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Difference Between Acne And Herpes
Easy: Someone in basic good health will not have a lasting generalized herpes rash. Herpes is little blisters, generalized herpes simplex is usually caught on the wrestling mat, looks like chicken pox and is gone in a few days, and probably hurts more than acne. All acne is manageable; if it's on your trunk you'll probably need systemic treatment from your physician. ...Read more
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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Herpes is painful and a cluster of blisters in a small area (usually). It is not pimples, a rash or spread widely on the skin. Herpes is diagnosed by blood test best. ...Read more
Very different: Please see your doctor about this problem. They are not commonly mistaken and have very different treatments! Good luck... ...Read more
These are very different disease entities and tend to have discrete differences in presentation. While herpes tends to present with very small fluid filled vessicles (tiny blister like lesions), acne tends to present with larger pus-filled lesions in the deeper layers of the dermis.
However, I would recommend seeing a dermatologist to be sure. ...Read more
See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Herpes is a collection of blisters that as they age lose the top layer of the skin and have raw red ulcerated lesions. Herpes hurts.
Acne on the penis is not normal and I doubt with sincere confidence that you have pimples on your penis. The more common benign situation is an oil or pus filled lesion known as a sebaceous cyst. ...Read more
I swear my acne is contagious. Is there any way a herpes virus has morphed into an acne based condition?
Depends: White scar-like lesions around the genitals & anus could represent any number of skin conditions... Molluscum contagiosum, condyloma latum (syphilis), and herpes are examples of some contagious conditions while other conditions (like lichen sclerosus) can be progressively disfiguring. It is important to have you partner checked out by a physician like a dermatologist to rule out concerning causes. ...Read more
I have a small, non itchy bump on the base of my penis. Is it herpes or acne, I usually have acne on the base of my penis?
Need exam: For a definitive answer and diagnosis, an exam and possible testing would be needed. Good luck. ...Read more
What are the chances of getting herpes from a used doe-foot applicator from a foundation sample at a drugstore which was applied directly over my acne?
Not likely, but: I'm unclear as to what the ingredients are, but I doubt that it would be a likely possibility. However I don't approve of using used applicators on other people's skin. ...Read more
I had red inflammation and then what looks like acne at top of my bottom/base of tailbone which was never painful or that itchy. Would it be herpes?
Can a herpes out break go away/heal in 5/6 days after being popped or sounds more like acne/blocked hair follicle?
Need More Info: You have offered 3 suggestions for a diagnosis of what you might have however the information needed to formulate a diagnosis is missing eg. A detailed description, location, duration, associated symptoms such as pain, itch & more. Additionally, diagnosis of skin lesions is challenging without visual inspection. Please re-submit your question or see your doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
I always break out on my chin with acne after going down on my girlfriend. And I know it is not herpes or canker sores. Why might this be?
I believe I have Genital Herpes from on, one searches but they don't look like the pictures, so I am thinking it maybe acne but I have herpes symptoms?
It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. You should see your doctor and get tested.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more
Swab a lesion that I thought is herpes but it was negative. What is it? Doctor says acne but it's burns and stings
Herpes simplex: Without knowing what the doctor did with the swab specimen (microscopic exam vs viral culture) it is difficult to know what this is without seeing it. Is your doctor a dermatologist. If not you may want to get a second opinion. ...Read more
Did a swab culture test for suspected herpes 2 days and a half after it showed. It's negative and doctor says just acne. It was itching. I trust result?
I have a red bump in the dip of my cupids bow, its just a small red bump and there's no pus or anything. I don't know if its herpes or acne I'm crying!
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
Would herpes scatter on my face like acne or would it be condensed to one side? I am having a breakout on my forehead, cheeks, chin, and beside my lips. I'm concerned it may not be acne.
Just one side??: Blister like lesions affecting only one side of your face could be a herpes virus, the zoster virus, but it would tend to be only in one of those areas at a time. H.Simplex, the cold sore virus, can be small blisters in a cluster anywhere on your face but still tends to localize to one area. If you have eczema, some of these viruses can spread to more than one area at a time. It may be worth a visit. ...Read more
Can't tell if what I have is herpes or zits around my lip. Had whiteheads. When I popped them, white stuff came out. I get acne frequently.
I'm wondering if wht I have on the top is my lip is acne or herpes? Yesterday puss came out when I popped it but today is a little sore, red.
I continuosly have whiteheads and bumps im not sure if its acne or herpes? I have an overthecounter cream caled advantage spot treatment its don't help
I have a tiny red bump at the corner of my mouth. I have not been kissed (or sexually active) in a over a year. Is it oral herpes or could it be acne?
GOK: That stands for god only knows. If you want to know what it is, you will need to see a dentist or a physician to accurately diagnose it. There are many possibilities and without actually being able to personally see it, we can't give you a good answer, especially the right one. ...Read more
I have little bumps around my genital area. Can you describe the differences between herpes and razor burn? The bumps are small like pimples.
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