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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

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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Does herpes cause boils?

Does herpes cause boils?

Not exactly.: Boils typically appear as swollen, tender nodules, sometimes with purulent drainage. Herpes is typically described as a crop or cluster of vesicles. The vesicles usually have a clear fluid in the center of the bump and are painful or itchy. See your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and management. Boils are usually caused by bacteria and may require antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

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Do boils itch? Does herpes itch?

Do boils itch? Does herpes itch?

Possibly: Pruritis (itching) is a subliminal form of pain, so in early stages this may occur. ...Read more

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Do peroxide boil on herpes oral sores?

Question unclear: Rephrase this and perhaps it can be answered more effectively. ...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 on hip, do I have herpes?

Unlikely: This is probably staphylococcal. See a doctor and have this examined, diagnosed and treated. Not likely to be herpetic. ...Read more

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What can I do if my gf has a boil or pimple on the buttocks, is it gential herpes?

What can I do if my gf has a boil or pimple on the buttocks, is it gential herpes?

Probably not: Herpes is a blister with clear fluid in it that crusts over, does not contain pus. ...Read more

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I have a single bump on top of my mons pubis. Not painful. Could one ever get herpes on this area or could it most likely be boil/ingrowni shave alot.

It depends on how it: The bump could be a number of different possibilities. If it is painless, then it is not likely to be a boil or infection. I do not think it is herpes as that usually will cause a blister , red spots, itching or pain in the lesion.
Anything deeper requires close watch to see if it is increasing in size over 2-3 weeks. If it is over 1-2 centimeter or growing you need to have it examined by doctor. ...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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I get a boil/hair bump in same exact spot in groin after Brazilian wax. Why? Not herpes.

I get a boil/hair bump in same exact spot in groin after Brazilian wax. Why? Not herpes.

Grooming: Grooming of the pubic hair area may be a risk factor for developing skin infections from herpes, molluscum contagiosum and bacterial skin infections such as folliculitis. One can also get contact dermatitis from the wax. As you can imagine, one must take precautions or use other methods if problems are caused. Meds are available for most complications see your MD. ...Read more

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I have a small blister or a boil on my lower lip. It is painless. Can it be herpes by any chance?

I have a small blister or a boil on my lower lip. It is painless. Can it be herpes by any chance?

Not necessarily: This could be a clogged oil duct, an insect bite, trauma, a mucocele (which is a benign bulge in the lip tissue), OR herpes. It is less likely to be herpes since it is painless (herpes is usually tingly or painful), but I would have a doctor look at it and possibly culture it to know for sure. ...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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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 suppurativa. See a dermatologist, who should be able to diagnose and treat it pretty easily. Good luck! ...Read more

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My husband has been told he has genital herpes, I have history of hsv 1 on face & lips as well as boils on my groin.is there a connection between them?

My husband has been told he has genital herpes, I have history of hsv 1 on face & lips as well as boils on my groin.is there a connection between them?

You must be tested: for HSV1 and HSV2. If your husband was recently diagnosed with genital herpes, this did not occur coincidentally.If you test positive for HSV2 I suggest a full DTD workup. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate a boil & a herpe?

Herpes: Herpes is usually a grape like clusters ( multiple vesicular lesions) close to each other, where as a boil is a isolated lesion. ...Read more

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And what is the difference between herpes type I and ii?

Above/below the belt: In general, hsv-1 causes herpes labialis (cold sores) and hsv-2 causes anal and genital herpes. But the viruses don't always follow the rules, so it's possible, for example, to get genital herpes caused by hsv-1, especially with an initial outbreak. Hsv-1 would be unlikely to cause recurrent genital herpes, however. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between herpes and coldsores?

Whats the difference between herpes and coldsores?

None: Cold sores are caused by herpes virus, usually type1. Most people think of herpes as genital herpes, which are usually caused by HSV 2, herpes type 2. There is no cure for this virus, but there is medication to repress the virus and limit chance of symptoms or passing it to someone else. ...Read more

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What's the difference between vulvitis and herpes?

What's the difference between vulvitis and herpes?

Vulvitis/ Herpes: Vulvitis is inflammation of the vulva whereas herpes simplex is a virus which can cause small blisters that coalese & the tops may break off. ...Read more

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What's the difference between herpes and carbuncles?

What's the difference between herpes and carbuncles?

Virus vs. bacterium: Herpes infections are caused by a virus, while carbuncles are caused by bacteria. Herpes infections appear as tiny, clear, painful blisters, while carbuncles are much larger pus-filled nodules. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between herpes and folliculitis?

Whats the difference between herpes and folliculitis?

Herpes simplex: Herpes is a virus. Folliculitis starts when hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, an insect bites, blockage of the follicle, shaving, or braids too tight and too close to the scalp. In most cases the damaged follicles are then infected with the bacteria staphylococcus, and may result in boils. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between folliculitis and herpes?

How can you tell the difference between folliculitis and herpes?

Look & symptoms : Herpes typically is recurrent in the same area, is painful and consists of a cluster of blisters (bumps filled with fluid). Folliculitis tends to be itchy rather than painful, does not tend to be localized to one area other than being associated with a hair follicle and shows up as a red bump or acne like pustule rather than a blister. ...Read more

Boil (Definition)

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