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does herpes ulcers have whiteheads in the healing process?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Not when healing: Herpes lesions generally go from red bump to superficial blister to pimple-like (with pus) to open sore to scab, and then healing, all over a total period of 7-14 days (up to 21 days for the first outbreak). In moist areas (e.g. vulva) ulcers develop earlier and persist longer. So a pimple-like (whitehead) appearance can be present early in an outbreak, but not likely "in the healing process".
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Provided original answer
Another thought: If you are having your initial HSV infection, new crops of lesions can continue to appear for 3-4 weeks, if not on anti-herpes treatment. If so, new blisters, pustules (white heads), or ulcers may appear even as earlier ones are healing. If this seems to fit, see your doctor (again?) ASAP and start (or resume) an anti-herpes drug like valacyclovir. Good luck!
Aug 30, 2015

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