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Listed below are some conditions confused with herpes simplex:

Please be Warned: Some of the following images on this page are quite graphic in nature and may offend. Viewer discretion is advised.


Canker sores (aphthous ulcers)

canker sore condition confused with herpes


Usually occur inside the mouth and are gray with a distinct edge, and usually heals within 10 to 14 days without treatment.


Bacterial or yeast infections



Symptoms are sometimes confused with genital herpes, but these conditions do not usually produce blistering. Read more about this infection or view more images here..



impetigo condition mistaken for herpes


A highly infectious bacterial disease, more common among children often producing crusty blisters.




A life-threatening, bacterial infection which causes chancres sometimes mistaken for blisters that look like genital herpes. Unlike genital herpes, Syphilis does not usually produce a cluster of blisters, and it usually responds well to antibiotics. Read more on Syphilis and see syphilis photos here..


Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum mistaken for herpes


Molluscum, like herpes is a viral infection of the skin. Unlike herpes, molluscum produces distinct lesions that are raised, with a central dimple. Follow these links for more information and molluscum photos..



For a better idea of what herpes is and how to recognize the virus you may like to research the symptoms of the herpes virus, and view and compare pictures of real-life herpes infections.

If you think that you may have an STD or STI you can visit the Sexually Transmitted Disease Resource Center for information, pictures and support relating to all the most common STDs.


Symptoms Mistaken Herpes

Herpes outbreaks symptoms can sometimes be mistaken for the symptoms of other conditions. The left picture shows the mistaken condition and the right picture show what herpes symptoms can look like.

Insect bites

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Jock itch

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abrasion confused with herpes abrasion condition mistaken for herpes

Razor burn

razor burn mistaken for herpes razor burn confused with herpes

Yeast infections

yeast infection confused with herpes yeast infection mistaken for herpes


hemorrhoids mistaken for herpes hemorrhoids confused with herpes

Ingrown hair follicles

ingrown hairs mistaken for herpes ingrown hairs comfused with herpes


Should any of these symptoms occur, or you suspect that you may have herpes or any other STD please contact your doctor or other healthcare provider immediately so the symptoms can be properly diagnosed and effectively treated.

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