Difference Between Pimples and Herpes Sore
A bump on your genital area may be a simple pimple or some infection like herpes. Herpes is one of the most common infection affecting that area.
Hence, it’s worthwhile differentiating its lesions from a simple pimple.
If you observe carefully, the two appear quite different. A pimple is a hard to firm elevation above the skin. It appears tight. It is filled with a white pasty material inside. This is sebum. The surface of a simple pimple appears just as your skin. Until infected, there is no head over it.
If it gets infected, a pimple may present differently. It becomes larger in size. As the pasty material inside it becomes infected, the pimple softens. Pus replaces sebum to fill the pimple. It may be soft to firm to touch. This pimpl may become smelly.
Bumps you get in herpes are small. They are more like blisters and usually appear in clusters or groups, unlike pimples. They are soft to firm to touch. They appear transparent and are filled with a clear fluid inside.
Skin surrounding a pimple is your normal skin. However, if it gets infected, skin around the base of the pimple may become red and slightly swollen.
In herpes, skin surrounding the little bumps is red in color and looks irritated. You get a constant burning sensation over it.
Number of Bumps
Usually, pimples are solitary, or one to two in number over your genital area. In cases where they are infected, the infective material from inside them may spill out affecting the near by skin. This may give rise to a few more pimples.
Herpes always produces lesions in group. A minimum would be two or more in number. Usually there are five to six bumps in a cluster.
Whereas, pimples are symptom less, Herpes always gives some symptoms.
It is essentially a viral infection affecting the skin. There is a typical burning sensation in the affected area of the skin. Some lesions may itch.
There is no pain unless you get an add on bacterial infection over the herpes lesion.
Pimples are quiet, until they get infected. Infected pimples may pain, present with pus inside them that requires drainage.
While herpes affects the genital regions, pimples may occur anywhere over the body where you have oil secreting glands. This may include your face, armpits, nape of the neck, back, groin area etc.
Herpes lesions are common in the genital region. There may be lesions near the mouth in some cases.
Both these conditions affect the teens and early adult life. It’s advisable to consult a doctor and go for a physical examination of the lesions for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
How Herpes Looks in Men?
Herpes is essentially a viral infection affecting the skin. Since it is genitally transmitted, the affected areas include the genitals, skin surrounding the anal opening and area around the mouth, in certain cases where oral sex is practiced.
- In men, you find all general symptoms that you get in a viral fever. This would include fever, headache, fatigue or muscle aches. There is a general feeling of not being well.
- Then you see blisters appearing over the genital area. Commonly, they may appear over the upper part of penis, scrotal sacs, around the anus, inner thighs.
- They are small and occur in group. They area filled with a clear fluid. There is a pricking or burning sensation over and around these blisters.
- Gradually, these blisters may rupture to ulcerate. At this stage, bacteria may get attracted to grow over the ulcers. It may pain.
- Ulcers scab with time and finally heal.
How Herpes Looks in Women?
The presentation of the disease is similar as in men. There are general symptoms of any viral fever. Blisters appear over the genital area. The areas commonly affected area the labia, lower inner vagina, around the anus, area between the vagina and the anus.
Women show an additional symptom, as compared to men. There may be a vaginal discharge. This off white to yellow in color. There is pain during sex and urination.
Role of Condoms In Preventing Herpes
Condoms are not 100% efficient is preventing the disease from getting transmitted. This is so because apart from spreading through body fluids, the disease also spreads through viral shedding.
Superficial cells of the affected skin area continuously sheds off with the virus in it. This shed skin may touch the partner’s normal skin to infect it.