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difference between boil and herpes

A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience in Dermatology
Virus vs bacteria: Herpes is caused by virus which can be treated by antivirals such as zovirax (acyclovir). Boils are caused by bacteria such as staph and strep and are ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Candace Spann
20 years experience in Dermatology
Not exactly.: Boils typically appear as swollen, tender nodules, sometimes with purulent drainage. Herpes is typically described as a crop or cluster of vesicles. ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Possibly: Pruritis (itching) is a subliminal form of pain, so in early stages this may occur.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Question unclear: Rephrase this and perhaps it can be answered more effectively.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Unlikely: This is probably staphylococcal. See a doctor and have this examined, diagnosed and treated. Not likely to be herpetic.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Herpes simplex: Usually forms small blisters which break open leaving little ulcerations. Your boils warrant medical evaluation. See your gynecologist.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Catherine Spratt turner
32 years experience in Family Medicine
Skin infection: would need more information and possible picture
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
Probably not: Herpes is a blister with clear fluid in it that crusts over, does not contain pus.
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
18 years experience in Dermatology
?: What treatment are you asking for? The herpes or the boils?
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Morel likely boils: Herpetic lesions typically do not leave scar eventhough they can cause severe pain when the occur. Boils may leave scars if large and severe enough to ... Read More

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