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How can I tell the difference between body acne and herpes?

How can I tell the difference between body 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

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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Difference between butt acne and herpes on butt? Does butt acne itch?

Difference between butt acne and herpes on butt? Does butt acne itch?

Please: Please. Health tap is not in any way designed to replace the necessary health care you need. The doctors here graciously donate their time for free. It is obvious when one is beginning to abuse the privilege.

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

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Do people commonly mistake herpes for acne? How do you tell the difference?

Do people commonly mistake herpes for acne? How do you tell the difference?

Very different: Please see your doctor about this problem. They are not commonly mistaken and have very different treatments! Good luck... ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have facial herpes or acne?

How can I tell if I have facial herpes or acne?

Very different: 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

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Butt acne or herpes? How can I tell?

Butt acne or herpes? How can I tell?

Easy call: Herpes: painful, small blisters with clear fluid, in groups, become unroofed and turn into little sores but do not burst with pressure. Acne: merely uncomfortable, red spots that may or may not fill with actual pus and rupture under pressure. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have herpes or acne?

How do I know if I have herpes or acne?

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

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How to tell if it's chin acne or herpes?

How to tell if it's chin acne or herpes?

Herpes simplex: Very different looking conditions. Show them to a doctor if you have any real question. One is a pimple-like structure and the herpes lesions form a tiny blister which opens and leaves a shallow ulcer which is quite tender. ...Read more

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How to know if I have herpes or vaginal acne?

How to know if I have herpes or vaginal acne?

Get seen: If you have any reason to think you have a herpes outbreak, this is something your personal physician must know to manage any future pregnancies safely. Make a phone call now. ...Read more

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Does a herpes outbreak cause face acne?

Does a herpes outbreak cause face acne?

Probably: Herpes and acne both cause and can be triggered by stress, so the could be related. There is no sense guessing without a lot more information. Please contact your primary care provider to see how this applies to you. ...Read more

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How to tell if these white pimples on my penis acne or herpes?

How to tell if these white pimples on my penis acne or herpes?

Sebaceous cysts: 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

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I swear my acne is contagious. Is there any way a herpes virus has morphed into an acne based condition?

I swear my acne is contagious. Is there any way a herpes virus has morphed into an acne based condition?

No: Acne is not contagious. A localized herpes infection may bear a superficial resemblance to acne, but the two conditions are unrelated. ...Read more

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Could the white cluster if acne like scars around my partners anus be herpes?  

Could the white cluster if acne like scars around my partners anus be herpes?  

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

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Do genital herpes hurt like pimples and acne can?

Do genital herpes hurt like pimples and acne can?

Worse: Considerably worse. Unlike acne, herpes of the lip and herpes of the genitals produces actual sore ulcers. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Pilonidal cyst?: It is difficult to provide an opinion without examining the lesion. It could be pilonidal cyst. See this site for information and discuss the issue with your doctor.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/pilonidal-cyst/ds00747. ...Read more

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Can a herpes out break go away/heal in 5/6 days after being popped or sounds more like acne/blocked hair follicle?

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

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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 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?

Bacteria: Bacteria from the vagina may be disrupting the normal skin bacteria on your face. Consider cleaning your face shortly after these encounters. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Get tested: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. You should see your doctor and get tested.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more

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Swab a lesion that I thought is herpes but it was negative. What is it? Doctor says acne but it's burns and stings

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

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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?

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?

Herpes simplex: These lesions are usually characteristic and difficult to mistake for acne. If the culture was negative it is unlikely to be Herpes, but without seeing these it is impossible to really tell. ...Read more

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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!

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!

Stop crying: I'm betting it's an infected hair. Watch it and consider putting a warm compress in place. If it's not better in two weeks, get seen. If it's not really painful, it's almost certainly not herpes. ...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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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

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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.

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.

Acne: Herpes is painful and the fluid is clear. Herpes lesions are single. You owe it to yourself to manage your acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your family physician. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have little bumps around my genital area. Can you describe the differences between herpes and razor burn?  The bumps are small like pimples.

I have little bumps around my genital area. Can you describe the differences between herpes and razor burn?  The bumps are small like pimples.

See doctor: Herpes typically starts as a blister that then turns into an ulcer/sore and is painful. Genital warts can appear like small bumps, as can molluscum. Razor burn can also appear like small bumps. You need a physical exam to determine what these bumps are. ...Read more

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