How does herpes on the face look?

Im not sure if the bumps on my face are pimples or herpes. How can I tell the different? My face has been itching for days and I get pimples or red spots within hours or the next day. I have been using tree tea oil to get rid of them it working and I started to take three 1gm valtrex today just in case they are herpes. So my question how can you tell the difference between a pimple or herpes on the face and how to I clean my face if it is herpes??? Someone please help me :(

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feelingdifferent's picture
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Jan 20

Hello,

I'm not an expert, but I was recently diagnosed with oral herpes type 1 (HSV 1).
Maybe I can try to help. '

First, in order to diagnose, you either need a blood test specifically testing for HSV1 or HSV2, or a swab of the sore.

Visually, by the lip, although it can vary person to person, it looks like a cluster of little blisters (very little), the skin is sensitive (if you scratch it you might feel like you tore some skin off), you may experience a tingling sensation on the area and it could take up to 48 hours to fully develop.

I have heard that valtrex and abreva can stop the OB before it fully develops, as long as you catch it quick enough.

when washing your face, i use a new towel everyday. I brush first, wash my hands thoroughly, then wash my face from my forehead down to my chin and then around my lips. I wash my hands again and grab the towel. Then I apply Lysine balm or abreva to the area and proceed with regular moisturizing, etc.

I'm sure you'll get a few different responses but I hope this has helped.

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feelingdifferent's picture
[155]
Jan 20

Hello,

I'm not an expert, but I was recently diagnosed with oral herpes type 1 (HSV 1).
Maybe I can try to help. '

First, in order to diagnose, you either need a blood test specifically testing for HSV1 or HSV2, or a swab of the sore.

Visually, by the lip, although it can vary person to person, it looks like a cluster of little blisters (very little), the skin is sensitive (if you scratch it you might feel like you tore some skin off), you may experience a tingling sensation on the area and it could take up to 48 hours to fully develop.

I have heard that valtrex and abreva can stop the OB before it fully develops, as long as you catch it quick enough.

when washing your face, i use a new towel everyday. I brush first, wash my hands thoroughly, then wash my face from my forehead down to my chin and then around my lips. I wash my hands again and grab the towel. Then I apply Lysine balm or abreva to the area and proceed with regular moisturizing, etc.

I'm sure you'll get a few different responses but I hope this has helped.

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