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What's the difference between herpes and carbuncles?

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Dr. Linda Spencer
Dermatology 36 years experience
Virus vs. bacterium: Herpes infections are caused by a virus, while carbuncles are caused by bacteria. Herpes infections appear as tiny, clear, painful blisters, while carbuncles are much larger pus-filled nodules.

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