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Is getting folliculitis as bad as genital herpes? they look a like. my doctor tells me i got folliculitis but it looks like blisters.it stings to pee

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Dr. Henry Ng
Dr. Henry Nganswered
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 20 years experience
Different condition: Folliculitis is a bacterial infection of skin's hair structures and can be cured with antibiotics. Genital herpes, on the other hand, is a viral infection with HSV which can be treated with antiviral medication, but cannot be cured.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Not really.: Unlike gebital herpes, this is self-limited. It resolves on its own, but topical antiseptics and topical or systemic antibiotics can speed up resolution.
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Do a herpes culture: And do blood antibody testing. Both can cause pain and burning with urination, but the causes are different. Folliculitis is usually from a bacteria, herpes is from teh herpes virus, type 1 or 2. Folliculitis is not an std. Herpes is an std.

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Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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