A 44-year-old member asked:
Disclaimer

what's the difference between herpes and carbuncles?

1 doctor answer
Dr. Linda Spencer
35 years experience Dermatology
Virus vs. bacterium: Herpes infections are caused by a virus, while carbuncles are caused by bacteria. Herpes infections appear as tiny, clear, painful blisters, while carbuncles are much larger pus-filled nodules.
Answered on May 9, 2016

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month

Related questions:

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience Family Medicine
Herpes: Herpes simplex is definitely not a bacterial infection. It is caused by a virus.
A member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
13 years experience Family Medicine
Herpes = cold sores: The virus that causes cold sores is called herpes simplex. There are two types of herpes simplex (type i and type ii). In the past, herpes type i us ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 41-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
2
2 thanks
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Vulvitis/ Herpes: Vulvitis is inflammation of the vulva whereas herpes simplex is a virus which can cause small blisters that coalese & the tops may break off.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month