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How do u differentiate folliculitis and herpes in the genital area

A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
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
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Agree with Dr. H: If you are unable to differentiate, it would be prudent to see your doctor. The treatments for the two entities are very different. Have a healthy die... Read More

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Sx hsv 2: Symptoms could include dysuria, tingling and burning, with or without eruption of blisters, or painful ulcerations.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Location: Genital herpes usually on penis, scrotum, vulva, pubic area or sometimes, groin. They are small grouped blisters. Folliculitis, by definition, develop... Read More
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Doctor can evaluate: Folliculitis usually affects a larger area of skin than the small spot that a herpes sore affects. Folliculitis is tiny pustules where the hair follic... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
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
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Folliculitis: Staphylococcal folliculitis. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic that you apply to your skin (topical), that you take by mouth (oral), or both. Yo... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
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 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Itching ; burning: Not all problems like folliculitis are caused by germs. Some other reasons are oils, friction, occlusion, perspiration ; rubbing. If it is deep seated... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Isobe
Phlebology 54 years experience
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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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
More typical of herp: If you provide DETAILS a better answer will be possible. How long? Recurrent? EXACT APPEARANCE AND LOCATION.
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Folliculitis: Although most cases of folliculitis are not contagious, cases caused by an infection may be transmitted through person-to-person skin contact, shared ... Read More

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