Herpes is a viral infection that can cause blistering sores on various parts of the body. The appearance of herpes can vary depending on the type of herpes virus and where the infection occurs. Here are some common types of herpes and their typical appearance:
- Oral Herpes (HSV-1): Oral herpes causes cold sores or fever blisters around the mouth and lips. These sores usually start as small red bumps that quickly turn into fluid-filled blisters. The blisters then burst, leaving painful, shallow ulcers that can take a week or two to heal.
- Genital Herpes (HSV-2): Genital herpes causes sores or blisters in the genital area or around the anus. These sores can be painful and may itch or burn. They often appear as small, red bumps that quickly turn into fluid-filled blisters. After a few days, the blisters burst and leave shallow, painful ulcers that can take a few weeks to heal.
It’s important to note that some people infected with herpes may not have any visible symptoms or may have very mild symptoms that they mistake for something else. If you are concerned that you may have herpes, it’s best to consult with a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment.