Herpes blisters can occur in any part of the body. In fact, it can even appear on the face and most often mistaken for pimples.
Some people find it difficult to differentiate herpes blisters from your regular facial pimples. When mistakenly identified as pimples, they are often treated as one, and the blisters are popped literally, which is medically not recommended.
Herpes Blisters – What Are They?
It is essential that you know how to correctly identify herpes blisters and differentiate it with your regular pimples.
Knowing what herpes blisters look like will put you in a better position to take necessary treatment to isolate the infection and control the outbreaks.
That being said, the blisters can easily be confused with pimples, minor acne, shaving cut, ingrown hair, and even a bug bite.
The herpes virus comes in two types, the HSV-1 and the HSV-2. Herpes simplex virus 1 usually infects the area around the mouth while the second category usually infects the genital area. Aside from the blisters, the other symptoms of this infection include itchiness, a burning sensation in the affected area, inflammation, skin redness, and flu-like symptoms such as loss of appetite, headache, and fever.
In rare cases, the virus will infect and spread other parts of the body including the eyes. Such condition is known as herpes keratitis which leads to sore eyes.
How Do You Tell the Difference?
So, how do you tell the difference between a herpes blister and your usual pimples?
Herpes blisters tend to be more sensitive than your regular pimples. In fact, you will also experience a burning sensation or itchiness even before the blisters appear.
Also, depending on certain aspects, the blisters may crust over. Unexpectedly soon after it crusts over, they will be completely healed. Some people who have become infected with the virus often find it difficult to tell where the symptoms had appeared once they clear out and disappear because there are no signs of the blister at all.
However, there are some cases, though, that the skin color around the affected part of the body may appear slightly different before it is about to be healed.
When it comes to size, herpes blisters may not look that much different from pimples. This makes it more challenging to differentiate a herpes blister from a pimple. However, unlike pimples, the blister is filled with fluid. They also tend to burst open, typically quite soon after they appear.
Pimples, on the other hand, are filled with white pus, and they tend to be a little deep into the skin. The blisters just appear on the surface of the skin.
Popping Herpes Blisters May Lead to More Complications
When you pop herpes blisters, the fluid that comes out of it is infectious. When it comes in contact with other parts of your body, it may lead to more blister formation on the infected areas of the body. Also, you can end up spreading the virus to other people.
Popping herpes blisters can also result to other fever blisters which can either be white, red or clear. Also, it can cause severe pain on broken sores.
If you pop blisters with unsterile needles or hands, you will likely worsen the infection because popped blisters are considered open wounds and can harbor further bacteria. Further infecting the blisters can cause more harm to the skin tissues which will ultimately result in scars that can stay even after the breakout clears.
What Can You Do to Manage the Blisters and Ease the Associated Symptoms?
Instead of popping the blisters, you can take care of them using the proper methods to improve and control the outbreak.
Herpes infection is often painful because it does affect not only the surface of the skin but also the nucleus beneath the skin which is rather close to the nerves. This is not surprising that popped or broken blisters can intensify the pain.
There are various ways that you can try to ease the pain associated with herpes blisters. Here are some of them.
Applying petroleum jelly can help reduce the pain associated with open blisters. Also, it can also prevent the virus from spreading all over the body. Application of petroleum jelly, Vaseline, or beeswax containing lip balm can be done daily, as they can keep the blisters moisturized to avoid any tears or cracks, which can add up to the pain.