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how to tell the difference between herpes and folliculitis

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 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 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Herpes simplex: Herpes is a virus. Folliculitis starts when hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, an insect bites, blockage of the follicle, shaving, ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Usha Mukhytar
25 years experience Gynecology
Bacterial and viral: Folliculitis is bacterial infection mostly from gram positive bacteria responds to penicillin derivative herpes is viral infection, is recurrent and ... Read More
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 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
Herpes simplex: A "pimple" is generally a raised red area that may be topped with a little spot of pus. A herpetic lesion is generally a blister that opens and revea ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. RADHA SYED
51 years experience Gynecology
Genital lesions: Chancroid is a soft friable lesion appearing on mons pubis with surface ulceration.Syphillitic ulcers are more defined, smaller , deeper ulcerated are ... 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
57 years experience Pathology
See below: Herpes has vesicles all the same age-that is they all have thin roofed veicles which unroof all at about the same time shigles on the other hand has ... 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 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Hemorrhoids - herpes: A hemorrhoid is an enlarged vein at the anus or in the lower rectum. Internal hemorrhoids are deep to the anus. External hemorrhoids are outside of th ... Read More
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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 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Easy: Someone in basic good health will not have a lasting generalized herpes rash. Herpes is little blisters, generalized herpes simplex is usually caught ... Read More
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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 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 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Whoa: This is serious. The rash of acute HIV infection is unlikely to feature pustules / pimples or blackheads. But this is beside the point. If you are con ... Read More
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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 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 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Wong Moon
Dr. Wong Moon answered
27 years experience Plastic Surgery
Lotion: Dermatitis usual resolves with lotion. Herpetic lesions usual recur in the same region and does not improve with lotion. Herpes lesions improve with ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Eczema and Fungus: Both eczema and ringworm can cause an itchy, red rash that appears in circular shapes. The rash may blister or be made up of tiny bumps. It can spread ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
By proper testing: The lesions caused by either are usually different. Under any circumstances, the lesions need to be seen by a competent physician. Because the treatme ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. (Liz)Phuong Tran
34 years experience Family Medicine
Different: Eczema or atopic dematitis is a chronic skin condition that involves scaly and itchy rashes in which you can use different kind of steroids cream to ... Read More

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