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Difference between acne and herpes

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Easy: Someone in basic good health will not have a lasting generalized herpes rash. Herpes is little blisters, generalized herpes simplex is usually caught ... Read More

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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Ophthalmology 30 years experience
Very different: Please see your doctor about this problem. They are not commonly mistaken and have very different treatments! good luck...
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Easy call: Herpes: painful, small blisters with clear fluid, in groups, become unroofed and turn into little sores but do not burst with pressure. Acne: merely ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Very different : These are very different disease entities and tend to have discrete differences in presentation. While herpes tends to present with very small fluid f... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Herpes simplex: Very different looking conditions. Show them to a doctor if you have any real question. One is a pimple-like structure and the herpes lesions form a t... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Get seen: If you have any reason to think you have a herpes outbreak, this is something your personal physician must know to manage any future pregnancies safel... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. patrick Tokarz
Specializes in Family Medicine
Probably: Herpes and acne both cause and can be triggered by stress , so the could be related. There is no sense guessing without a lot more information . Pleas... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Pimples are acne: Herpes is distinctively painful; if you have acne elsewhere you'll know the difference. Herpes won't produce the unmistakable white / creamy pus from ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Voron
Dermatology 51 years experience
No: Acne is not contagious. A localized herpes infection may bear a superficial resemblance to acne, but the two conditions are unrelated.

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