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Location of Outbreaks

Herpes outbreaks are confined to the body area where the infection is contracted such as the genitals or the face. This is unless a person physically spreads the infection to another area.

Be mindful that herpes can spread to the genitals through oral sex if a person has a cold sore. Herpes can also spread to the eyes, fingers and other areas through touch. To be safe, try to avoid touching the symptoms with your fingers (even when applying treatment or creams) and wash your hands with soap and water if you do touch an infected area.

Typically, if there is a recurrence it will occur in the exact same location as it did previously, or closely nearby.

Outbreaks can sometimes appear in different areas nearby to one another. This is because the virus travels via nerve pathways which have many axons, therefore the herpes virus can take a number of pathways to reach the skin and may pop up in different locations near to one another.

It is important to note that each nerve has a particular area of skin that it serves called a dermatome. The herpes lesions are limited to the dermatome it initially infected unless you autoinnoculate (self-infect) yourself somewhere else.

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