Dermatitis or Herpes: Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of any skin infection may exhibit differently from person to person, but some common ones for dermatitis are as follows:
- Dry skin
- Flaking skin (like dandruff)
- Thickened skin
- Rashes on swollen skin (varies in color depending on your skin color)
- Blisters (sometimes with oozing and crusting)
- Bumps in hair follicles
The herpes virus may infect people but they may not see or feel anything from it. A person may experience the following if signs or symptoms eventually arise:
- Tingling, itching, or burning sensation
- Painful sores
- Urinating problems
- Vaginal discharge
- Tender lumps in the groin area
- Flu-like symptoms
- Eye infection
Your doctor will be the one to confirm whether or not you have contracted the virus.
Dermatitis or Herpes: Communicability
Although it can make you feel self-conscious and uncomfortable, dermatitis is a non-contagious skin condition.
However, herpes is a different case. The virus that causes genital herpes is most commonly transmitted through vaginal, oral, or anal intercourse. A break in your skin can allow the virus to enter your body. It can also get into your body through the skin of your mouth, your penis, your vaginal opening, your urinary tract opening, or your anus.
When blisters or sores are visible on the individual, herpes is most likely to spread from person to person. It can, however, be spread at any moment, even if the individual with herpes is symptom-free.
Herpes can also be transmitted from one part of the body to the next. You can spread the infection to your fingers if you touch sores on your genitals. You can then spread it to other parts of your body, such as your mouth or eyes.
It is only your doctor who can make a clear distinction and differential diagnosis for dermatitis and herpes. Consult your doctor if you suspect yourself to have either one of these.
Learn more about dermatitis here.