is the largest group with up to 80% of the people infected with the herpes virus.  Even if no outbreak is present, you can still pass the virus to a partner.

So, just remember that herpes can look like a lot of things.  The best thing to do is get tested.  Of course, if you want to see what herpes CAN look like, HERE are some examples.  Hopefully now you will be a little bit more prepared for the worst case scenario images you are bound to come across in your internet searches.

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