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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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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


Dr. Candace Spann
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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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Dr. Martin Raff
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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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Dr. Martin Raff
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Dr. Michael Fisher
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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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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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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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