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A 27-year-old female asked:

I get very scared when i see a bump in my genital area, how can i tell the difference between ingrown hairs and genital herpes?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Herpes: Ingrown hairs don't usually burn or itch, and genital herpes blisters do. If you have any question at all about what you see on yourself, please see your physician.
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Dr. Christina Adberg
Gynecology 28 years experience
Good question: Those two lesions can sometimes look similar! herpes doesn't universally have a hair in the center of the lesion though. It can, but it affects all areas of the skin not just the hair follicles. So if your bumps always have a hair in them, then it's probably not herpes. Herpes starts out as a tender swelling, progresses to a blister, then an ulcer that dries and scabs over. Healing takes a week.
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