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How do you tell the difference between folliculitis and genital herpes

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
50 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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Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
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
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Fleishman
31 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Likely folliculitis: Herpes usually is very tender ulcers with swollen glands and often is not symmetric and occurs on one side, folliculitis is more like small pimples on ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
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.
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vance Harris
37 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 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
42 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Do a herpes culture: Culture of the lesions, if the culture is + , it means herpes, if it is negative, it does not necessarily mean you do not have herpes , but, then you ... Read More
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Ng
Dr. Henry Ng answered
20 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Different condition: Folliculitis is a bacterial infection of skin's hair structures and can be cured with antibiotics. Genital herpes, on the other hand, is a viral infe ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Not easy: I am sssuming you are able to distinguish between the two anatomic areas. The only way in which you can definitively distinguish between herpes types ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
30 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bugs: You will not see any bugs associated with herpes as it is caused by a virus.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Eric Chevlen
47 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 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Heath
34 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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