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How to tell the difference between herpes and folliculitis

A 24-year-old member asked:
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
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology 46 years experience
Look & symptoms : Herpes typically is recurrent in the same area, is painful and consists of a cluster of blisters (bumps filled with fluid). Folliculitis tends to be... Read More

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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 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
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
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Usha Mukhytar
Gynecology 26 years experience
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 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Hubert
Dermatology 28 years experience
Can be similiar: Herpes can be in pubic hair. See your dermatologist for a proper exam and diagnosis.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Fleishman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
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
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Candace Spann
Dermatology 21 years experience
Not exactly.: Folliculitis typically appears like red pus bumps, with each bump forming over a hair follicle. Herpes is typically described as a crop or cluster of... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Herpes simplex: Very different illnesses and most doctors would be able to tell the difference quickly.
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
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Antoanella Calame
Dermatology 19 years experience
Folliculitis : Folliculitis is an infection in the hair follicles. Each hair on your body grows out of a tiny pouch called a follicle. You can have folliculitis on a... Read More

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