Can You Get Herpes On Your Elbows?


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Tess Langley Profile
Tess Langley answered
You can get herpes on your elbow as well as most parts of the body however there are many types of herpes. Genital herpes would be a completely different type of herpes to that, which you could get on your elbow. Though they are part of the same virus they are different strains.

Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by both Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Infection with the herpes virus is categorized into one of several distinct disorders based on the site of infection. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are colloquially called cold sores or fever blisters, infects the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection. Genital herpes, known simply as herpes, is the second most common form of herpes.

Herpes viruses cycle between periods of active disease presenting as blisters containing infectious virus particles that last 2-21 days, followed by a remission period. Genital herpes, however, is often asymptomatic, though viral shedding may still occur. After initial infection, the viruses are transported along sensory nerves to the sensory nerve cell bodies, where they become latent and reside life-long. Causes of recurrence are uncertain, though some potential triggers have been identified, including immunosuppressant drugs (see below). The previously latent virus then multiplies new virus particles in the nerve cell and these are transported along the axon of each neuron to the nerve terminals in the skin, where they are released. Over time, episodes of active disease reduce in frequency and severity.

Herpes simplex is most easily transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual. Transmission may also occur through skin-to-skin contact during periods of asymptomatic shedding. Barrier protection methods are the most reliable method of preventing transmission of herpes, but they merely reduce rather than eliminate risk. Oral herpes is easily diagnosed if the patient presents with visible sores or ulcers. Early stages of oral facial herpes and genital herpes are harder to diagnose; laboratory testing is usually required.

A cure for herpes has not yet been developed. Once infected, the virus remains in the body for life. Recurrent infections may occur from time to time, especially in times of immune impairment such as HIV and cancer-related immune suppression. However, after several years, some people will become perpetually asymptomatic and will no longer experience outbreaks, though they may still be contagious to others. Treatments with antiviral can reduce viral shedding and alleviate the severity of symptomatic episodes.
Karen Neal Profile
Karen Neal answered
What is herpes. There are many types, A blister is some form of herpes. If you get herpes zoster (shingles) on your arm the blizters follow your nerves so yes to your answer but herpes zoster hurts terribly and usually doesn't get better they get worse unless you a treated by a physician.
Lizette Behrens Profile
Lizette Behrens answered

I have never seen herpes on the elbow – I have seen it on the upper arm. Sometimes people with no infection Will inadvertently Touch a lesion in touch someplace else on their body before the body has a chance to make a robust new response, thus moving the virus to a different nerve group. I don’t know if that happened to you or not. Lesions on the buttocks can certainly be herpes and I would recommend if you have not already done so to have the lesion swab tested to see if this is herpes or not. It would be very unusual for someone who is HSV-2 positive to not be infected genitally.

About 1 in 6 people in the U.S. Have genital herpes. That means there are currently over 51 million Americans with genital herpes right this very second. That’s more people than there are Latino Americans (46.9 million) or African Americans (37.6 million).

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helen baillie-gutteridge Profile
Has a doctor seen it on your elbows? You would not get the genital form of herpes there. Is it possible you have something like psoriasis which flares up when you are stressed by the herpes? Elbows would be a typical site for this.

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