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how do u differentiate folliculitis and herpes in the genital area

A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
36 years experience Family Medicine
Clear fluid: Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle and there will be small pustules or redness around the hair follicles. Herpes is not just around the ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
27 years experience Family Medicine
Sx hsv 2: Symptoms could include dysuria, tingling and burning, with or without eruption of blisters, or painful ulcerations.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience Dermatology
Location: Genital herpes usually on penis, scrotum, vulva, pubic area or sometimes, groin. They are small grouped blisters. Folliculitis, by definition, develop ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience Internal Medicine
Warm compresses: Mild cases of folliculitis can be treated with warm compresses several times daily. More severe cases are best treated with prescription oral antibiot ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Different organisms: They are two different infections. One causes blisters and one causes warts(like you would get on you thumb or foot).
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Heath
33 years experience Family Medicine
Vaginal sores: Usually herpes has associated burning pain with shallow ulcers--depressions or pits in the skin (often in crops), while a clogged gland is usually iso ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Hubert
27 years experience Dermatology
Can be similiar: Herpes can be in pubic hair. See your dermatologist for a proper exam and diagnosis.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jessica Khan
31 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Even without treatment, the lesion would resolve itself in 2 weeks time like it never happened. However, if you obtain medicine for it and start taki ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Mnay: First time around you may get systemic symptoms of fever, chills, malaise, an outbreak of numerous blister-like lesions on the genetalia which will ru ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marius Frasie
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Different things: Herpes is a virus doesn't cause abscess. You poss have a bacterial infection poss incision and drainage and antibiotics. See ob-gyn, meantime warm co ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience Pathology
Genital warts: Its best to see your dermatologist or GYN surgeon. Either can surgically remove these warts.
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Dr. Robert Trager
54 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Any time there is oral sex being performed and there are legions (virus and or cold sores) on your female or male genitalia this can be transferred to ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience Medical Oncology
See description: An infected ingrown hair is located right where the hair leaves the skin. Herpes lesions are usually greater in number and may be scattered on areas ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Garcia
8 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
HSV and pilar cysts: The difference is that HSV blisters are painful, located on the skin and will be present during the outbreak and then the blisters will disappear com ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Intracellular: The herpes virus lives inside nerve cells. It reproduces by becoming a part of the cells own dna and then using that dna to replicate the virus. It i ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Not a podiatry ?: You need to direct this towards you family doctor.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: You need to be on a medication that will specifically treat the outbreak. The meds you are currently taking have no benefit for this issue.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
53 years experience Phlebology
Painful mass: Hidradenitis suppurativa is infection in the sweat glands present in the hair follicle. Presentation is often as red , tender, pea sized lumps, which ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Growth vs open sore: A wart is a growth. A sore is, well, an open sore -- a hole in the surface. Herpes is the most common cause of genital sores. For sure check it out AS ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Folliculitis: No different than anywhere else. The plugged follicles can be secondarily infected and produce little pustules that can expand into boils. At first sm ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jane Eason
32 years experience Infectious Disease
Genital warts: Often times the diagnosis of genital warts can be made by simple visual inspection. Lesions are usually fleshy colored, flat or more wart like (think ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
18 years experience Dermatology
Cyst vs gen. herpes: The bartholin's glands (which secrete fluid that helps lubricate the vagina) are located on each side of the vaginal opening. If glands become obstruc ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Visualization: Utis are usually associated with bladder pain/burning, with no external tender lesions. Genital herpes is characterized classically by surface, very ... Read More
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