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A 31-year-old member asked:

How can i tell the difference between genital herpes or pilar blisters?

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Dr. Henry Garcia
Obstetrics and Gynecology 9 years experience
HSV and pilar cysts: The difference is that HSV blisters are painful, located on the skin and will be present during the outbreak and then the blisters will disappear completely once the outbreak has resolved. Pilar cysts are firm, slow growing subcutaneous nodules that do not spontaneously disappear. They are painless, unless they become infected and are most commonly located on the scalp

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can anyone tell me what color is the stuff that usually comes out of a genital herpes blister?

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Dr. Daniel Lama
Specializes in Urology
Clear: When the herpetic lesions burst there will be a clear fluid released.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Could I have genital herpes even if i don't have blisters?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: You can even be contagious without blisters being apparent through a phenomenon called viral shedding.
Hyattsville, MD
A 27-year-old female asked:

Why is some genital herpes blisters painful and some are not?

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Dr. Tarek Naguib
Nephrology and Dialysis 40 years experience
Skin nerves: The blisters hurt because they expose some of the tiny nerves in the skin. Some areas of the skin has more, or less, nerves than others. Also, some blisters have different depths than others.

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