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I have a pimple like bump on my pubic area. I've had it for a few days. Today I saw it crust over. It never caused pain. Is it herpes if it has a scab?

I have a pimple like bump on my pubic area. I've had it for a few days. Today I saw it crust over. It never caused pain. Is it herpes if it has a scab?

Hard to say: It is probably not herpes although I cannot be sure. You may just have an inflammation of a hair follicle called folliculitis.Another possibility is molluscum contagiosum.I would see a dermatologist to find out what the actual diagnosis is. ...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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Can being infected by Herpes cause an outbreak of regular pimples and such? I got a severe outbreak on all locations I usually have pimples.

Can being infected by Herpes cause an outbreak of regular pimples and such? I got a severe outbreak on all locations I usually have pimples.

Herpes can spread: If you have a cold sore (Herpes Simplex infection), it is quite possible to see it spread to other break out areas around the face. However, this is not very likely. But, if it is as you say, that your have a severe herpes outbreak in areas where you get pimples, you will need to see a physician to get more aggressive treatment. This will need more attention that just OTC products. ...Read more

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Pimple on the hood of the clitoris. Is this herpes?

Pimple on the hood of the clitoris. Is this herpes?

blocked sebacious: It is most probabely not herpes, it may be a blocked sebacious gland or a cyst. Wash with warm water when you take a bath and if it persists see your gynecologist or family doctor
herpes infection causes painful fluid filled lesion.
If you want to be sure what it is have it checked. ...Read more

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Does herpes look like pimples?

Does herpes look like pimples?

Blisters: More like small bumps pr blisters with clear fluid, on top of red skin. There's usually no pus. ...Read more

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I have some red almost pimple like bumps on my pubic are, what are the chances that it is herpes?

I have some red almost pimple like bumps on my pubic are, what are the chances that it is herpes?

See derm: This is probably folliculitis or hidradenitis which have to do with abnormal hair follicles and apocrine sweat glands. ...Read more

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I get a little tender pimple close to my rectum on the left side sometisometimes. Does this means herpes?

I get a little tender pimple close to my rectum on the left side sometisometimes. Does this means herpes?

Not necessarily: Herpes would recur but might be more painful. I would suggest topical ointment if no relief have it examined by you physician. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not know if I have herpes, they look like pimples and what to do if I do not know what to do please help.?

What to do if I do not know if I have herpes, they look like pimples and what to do if I do not know what to do please help.?

Herpes: Blood testing is now the only best standard for herpes testing. Cultures are notoriously inadequate. Her press lesions are blisters. They are not pimples. ...Read more

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I have a pimple like bump with a white head. It seemed to look different with in minutes after taking a shower. Could this be herpes or just a pimple?

I have a pimple like bump with a white head. It seemed to look different with in minutes after taking a shower. Could this be herpes or just a pimple?

Pimple: Where is the bump? Is it full of fluid or is it firm? Does it recur in the same place? Herpes occurs in clusters at point of contact (oral or genital) or along nerves (dermatomal). When you take a shower, you are changing your body temperature temporarily which alters the blood supply & color of the skin. Your bump is most likely an acne comedone (whitehead). Your pcp can help diagnose it better. ...Read more

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I have a whitehead on my lip is this herpes?

I have a whitehead on my lip is this herpes?

Lip lesion: Herpetic lesions tend to be painful. Also, a cold sore is usually what is seen, not a whitehead. See your doctor if you are worried. ...Read more

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Can you pop a herpes pimple?

Can you pop a herpes pimple?

Please DO NOT do: That - it is teaming with herpes simplex virus - popping it will spread the infectious material. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have herpes or a pimple?

How do I know if I have herpes or a pimple?

Pain: Typically herpes starts with pain first, then you get the "pimple".
Sometimes it is difficult to tell, and the only for sure way would be to have the fluid from the "pimple"cultured by a doctor. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have herpes or just a pimple?

How do I know if I have herpes or just a pimple?

Visit your dentist: Normally herpetic lesions develop in the same area every single time they appear, best way will be to visit your dentist for a consult and he will give you a prescription for the herpes that will help with the pain, lenght of time and severity. ...Read more

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How are pimple and oral herpes different?

How are pimple and oral herpes different?

Bacteria v Virus: Pimples are caused by bacterial overgrowth within a follicle while herpes breakouts are caused by viral activation of the herpes virus. ...Read more

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Small pimple on foreskin that was itchy for a day now it's not wondering if I have herpes or not?

Small pimple on foreskin that was itchy for a day now it's not wondering if I have herpes or not?

Not impossible: Sounds like you should use condoms until that "pimple" either gets friends (=herpes), or goes away (=still "might" be herpes, but less likely). As "the gift that keeps on giving, " if you've got it, you will see it flare up again. Could / should / ought to get checked @ std clinic / your dr / urgent care to be sure isn't herpes and check for anything else. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that herpes sores are itch less/painless, only have pimple looking bumps not clear fluid filled sores? What are the symptoms?

Herpes simplex: This does not sound as if they were likely to have been caused by infection with this virus, but without seeing them cannot really comment on their probable cause. ...Read more

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How can you tell if it's a pimple or a herpes sore?

How can you tell if it's a pimple or a herpes sore?

Blister= herpes: Most herpes lesions look like a blister (think burn) early on. A pimple is usually a red base with a pustular (white)center. Not always easy to tell the difference. If it is on or very near your lip (or penis or vaginal labia) suspect herpes. Is worthwhile to discuss with dr. Herpes is a serious and life- long infectious disease. ...Read more

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Could herpes simplex (h1) be spread through a pimple?

If its Herpes: The most common appearance for genital herpes is no sore at all. Additionally, there is still a risk of spread - even in the absence of a sore. While herpes I is mostly oral, it is still found in up to 30% of genital cases. Although it can appear like a pimple, it isn't certain unless tested by swab and culture. If the culture is negative, still can be herpes. ...Read more

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Herpes, cold sore, pimple, or something else, how to tell?

Herpes, cold sore, pimple, or something else, how to tell?

Cold Sore/ Herpes: Cold sores are caused by herpes simplex virus.Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are usually caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1). Tingling &/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. ...Read more

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Herpes, cold sore, pimple, or something else, what's wrong?

Herpes, cold sore, pimple, or something else, what's wrong?

Can't diagnose: Without seeing it. Cold sores are painful liquid filled blisters that can occur on the lips, roof of the mouth or the gums which are caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv-1). Tingling ;/or pain can herald the oncoming of cold sore 1 to 2 days prior to eruption. ...Read more

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Could pimple like bumps in your vagina area be a sign of herpes?

Could pimple like bumps in your vagina area be a sign of herpes?

Could be: Vessicles (small blisters) or pustules (small pimples) are consistant with herpetic lesions. ...Read more

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Are herpes bumps like a pimple or are they just really painful blisters?

Are herpes bumps like a pimple or are they just really painful blisters?

Painful blisters: Hi shahzad1:


herpes lesions are distinctively painful and at one stage they appear as fluid filled vesicles. ...Read more

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I have a white pimple with a red base on the shaft of my penis. Is this herpes?

I have a white pimple with a red base on the shaft of my penis. Is this herpes?

Unlikely: Most likely exactly as you described, a pimple. But, if it persists or worsens, have your doctor look at it. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pimple, warts and herpes around the vagina; looks etc.?

What is the difference between pimple, warts and herpes around the vagina; looks etc.?

So many answers: There are so many different appearances that it would make the most sense for you to see your obgyn for a checkup - and more so because there are different treatments for each. And...If it's an std, you need to be able to inform your partner (s) down the road.

Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a pimple but when it pops out its something white then goes away is this herpes or a ingrown hair?

I have a pimple but when it pops out its something white then goes away is this herpes or a ingrown hair?

Pimple: A Whitehead, or closed comedone, has a white sebaceous plug inside. A warm shower will sometimes help it exit the skin. ...Read more

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My boyfriend's penis has some small pimple-like around the back of his penis head. Is this a sign of herpes?

My boyfriend's penis has some small pimple-like around the back of his penis head. Is this a sign of herpes?

Herpes: Herpes usually looks like a blister or fluid filled bubble, or a red sore. It is often painful. So maybe - or it could be other infections or even just an irritated spot. Can you ask him about it? Be cautious until you are sure. ...Read more

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I have this big bump on the shaft of my penis. It looks like a pimple and it's by itself. Could this be herpes it popped like a pimple also?

I have this big bump on the shaft of my penis. It looks like a pimple and it's by itself. Could this be herpes it popped like a pimple also?

Milia: It is possible that the lesion you see on your penis, is a small cyst with the name I wrote above. This is not contagious or dangerous and it is not uncommon. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the looks of a pimple to herpes? I'm getting them on my chest and my four head and all over. Red with out white heads

What's the difference between the looks of a pimple to herpes? I'm getting them on my chest and my four head and all over. Red with out white heads

Mucous membranes: Herpes simplex occurs on mucous membranes. Herpes-zoster occurs on specific areas of skin in a nerve root distribution. Random pimples probably aren't herpes. Herpes lesions always have a blister in the middle of them early in the eruption. Then they crust over. Only way to be sure is to have an examination. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you have a pimple on your lip not herpes?

Absolutely: Pimples in the follicles around the lips happen commonly. They typically appear like a blackhead or pus bump involving one follicle. Cold sores tend to be it occur with a cluster of tiny blister (vesicles) that are filled with clear fluid. ...Read more

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Can you pop a genital herpes pimple?

Can you pop a genital herpes pimple?

Very bad idea.: It is teaming with herpes simplex virus which you will release if you pop a lesion. ...Read more

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Pimple on your lip the same as herpes?

Pimple on your lip the same as herpes?

Not necessarily: A single 'pimple' on the lip could be a bacterial infection or a hsv lesion. ...Read more

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Single pimple on edge of lip, could it be herpes?

Single pimple on edge of lip, could it be herpes?

Herpes simplex: Possibly, but it would have to be seen to be diagnosed appropriately. ...Read more

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