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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

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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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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Difference between herpes whitlow and eczema?

Difference between herpes whitlow and eczema?

Whitlow hurts: Herpes on finger is painful, localized, heals in 1 or 2 weeks. Eczema is itchy, chronic, wide areas. ...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 scabies?

What's the difference between herpes and scabies?

Ulcers vs itchy rash: Herpes rash is little blisters that break open to form an ulcer and is tender when touched. It is caused by herpes type 1 & type 2. Scabies is caused by a "mite", a bug, that tunnels under the surface of the skin. Scabies is not painful but itches like nothing else. Scabies doesn't form ulcers. Herpes is often on the face, genitals, or fingers. Scabies is often on the hands, arms, waist, or legs. ...Read more

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What's the difference between HIV and herpes?

What's the difference between HIV and herpes?

Different viruses: They both cause different diseases. Herpes can cause a myriad of symptoms but most usually is associated with recurrent sores and ulcers. Hiv is the cause of aids. ...Read more

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What is the difference between herpes zoster and herpes simplex?

What is the difference between herpes zoster and herpes simplex?

HZ vs HSV: HZ (Herpes Zoster) is a common form of cutaneous neuropathic pain is associated with herpes zoster infection. HVS (Herpes simplex virus) is an oral herpes causes cold sores around the mouth or face. ...Read more

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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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What is the difference between oral and genital herpes?

What is the difference between oral and genital herpes?

HSV-1 vs. HSV-2: Oral is on the lips, usually caused by hsv-1. Genital is on the genitals, usually caused by hsv-2. ...Read more

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What is the difference between genital herpes and sweat bumps?

What is the difference between genital herpes and sweat bumps?

Very Different: Genital herpes are grouped vesicles (small blisters) on an area of red skin that often recur ing the same spots. Sweat bumps do not have blisters and the are not on a base of red skin. Herpes may itch or be painful. Sweat bumps are less symptomatic. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hepes zoster and herpes simplex?

What is the difference between hepes zoster and herpes simplex?

Different Viruses: Herpes zoster is same virus which causes Chicken Pox and also called Varicella Virus Herpes Simplex type 2 causes genital Herpes and Type1 mostly causes cold sores and sometime causs genital Herpes ...Read more

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How I can differentiate genital folliculitis from genital herpes?

How I can differentiate genital folliculitis from genital herpes?

Clear fluid: Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle and there will be small pustules or redness around the hair follicles. Herpes is not just around the hair follicles and usually is a small blister filled with clear fluid and a surrounding red base. ...Read more

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What is the difference between allergic rashes and herpes?

What is the difference between allergic rashes and herpes?

Rash: Both allergy and herpes can cause a rash. How to tell one from the other is not within the scope of this social medium. So if you are suffering from a rash, please consult your provider. This much i can tell you: herpes is an infection but not allergy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between genital herpes and oral cold sores?

What is the difference between genital herpes and oral cold sores?

Primarily location: Herpes simplex virus caises both oral lesions and genital lesions. Type 1 is usually found on the lips or mouth and type 2 in the genital region...But not always, as oral sex can cause either to be transmittedto the other area. ...Read more

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What's the difference between ringworm and impetigo?

What's the difference between ringworm and impetigo?

HUGE: Ringworm is a skin infection spread from a person or a cat. The source is usually a kitten. Typically it is scaley with a clearing in the center, slightly itchy, and slowly spreading. Impetigo spreads rapidly, usually the lower face, with honey-colored crusts and maybe blisters. The skin is puffy & sore. Impetigo is transmitted from another person, an infection by strep or staph bacteria. ...Read more

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Difference between phlebitis and infection?

Difference between phlebitis and infection?

Clot /infection: Phlebitis is also called thrombophlebitis and is inflammation of a vein secondary to a clot within the vein. Phlebitis can either be in a superficial vein and is called superficial thrombophlebitis or in a deeper vein and is called dvt. Infection is an inflammation of an area usually due to bacteria.If it is in the skin it is called cellulitis and if there is pus with it, it is called an abscess. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between folliculitis and genital herpes?

Doctor can evaluate: Folliculitis usually affects a larger area of skin than the small spot that a herpes sore affects. Folliculitis is tiny pustules where the hair follicles are. Herpes makes tiny blisters, in a cluster, very close together. Herpes blisters (vesicles) break open with some clear or yellowish fluid, not pus like in folliculitis. A doctor can evaluate and tell the difference. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bauerschmidt
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Folliculitis (Definition)

A condition in which one or more hair follicles are swollen. It can occur anywhere on the skin, and usually occurs when the hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, shaving, or blockage of the follicle, and a ...Read more