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jayjay12

hi, I was just wondering has anyone had a breakout that has not been on their genitals? I have a HUGE one in the middle of my thigh! the biggest 1 since my first breakout. i just thought it was quite strange to grow there.

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RealisticGal
hi, I was just wondering has anyone had a breakout that has not been on their genitals? I have a HUGE one in the middle of my thigh! the biggest 1 since my first breakout. i just thought it was quite strange to grow there.

Hi, jayjay12 ---

With genital herpes, lesions can show up anywhere in the so-called "Boxer shorts" area. That would include:

  • Lower back
  • Lower abdomen
  • Buttocks
  • Anus & perianal area
  • Perineum
  • Scrotum & penis in males
  • Vulva (both external and internal) in females
  • Cervix in females
  • Upper thighs

So yes, it would be totally normal for you to get a sore on your thigh.

It has to do with the fact that there are many nerve pathways that come to the surface, from down in the sacral ganglion where HSV goes dormant. It seems that this time, the viral particles took a different "road" when they became active.

:wavey:

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ChanceTakr2131
hi, I was just wondering has anyone had a breakout that has not been on their genitals? I have a HUGE one in the middle of my thigh! the biggest 1 since my first breakout. i just thought it was quite strange to grow there.

I have sores on my lips and covering the entire inside my mouth. I get little spots on my hands, elbows, and knees too. And this is in addition to the genital area. It's great fun.

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RealisticGal
I have sores on my lips and covering the entire inside my mouth. I get little spots on my hands, elbows, and knees too. And this is in addition to the genital area. It's great fun.

Hi MemphisKitten ---

Your situation is not the same as what jayjay12 described. She has genital herpes. A sore on the thigh is still in the genital area.

Sores on your face/mouth are not caused by genital herpes. They are caused by oral herpes.

If you are getting those in addition to sores in your genital area, it would have to mean you have been infected in both places. Those are two separate infections...one in the genital area, one in the oral/facial area.

If you get sores on your hands that are caused by HSV, that is yet another infection...which would be called Herpetic Whitlow.

One other (unlikely) possibility is that you might have a condition called Eczema Herpeticum. That is very rare.

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ChanceTakr2131

No, I have HSV2 in all those locations. Herpes Whitlow simply describes where the virus is. It's not a different virus. Herpes is also not an infection. I've been dealing with it since 2009 and have seen doctor after doctor and even specialists. My purpose is to increase awareness about HSV2 and it doesn't always fit into the neat little box that people think it does.

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RealisticGal
No, I have HSV2 in all those locations. Herpes Whitlow simply describes where the virus is. It's not a different virus.

I didn't say it was a different virus.

I said it was a separate (instance of) infection.

By that, I mean that you have to be infected in each location in order to get lesions in each of those places. Those infections (that IS what they are) must be contracted separately. If you get genital herpes, you do not automatically have oral herpes as well. You would have to either have your facial area come in contact with the infected area of another person's body, or auto-inoculate yourself from elsewhere on your own body, in order to get an oral herpes infection. Doesn't matter which type we are talking about.

Herpes is also not an infection.

Yes, herpes is an infection. There are different sorts of infections ---- bacterial, viral, fungal, etc.

If a person has Herpes simplex, that means they have a viral infection.

I've been dealing with it since 2009 and have seen doctor after doctor and even specialists. My purpose is to increase awareness about HSV2 and it doesn't always fit into the neat little box that people think it does.

Nobody said anything about neat boxes. What you are describing in your case is not at all unheard of.

The fact that you are getting symptoms in all these areas, caused by HSV, means you have contracted infections in EACH of those places. You might have gotten them all at the same time, from another person. Or, you could have gotten an infection in one place from that person, then spread the virus to other locations by way of "auto-inoculation" before you formed antibodies to fight the virus.

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ChanceTakr2131

OK you're right. I don't log on here to argue with "right-fighters." I just answered the posters question to the best of my ability.

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RealisticGal
OK you're right. I don't log on here to argue with "right-fighters." I just answered the posters question to the best of my ability.

I appreciate that, MemphisKitten. Unfortunately, the way you described it could very well be confusing to folks.

HSV can be a very confusing topic. One of my main goals here is to help folks understand it better.

I try to help clarify things, especially when info comes across as confusing...

:wavey:

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Misty67
No, I have HSV2 in all those locations. Herpes Whitlow simply describes where the virus is. It's not a different virus. Herpes is also not an infection. I've been dealing with it since 2009 and have seen doctor after doctor and even specialists. My purpose is to increase awareness about HSV2 and it doesn't always fit into the neat little box that people think it does.

I have type 2 oral as well..I was wondering, do you have frequent oral OBs??

and you are so right...HSV doesn't always fit into a neat little box..

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