can you get herpes on your arm

Discussion in 'General Health, Pharmacy & Drugs Support Forum' started by Mag, Feb 5, 2018.

  1. Mag

    Mag New Member

    It’s been a month since I have had these rashes and now I am damn sure I have genital OB. I am getting very paranoid because of these rashes. I have a major rash on my arms but my STD specialist and dermatologist could not identify that the genital rashes were due to herpes. I do not know if the arm rash is related to herpes. They are tiny tiny blisters in appearance. Can anyone please give me an opinion about the same?
     
  2. Doug

    Doug New Member

    It is possible to get herpes on your entire body, even the arms. Ask your doctor to get you tested for herpes. If it is on your arm, your doc can extract one of those tiny bubbles and run a test in the lab. 3 years back, I got herpes OB on my thumb. I did not notice it at first because it was only itching in the beginning. Then when white bumps started popping out, all over my thumb, I went to get it checked from a doc. Initially I thought it was a reaction to an insect bite, but after the tests my doctor confirmed that it is herpes. So, go get yourself checked and stop being paranoid.
     
  3. kezza

    kezza New Member

    Hi, I had a rash in between my fingers which looked quite similar to that of the poison ivy. There were tiny blisters on my wrists, but they never turned very bad. I noticed that I even had few spots or rashes on the lower part of my legs. It looks like knots on the skin and it has been there for 3 weeks. They felt like sores first and then got converted into a rash that itched badly. I suspect it is herpes. I was searching online for more information and even read about auto-inoculation where herpes spread to the other parts of your body. I do not know if I should just wait for it to subside or if I should go meet a GP right away!!
     
  4. manny

    manny New Member

    Auto-inoculation means transference of herpes to another part of the body. This is something rare that can happen after your first outbreak. Antibodies against the virus are already built up in your body, which makes this process of transference a little difficult. I am not saying that it is impossible that this can happen, but it is very rare. I think you should first get yourself checked for herpes and then go into further detailing.
     
  5. Mag

    Mag New Member

    I feel better after reading your responses. But something that worries me is that if this infection can spread by physical contact, then I think I have to be very careful because it is on my arm and that makes it easier for the infection to spread. The area is very exposed. I still don’t understand how it spreads to different parts of the body of an infected individual. Is that possible? Can someone explain?
     
  6. manny

    manny New Member

    Do not panic too much. It is not such an easy thing to spread from one part of the body to another. There has to be a way for it to enter into your body. Let’s say you have a cold sore. There is a cut on your arm/finger and you happen to touch the cold sore with the same finger, then there are chances of your infection spreading from the initial site to your arms and fingers. There are 2 types of herpes, HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-2 mostly affects your genitals, whereas HSV-1 is the one that affects 90% of adult population. People do not generally have herpes all over their bodies. Take the examples of kids, they are infected with cold sores all the time and they unknowingly touch everywhere without cleaning themselves up. So what I am trying to say is that if it was so easy to auto-inoculate, it would be kids who would be infected with herpes all the time. So, take a chill pill and do not be unduly worried.
     
  7. kezza

    kezza New Member

    My wrist and hands have become sweet spots for herpes infection. Every time I have an OB, I get it on my arms and wrists and it reappears in the same spot. I got herpes from my BF who has been having it for ages and he had it on his face and at the same time I got it on my face too. So, I don’t think the general rule of the thumb applies to all. It is very easy to dismiss it saying “it is very rare”, unless it has actually happened to you. I think once a herpes virus gets into your system, it can manifest itself and show up on any part of the body.
     
  8. manny

    manny New Member

    See, scientifically, the virus dwells in a specific nerve ganglion. So, when an outbreak happens, it can happen anywhere those nerves exist. So, when they say genital area, the entire boxer area gets covered, the front and the back included. So, if there is an outbreak in your front side, there are high chances of an outbreak at the back as well. So during your first outbreak, you would have touched the area with your hand which may have had a cut on it and the virus would have entered through that. So if it happens once, there are chances you will get an outbreak at the same place again.