Originally Posted by lilmisssunshine
I'm still a little confused about who to believe. Has anyone heard of an initial outbreak occuring on the lower leg?
Your intial outbreak can occur anywhere, but will usually show up where the virus first made it's way into the body. Fact is I've never heard of anyone getting herpes by brushing up against someone or sitting on a toilet seat. The virus can only live outside the body for a matter of seconds. The only way you could have gotten it on your leg would be if someone with an open herpes lesion rub up against you hard and broke the skin. The reason for that is the skin on the leg or arm is much thicker than the genital area, therefore it's harder for the virus to penetrate the skin in those areas.
If you really want to know if it's herpes or not, go to your primary care physcian and tell them you want a culture done to test for herpes. Be specific and don't let them tell you it's just generalized dermatitis or nothing to worry about. Tell them you want a herpes test.
It almost sounds like poison ivy to me. I know that may not be what it is, but poison ivy and herpes looks VERY similar. You have blisters, weeping clear fluid, itching, and you can spread it if you have the ivy oil underneath your fingernails. It's an old wives tail that you can spread poison ivy, BUT if you still have residual oil underneath your fingernails you can spread it like that.
Again, start by ruling stuff out, so go get the lesions tested for H while you still have them just to make sure.