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How do you tell the difference between folliculitis and genital herpes

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 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Fleishman
30 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 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 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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 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 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Skin: Discerning : So, the simple answer is that herpes is very painful. It often appears initially as a cluster of blisters and then the top of the sore deteriorate ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
By exam: They really do not look anything alike or have similar symptoms so these would not likely be confused. Herpes causes a itchy or painful ulcerated lesi ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Appearance & where: Herpes rash is little blisters that break open to form an ulcer and is tender when touched. It is caused by herpes type 1 & type 2. Scabies is caused ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bugs: You will not see any bugs associated with herpes as it is caused by a virus.
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. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Razor Burn & Herpes: Razor burns are initially caused by the act of hair being pushed back into the follicle during the process of shaving. As a result, the follicles beco ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Easy: Suppose you're sure it's one or the other, which you probably aren't. DH is symmetric. HG is wherever you got rubbed on the mat with the wrestler who ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Appearance: Herpes is a group of blisters. While hpv are small raised areas which must be treated because it will spread and be transmitted to your partners. Seek ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Katherine Brown
15 years experience Dermatology
Identifying HPV: Vulvar & vaginal warts (hpv) can appear similar to other skin lesions and are contagious via direct skin contact. As such, suspicious skin lesions sh ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: Herpetic lesions form blisters which break down into shallow ulcers that are painful and tender.
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 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Herpes: Herpes is very painful and often very 'itchy'. There is a cluster of blisters in herpes whereas in yeast there is a global redness to the skin without ... Read More
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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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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Bryan
31 years experience Dermatology
Herpes vs Cyst: Herpes is usually an open tender sore on top of the skin, whereas a cyst is a type of clogged pore--a bump under the skin. Let your doctor take a qui ... Read More
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 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Here are some ...: Fordyce spots are ectopic, not-hair-follicle-related sebaceous glands, appears as 1-3-mm papules, and are painless. But herpes are virus-caused skin i ... Read More

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