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What's the difference between herpes and tiny boils?

What's the difference between herpes and tiny boils?

Bacterial vs viral: Boils are bacterial infections of hair follicles, herpes is a viral infection that affects skin among other organs. ...Read more

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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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Bumps on my lip. One was a small boil and one was just a small bump. Only had it for two days. Day two they are getting smaller. Herpes?

Bumps on my lip. One was a small boil and one was just a small bump. Only had it for two days. Day two they are getting smaller. Herpes?

Bumps on Lips: Herpes normally does not resolve in two days. You most likely have acne lesions on the lips. See your local dermatologist for prescription medications. ...Read more

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Boil on leg busted. More bumps appeared on genitals. 2 diff doctors say staph does not look like herpes. Culture shows herpes. Could this be wrong?

Boil on leg busted. More bumps appeared on genitals. 2 diff doctors say staph does not look like herpes. Culture shows herpes. Could this be wrong?

Follow science: It could be wrong but i would review the the culture. Bumps on genitals are more likely to be herpes. If the treatment for the virus cures the bumps then it is probably not bacterial. ...Read more

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Keep having reoccurring boils on face. Not staph, diabetes, or herpes. What could be the cause? Dermatologist keeps giving me bactrim and trimethoprim

Cystic acne?: Sounds like the dermatologist is treating you for cystic acne. Perhaps you need a second opinion or you might try seeing an aesthetician if the antibiotic is not working. ...Read more

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Multiple boil like bumps, hard pus filled on my labia majora have been having them since puberty what is this? Could it be herpes if they're constant?

Multiple boil like bumps, hard pus filled on my labia majora have been having them since puberty what is this? Could it be herpes if they're constant?

Not herpes: Genital herpes doesn't behave at all like this; herpes doesn't cause "hard pus filled" bumps or lesions like boils. This sounds like severe recurrent folliculitis, or maybe a chronic skin condition called hidranitis supperativa. See a dermatologist, who should be able to diagnose this problem pretty easily. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have boils in my vaginal area. Could this be herpes?

Herpes simplex: Usually forms small blisters which break open leaving little ulcerations. Your boils warrant medical evaluation. See your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Boil (Definition)

Boil is also known as Abscess. A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more


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