To some, it might seem a little challenging to tell the difference between pimples and herpes blisters. However, it can actually be quite easy, even though blisters do look like pimples most of the time.
An important thing that separates these herpes blisters from pimples is that they are filled with a clear liquid, and tend to burst open sooner or later. Also, they usually don’t reappear immediately on the same place, but rather crust over.
However, sometimes, there may be no signs of any blisters but just a burning feeling, or perhaps a single blister that would look convincingly similar to a pimple. In fact, during the initial stage, herpes sores do tend to look very similar to pimples, which adds to the confusion. Some people even get pretty convinced that they have got not blisters but pimples.
But, can you pop herpes? Well, some people do, but apparently, popping herpes sores doesn’t do you any good. If anything, it may only result in more problems. Let us learn below how.
How Popping Herpes Blisters May Lead to More Trouble?
Well, the fluid that bursts out when you pop a blister is infectious. It may lead to blisters on other parts of your body, as well as increase the chances of ending up spreading the virus to others.
Also, the sores and blisters are the most common symptoms of herpes, and are exactly the spots through which the herpes virus can spread and end up infecting others.
However, there still seems to be many people out there with herpes who aren’t aware of this and pop herpes blisters or sores. The thing is that not many can tell the difference between a pimple and a herpes blister, especially in the early stage of their infection.
This brings us to another question, do herpes pop like pimples? The reason you would want to know the answers to both these questions is because it would help you figure out whether what have appeared on your skin are simply pimples or symptoms of the herpes virus, which will, in turn, help you understand whether it will be safe to pop them.
That being said, we will go through some important information below that will help you find out whether you’re dealing with herpes blisters or pimples.
What Do Herpes Blisters Look Like?
Of course, understanding how the herpes blisters look like will go a long way in avoiding the confusion between herpes blisters and pimples. It would obviously also put you in a much better position to take early treatment measures in order to restrict the damage the virus can cause as well as control the outbreaks.
That said, some of the common things herpes blisters can easily be confused with include:
- Minor acne
- Ingrown hair
- Shaving cut
- A bug bite
Now, if you don’t already know, the herpes virus comes in two different types, the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and the herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). The former usually infects the area around the mouth, while the latter leads to outbreaks and symptoms around the genital area.
Some of the common symptoms of both the HSV-1 and HSV-2 include:
- A burning feeling around the area where the symptoms appear
- Reddening of the skin where the symptoms show up
- Some symptoms common while suffering from flu such as fever, headaches and loss of appetite
- Experiencing pain while urinating (only while being infected with HSV-2)
In some rare cases, when the virus spreads to other parts of the body, it may also end up infecting the eyes. This condition is known as herpes keratitis, and leads to painful eyes, besides some other symptoms.
How to Tell the Difference?
Well, now that you probably know a bit more about herpes than you did before, let us get to how you can figure out whether you are infected with herpes or simply dealing with the usual pimples.
First things first, herpes blisters usually tend to be considerably more sensitive than pimples. In fact, many times, you would experience a burning or itching feeling even before the symptoms appear.
Also, depending on certain factors that may vary from one person to another, the blisters may crust over. Surprisingly soon after that, though, they may get completely healed, only to leave the skin as normal as it ever was. In fact, many people suffering from herpes find it difficult to tell where the symptoms had appeared right after they disappear, simply because there are just no signs of them at all.
In some cases, though, the color of the skin around the infected area may appear slightly different before it’s about to be healed. Similarly, the following outbreaks usually tend to decrease both in severity and the time taken to get healed.
As far as the size is concerned, herpes blisters and sores may not look much different from pimples, which is something that makes things a little more challenging. However, they are filled with some kind of liquid, while pimples usually contain white pus. Herpes blisters and sores also burst open, usually quite soon after they show up.
Pimples also tend to be a little deep into your skin, but the blisters just appear on the surface. It’s also probably the reason they heal almost as soon as the blisters burst open.
A Look at Some Common Differences
Well, now that you’re aware of pretty much everything that you need to know in order to find out whether you’re dealing with herpes blisters or just pimples, let us also take a look at some common differences just in case you’re still confused.
The first one is that while pimples hurt only when you pop or poke them, herpes blisters may lead to a burning feeling around the area they appear all the time; in fact, even before they appear.
The second difference is that herpes blisters tend to show up in clusters, but pimples may appear alone. Similarly, while pimples are usually filled with what looks like white pus, the blisters are filled with some kind of liquid that looks clearly different from the pus pimples tend to contain.
Finally, blisters and sores also do not extend deep into your skin at all. Pimples, however, tend to go deeper into your skin and caused due to the trapped oil within your skin.