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can herpes appear other places than lips mouth eyes and genitals? i get cold sores on my lips often but now i have had breakout on hands arms back

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Dr. Saurabh Bajpai
8 years experience Emergency Medicine
Yes: Herpes can appear throughout the body. Common infection of the skin or mucosa may affect the face and mouth (orofacial herpes), genitalia (genital herpes), hands (herpetic whitlow), eye (herpes keratitis) and even brain (herpes encephalitis). Please consult your physician to make sure that you do not have a spread of herpatic infection.
Answered on Jun 19, 2018
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Dr. Kyle Shank
12 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Yes it can. This is called herpetic witlow. It's generally only seen in people with underlying immune problems (like aids patients or people with other primary immune deficiencies). Any time i (a dentist) see a patient with herpetic witlow, that is an immediate referral to an md to figure out what the underlying immune problem is.
Answered on Sep 10, 2012
Dr. Bruce Mulder
43 years experience Dentistry
Possible: Herpes simplex usually does not usually affect skin above the waist. Herpes zoster or VZV can cause painful rash on any part of the body & travels in the nerve sheath. Ask a dermatologist to diagnose your rash when it appears again.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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