We include products we think are useful for our readers. If you buy through links on this page, we may earn a small commission. Pimples happen when dirt or oils block your skin pores. This leads to red bumps full of white pus built up in the pore to appear on your skin. Unlike pimples, herpes bumps tend to be clear or yellow and filled with a clear liquid. Keep reading to learn more about how to differentiate the two, what treatment options are available, and what you can do to avoid future outbreaks.
While COVID seems to primarily affect the lungs, doctors are sharing reports of it wreaking havoc on other parts of the body too, including the heart , the senses , the brain , the gut and — based on a growing database of case reports from dermatologists worldwide — the skin. Kovarik is a part of a nationwide COVID task force created in early April to track and study the many skin reactions that have been linked to the coronavirus. Davis says that the initial reports involve a rash resembling the one caused by the mosquito-borne illness dengue fever. The rash seems to not only be appearing in the U. In a recent paper from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology , doctors in Thailand described a patient who ultimately tested positive for COVID but was initially diagnosed with dengue fever based on a rash that resembled it. Davis says the rash may progress rapidly over a couple of days, and in some cases has appeared before respiratory symptoms. This type of rash, she says, is not necessarily a new one when it comes to infections.
Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a single stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso. Shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles.
Herpes gladiatorum "mat herpes" is a skin infection caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 HSV-1 , the same virus that causes cold sores on the lips. HSV-1 infections are very common. While herpes gladiatorum HSV-1 can be treated, once infected with the virus, a person is infected for life. People with herpes gladiatorum can have periods where the virus is inactive and cannot be spread to others. However, the virus can reactivate at any time and be transmitted to others, even if there are no symptoms such as sores.