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Herpes vs other STD’s pictures

In this article you will be able to see pictures for oral and genital herpes compared to other STDs, that cause ulcers and are usually miss-diagnosed (at least at home) with herpes.

The other STDs and diseases that cause ulcers or are easily miss-diagnosed with herpes are: genital warts, chicken pox, aphthous ulcers, Lymphogranuloma venereum, granuloma inguinale, chancroid, Primary syphilis.

If you don’t know if you have herpes, if you want to see the symptoms and try to do a home based preliminary diagnose take a look at the pictures below. But go visit your doctor nonetheless.

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WARNING: GRAPHIC HERPES and other STDs PICTURES

HERPES PICTURES OTHER DISEASES that can be mistaken with herpes PICTURES
 herpes blisters early lezions chickenpox
This photo shows an example of the early stages of the herpes rash. Notice the cluster of vesicles all appear to be on the same red base. This is different from the rash of chicken pox (see next picture) which has an individual vesicle on a red base. Compare this picture of a typical chicken pox rash to the previous picture of a herpes rash. Note that each vesicle has its own red base. The vesicles of chicken pox are rarely clustered together in a group like the herpes vesicles.
 herpes stages vesicles, ulcers, crust  Warts anus
This picture actually shows the three stages of the rash. The initial rash is a cluster of vesicles on a red base. These blisters are delicate and open easily, creating an ulcer. In areas of the skin that aren’t moist, the ulcer crusts over. There is usually no scarring when the crust falls off. This is also different from chicken pox, which may leave a scar after it heals. Warts anus area, they do not have different stages, just keep growing and they do not itch, hurt, burn, etc
 herpes inside mouth  aphthous_ulcers-palate
 Herpes blisters inside the mouth and on the corner of the lips This is a picture of aphthous ulcers which are often confused with cold sores, but they are not caused by the herpes virus. Apthous ulcers can occur anywhere in the mouth but do not involve the outside of the lip. Someone who has herpetic stomatitis (herpes ulcers throughout the mouth caused by an initial oral herpes infection) may have ulcers in the mouth, but they will typically have cold sores on the lip also. Aphthous ulcers can be caused by a number of factors, among others: aspirin, strong mouthwashes, spicy foods, citrus
 herpes blisters on penis  Warts penis
 This picture shows typical herpes lesions on the penis, including vesicles and ulcerations. Because the number of lesions is extensive this may be a first outbreak of genital herpes for this person. Typically, the first herpes outbreak (anywhere, not just in the genital area) is worse than recurrent outbreaks. Warts on the penis, they do not have different stages, just keep growing and they do not itch, hurt, burn, etc
 herpes penis pictures  warts on penis
 This picture shows herpes lesions in the later stages of healing. The ulcerations are starting to fill in. Because the genital area is warm and moist, crusting may not develop as the lesions heal. Warts on the penis are. Look like cauliflower, they do not have different stages, just keep growing and they do not itch, hurt, burn, etc

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 herpes around the eye  granuloma inguinale penis
The herpes virus can cause a rash anywhere on the skin – not just in the mouth or genital area. This picture shows a herpes infection around the eye. Note the vesicles around the eyelid and ulcerations on the eyelid. Granuloma inguinale or donovanosis is a chronic ulcerative debilitating disease that mainly affects the genital organs. Affects mostly people of lower socioeconomic status living in the tropical and sub-tropical areas.
 herpes on finger  granuloma inguinale vagina
The finger is actually a common place to get a herpes infection, common enough to have its own name – herpetic whitlow. This picture shows the early vesicular stage of the infection. Because the skin on the fingers is thicker, the vesicles aren’t as fragile and may not ulcerate quickly. Granuloma inguinale. The incubation period is usually 2 to 3 weeks; single or multiple papules or nodules later develop and grow into a painless ulcer that may extend to the adjacent tissues and moist folds, forming “kissing lesions.” GI most commonly presents as beefy red, easily bleeding, foul-smelling ulcers with granulation tissue. The ulcers may have hypertrophic or verrucous borders resembling condylomata acuminata. It may also present as soft, red nodules that eventually ulcerate . In long-standing donovanosis, the lesions may be necrotic, quite destructive of tissue, and have a copious gray, foul-smelling exudate. The tissue overlying the regional lymph nodes may evolve into an abscess or pseudobubo that later ulcerates.
herpes blisters granuloma_inguinale penis
Herpes blisters – big and small clusters Granuloma inguinale. Clinically, a papule followed by a painless ulcer develops after a variable incubation period of from one to eight weeks. The ulcer can extend with a serpiginous edge. Vegetations may be present.
 genital herpes vagina  Lymphogranuloma Venereum vagina
 Genital herpes vaginal area Lymphogranuloma venereum is an uncommon sexually-transmitted disease caused by a variant of Chlamydia trachomatis. Following initial exposure, there is mild, blister-like formation which is frequently unnoticed. Within the following month, there is ulceration of the vaginal, rectal or inguinal areas. At this stage, the disease is very painful, particularly with walking, sitting and with bowel movements. The stool may be blood-streaked. Hard tender masses (buboes) arise in the inguinal area at this stage and are characteristic of the disease.
 herpes penis  Lymphogranuloma-Venereum male
 Herpes on the penis Lymphogranuloma Venereum can show up in different places of the body:vagina, penis, anus, rectum,pharynx and the neck. The primary stage of the disease is characterized by a single genital ulcer that is hard to spot for both men and women and it shows up between three to twelve days of infection.The second stage of the disease, seen within 10 to 30 days after the primary stage, includes a range of clinical symptoms: abnormal discharges, pain, swelling and a range of other problems. It is worth noting that as the organism multiplies and the disease progresses, there is significant swelling in lymph nodes which are then called buboes.
 cold sore picture  chancroid penis
Cold sores and fever blisters are caused by the herpes simplex virus. Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex type 1 (HSV 1) more often than herpes simplex type 2 (HSV 2). Cold sores start like this one with vesicles and progress like genital herpes lesions to ulcers, crusting, then healing without a scar. The main symptom of chancroid is a small bump in the genitals. The bump is tender, and develops into an ulcer, a pus-filled open sore, within a day of when it appears. This painful ulcer can measure from 1/8 of an inch to two inches across. It can be recognized by its sharply defined, though sometimes irregular, borders. The base is covered with a gray or yellow-gray material and bleeds easily if it is banged or scraped. Some men only have one ulcer, while some have more, and women often have four or more ulcers. The ulcers are commonly found in men in the foreskin, in the groove behind the head of the penis, on the penis shaft, on the glans, or penis head, on the opening of the penis, and on the scrotum.
 herpes neck  chancroid vagina
 Herpes infection on the back on the neck. The main symptom of chancroid is a small bump in the genitals. The bump is tender, and develops into an ulcer, a pus-filled open sore, within a day of when it appears. This painful ulcer can measure from 1/8 of an inch to two inches across. It can be recognized by its sharply defined, though sometimes irregular, borders. The base is covered with a gray or yellow-gray material and bleeds easily if it is banged or scraped.  In women, the most common location is on the labia majora, the outer lips of the vagina. These are sometimes called “kidding ulcers” because they develop facing each other on each of the vaginal lips. There can also be ulcers in the inner lips, the perineal area (the area between the vagina and anus), and the inner thighs. In women, the most common symptom besides the sore itself is pain during urination and intercourse, but other than that they are often not as aware of ulcers as men. This actually makes it possible for women to spread chancroid and not even know it.
 herpes vaginal area  primary Syphilis stage penis
 herpes vaginal area  Initially, in syphilis, a dusky red flat spot appears at the site of inoculation and is easily missed. Then, a painless ulcer (chancre) appears 18–21 days after initial infection. Genital sites in women affected are the cervix, vagina, vulva, and clitoris. Cervical and vaginal syphilis infections may not be recognized. In men, the chancre is easily seen on the penis. Other locations of infection are limited only by human ingenuity and imagination. Common sites are around the mouth (perioral) and between the buttocks (perianal) areas. Chancres vary in size from a few millimeters to several centimeters. A chancre is usually painless, solitary, and shallow, with a sharp border and raised, hard edge. About 70–80% of patients have rubbery, non-tender, swollen lymph nodes, often on only one side of the groin, during the first week of infection.
 herpes-zoster-shingles-on-the-back  second stage syphilis leg
 herpes zoster shingles on the back If left undiagnosed and untreated, syphilis then progresses into the second stage marked by the development of a rash on the palms of the hands or on the soles of the feet. The rash does not itch. Sometimes the rash is so faint it is unnoticeable. Because of such symptoms, it is possible to have syphilis and not know it. Second stage symptoms may also include fever, sore throat, and headaches. Once the second stage symptoms disappear, the disease progresses into the latent stage that may lead to damage of the cardiovascular and neurological systems. This damage may eventually lead to death.

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