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A 23-year-old male asked:

How i can differentiate genital folliculitis from genital herpes?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Clear fluid: Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle and there will be small pustules or redness around the hair follicles. Herpes is not just around the hair follicles and usually is a small blister filled with clear fluid and a surrounding red base.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Agree with Dr. H: If you are unable to differentiate, it would be prudent to see your doctor. The treatments for the two entities are very different. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Get HPV vaccine

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What are signs of genital herpes vs folliculitis?

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Sx hsv 2: Symptoms could include dysuria, tingling and burning, with or without eruption of blisters, or painful ulcerations.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

How do you tell the difference between folliculitis and genital herpes?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Location: Genital herpes usually on penis, scrotum, vulva, pubic area or sometimes, groin. They are small grouped blisters. Folliculitis, by definition, developed around hair follicles. So it can be on body, face, arms, legs, etc. It rarely appears in genitalia unless there are hairy and thus having follicles. Besides, they are pustular, red bumps.
A 18-year-old member asked:

Does genital herpes and folliculitis look a like?

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Dr. John Wales
Emergency Medicine 42 years experience
No: Folliculitis tends to focused around base of hair follicles - in many cases after shaving closely. Genital herpes can start with small blisters - not centered around hair follicles - can progress to shallow, painful ulcerations. Each requires different treatment.

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