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If you have herpes how can you tell the difference if you have 2nd outbreak?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Not easily: Generally primary herpetic outbreaks are more severe than recurrent episodes, but assessing the differences is not always simple.

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A 30-year-old male asked:

How can you tell the difference between follicultis and herpes

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
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 deteriorated and there is open sores underneath. Folliculitis can be an infection or an irritation of the skin. It is not usually blistering or as painful as herpes. Googling skin rashes is a good way to see text book pictures of the various diagnoses.

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