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A 28-year-old female asked:

How can you tell the difference between an ingrown hair and genital herpes?

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Dr. Eric Chevlen
Medical Oncology 47 years experience
See description: An infected ingrown hair is located right where the hair leaves the skin. Herpes lesions are usually greater in number and may be scattered on areas devoid of hair.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
A doctor examination: These two extremely different problems do not in any way carry similar symptoms. Herpes is painful blisters that ulcerate. Ingrown hair is pus containing acne like lesions.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Genital herpes or just ingrown hair, how can I tell?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection.

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