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A 22-year-old female asked:

how can i know the difference between a pimple and herpes simplex both near the mouth ? it appeared as a pimple at first, now it hurts a lot.

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
Herpes: The change you describe would be in keeping with a herpes infection. It would be best to see your family doctor to guide you thru this.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Sometimes difficult: Herpes tends to be multiple small fluid like mini blisters whereas a pimple tends to be a solitary pus filled cyst
Dr. Yale Kanter
Dr. Yale Kanter commented
Ophthalmology 61 years experience
This is true, but what the patient describes is probably an herpes infection because of the progression description.
Jun 1, 2015

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