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How can you tell the difference between latex allergy and herpes?

How can you tell the difference between latex allergy and herpes?

By proper testing: The lesions caused by either are usually different. Under any circumstances, the lesions need to be seen by a competent physician. Because the treatment and long term implications are so different, you should get checked for herpes first. If negative, latex allergy can be diagnosed with proper testing. For this testing, see an allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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What is the solution/possible home remedies for Burning sensation on upper lip since a few days? (With a history of food allergies and herpes simplex)

What is the solution/possible home remedies for Burning sensation on upper lip since a few days?
(With a history of food allergies and herpes simplex)

Any red bumps?: By now I would expect herpes to have declared itself. Try applying Aquaphor ointment or petroleum jelly. If no improvement after a couple of days then apply hydrocortisone. ...Read more

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I have slight thrush on tongue, sinusitis, and slight rash on my armpits, dry cough, but I think it may be allergies from pollen? herpes or hiv????

I have slight thrush on tongue, sinusitis, and slight rash on my armpits, dry cough, but I think it may be allergies from pollen? herpes or hiv????

Lowered resistance.: Thrush can be seen in generally healthy individuals who become ill with a viral infection, like mono or viral pneumonia or from antibiotics or use of inhaled corticosteroid iinhalers without rinsing the mouth. Herpes is more likely to give a cluster of red papules like a cold sore. Get Rx for the thrush. Always wise to get hiv test if you have had unprotected sex, especially if thrush persists. ...Read more

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Can latex allergies be confused with herpes on the penis?

Can latex allergies be confused with herpes on the penis?

Rash: Herpes usually is painful and has a more of an ulcer type appearance . Latex allergy is more itchy and has more of a redness and flat appearance generally speaking. ...Read more

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Hello, I need help to differentiate a skin allergy or infection from herpes. I have itchy pustules with red base on the thighs and belly button?

Hello, I need help to differentiate a skin allergy or infection from herpes. I have itchy pustules with red base on the thighs and belly button?

Folliculitis?: Herpes typically presents as a cluster of vesicles (filled with clear fluid that eventually scab over). A first episode can be more extensive and sore, but thighs and belly button sounds more like folliculitis. Folliculitis is a bacterial infection of the follicles. See your dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Can a latex allergy be mistaken for genital herpes?

Can a latex allergy be mistaken for genital herpes?

No: Both of these conditions vary in their appearance so it would be unlikely that la would be mistaken for genital herpes. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a latex allergy to be confused with herpes infection on your hand?

Is it possible for a latex allergy to be confused with herpes infection on your hand?

Rash: Herpes usually is painful and has a more of an ulcer type appearance . Latex allergy is more itchy and has more of a redness and flat appearance generally speaking. ...Read more

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I wanted to know is it herpes a really bad yeast infection or latex allergies!?

Vaginitis: You need to be seen and examined to establish the cause of this outbreak. ...Read more

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I was wondering is it herpes a really bad yeast infection or latex allergies, should I be concerned?

Skin eruption: Would need far more information about what sort of lesions you are seeing. Best advice is to let a doctor see these and make a diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had an allergic reaction now I have what looks like a allergy spot on my penis head. How do I know it's not herpes?

Had an allergic reaction now I have what looks like a allergy spot on my penis head. How do I know it's not herpes?

Probably not : An allergic reaction should not lead to herpes...But wondering what was allergic reaction and if you know you had herpes in past(ie. ? Same raah you had before) however if it doesn't look like prior "rash" (or never had herpres) see your dr. If doesn't get better. ...Read more

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Can allergies cause lymph nodes to wax and wane? Chronic over 8 yrs. Tested neg for HIV, HERPES, cancers.

Can allergies cause lymph nodes to wax and wane? Chronic over 8 yrs. Tested neg for HIV, HERPES, cancers.

They ALWAYS do that: I'm glad you're health conscious. That's what lymph nodes are supposed to do. Everybody has a few palpable ones that come and go. They're your friends, fighting goodness-knows-what so you never know it attacked. Relax and be thankful for good health. ...Read more

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Hi I have five small white bubbles pinhead size on the Cupid bow of lip is that herpes? Or is that skin allergy very itchy

Hi I have five small white bubbles pinhead size on the Cupid bow of lip is that herpes? Or is that skin allergy very itchy

Herpes?: Hi I have five small white bubbles pinhead size on the Cupid bow of lip is that herpes? Or is that skin allergy very itchy. ANS: need to see picture first. Coming soon here were think. ...Read more

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Have acne on inner theigh. Herpes or allergy? I do have sensitivity and have been using lotion with fragrance. Should I take valtrex (valacyclovir) just on case?

 Have acne on inner theigh. Herpes or allergy? I do have sensitivity and have been using lotion with fragrance. Should I take valtrex (valacyclovir) just on case?

Many possibilities..: I would have the rash looked at by a doctor. It could represent a bacterial infection, shingles, eczema, or several other different conditions with very different treatments. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had sex w a dif kind of condom. 2days later got a rash, itches so bad doesn't burn when I pee. But tiny red dots all over. Herpes or just an allergy?

Had sex w a dif kind of condom. 2days later got a rash, itches so bad doesn't burn when I pee. But tiny red dots all over. Herpes or just an allergy?

Contact allergy: Herpes don't itch and the time of onset is compatible with a contact allergy to the condom with latex being the likely suspect. Some latex brands are more allergenic than others. ...Read more

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Rash on my vagina, itchy goes away within 3 days.I'm on a steroid cream. Is this herpes Doctor said no but why does it come back. No blisters Allergy?

Rash on my vagina, itchy goes away within 3 days.I'm on a steroid cream. Is this herpes Doctor said no but why does it come back. No blisters Allergy?

Contact allergy: Herpes is painful not itchy. The most likely cause is a contact allergy (laundry detergent, vaginal preparations, latex condom, semen etc). The problem will keep on coming back until the allergen is eliminated . Even then it will take a few days for the rash to subside. ...Read more

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Could the herpes 1 virus cause sinus infection? Antibios, allergy meds aren't helping. Rbc,hemoglobin,hematocrit,platelets normal but WBC little low.

Could the herpes 1 virus cause sinus infection? Antibios, allergy meds aren't helping. Rbc,hemoglobin,hematocrit,platelets normal but WBC little low.

Virus: Itd be unusual. If youve tried all those treatments without help, you should see an ent for an exam of the nose and sinus openings. Sometimes a ct scan of the sinuses is needed ...Read more

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My son 18mnths is suffering rash in palms, entire leg and we.when physician saw him said he suffers sore throat.plz advise is it herpes or allergy??

My son 18mnths is suffering rash in palms, entire leg and we.when physician saw him said he suffers sore throat.plz advise is it herpes or allergy??

Rheumatology: It sounds that this may be an infection but If it persists have your pediatrician refer you to a pediatric rheumatologist because this may be rheumatologic in nature. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more