A 37-year-old member asked:
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does herpes cause boils?

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Dr. Candace Spann
20 years experience Dermatology
Not exactly.: Boils typically appear as swollen, tender nodules, sometimes with purulent drainage. Herpes is typically described as a crop or cluster of vesicles. The vesicles usually have a clear fluid in the center of the bump and are painful or itchy. See your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and management. Boils are usually caused by bacteria and may require antibiotic treatment.
Answered on Dec 27, 2018
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
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Possibly: Pruritis (itching) is a subliminal form of pain, so in early stages this may occur.
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Dr. Martin Raff
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Question unclear: Rephrase this and perhaps it can be answered more effectively.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Virus vs bacteria: Herpes is caused by virus which can be treated by antivirals such as zovirax (acyclovir). Boils are caused by bacteria such as staph and strep and are ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Unlikely: This is probably staphylococcal. See a doctor and have this examined, diagnosed and treated. Not likely to be herpetic.

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