Both men and women can acquire the virus itself, as well as the skin disease. However, it is more frequent in newborns and toddlers with atopic dermatitis as they seem to have lower immunity to herpes infection. It may range from mild to severe, active or inactive.
There are also some cases in which trauma or cosmetic operations (i.e., lasers, skin peels, and dermabrasion) can potentially be the cause of it.
What Are Its Signs and Symptoms?
The virus usually targets the face and the neck area, but it can also manifest in other parts of the body such as the hands. After the first interaction with the herpes simplex virus, some signs and symptoms can occur up to two weeks later.
The visible signs in the skin are as follows:
- Itchy and painful cluster of tiny blisters (monomorphic or uniform in appearance)
- Red, purple, or black blisters
- Blisters that break open have pus (yellowish fluid) inside