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Can you have herpes all over your body?
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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Yes, but rarely
There are several different types of herpes virus.
The chicken pox virus (varicella) is a type of herpes virus which does cause blisters to form in an "all over" (ie. Disseminated) pattern. The herpes virus which causes oral sores or genital ulcers (hsv) would very rarely cause a "disseminated" infection. This is unlikely to happen unless a person has an extremely weak immune system (ie. Hiv/aids).

In brief: Yes, but rarely
There are several different types of herpes virus.
The chicken pox virus (varicella) is a type of herpes virus which does cause blisters to form in an "all over" (ie. Disseminated) pattern. The herpes virus which causes oral sores or genital ulcers (hsv) would very rarely cause a "disseminated" infection. This is unlikely to happen unless a person has an extremely weak immune system (ie. Hiv/aids).
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
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Dr. Robert Strimling
Dermatology
In brief: Herpes All Over
Yes, you can have herpes all over, but only in rare situations where you have a significant skin barrier impairment allowing it to spread readily or you are very immunosuppressed and typically you would be very sick if it were all over. If you any kind of all over skin rash or condition, you should see your dermatologist immediately.

In brief: Herpes All Over
Yes, you can have herpes all over, but only in rare situations where you have a significant skin barrier impairment allowing it to spread readily or you are very immunosuppressed and typically you would be very sick if it were all over. If you any kind of all over skin rash or condition, you should see your dermatologist immediately.
Dr. Robert Strimling
Dr. Robert Strimling
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