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What does genital herpes look like? Pimples or ingrown hairs? How big are they?

What does genital herpes look like? Pimples or ingrown hairs? How big are they?

Here's info: http://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/STDFact-herpes.htm If you are worried, have an exam - use a condom to protect both yourself and others. Self Dx by photos might be mistaken anyway, so it's not helpful. Read, learn, have an exam. It's fairly common so they'll know how to assist you. Unfortunately, it's not curable, but very treatable. Don't fret. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...Read more


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Do genital herpes pop like pimples?

Do genital herpes pop like pimples?

Often, yes: But it is more like a burn than a pimple. The characteristic Herpes lesion is a small blister that is fragile and easily ruptures. This exposes the underlying layer of very sensitive skin, which is why it can be very painful. ...Read more

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Is it possible to still have genital herpes even if I tested negative? Doctor tested what looked like pimple.

Is it possible to still have genital herpes even if I tested negative? Doctor tested what looked like pimple.

Possible: Although the lesion which the doctor tested may not have been herpetic (or may have been missed), many women who have had genital herpes but do not currently have lesions, continue to shed virus in their vaginal secretions. That is why obstetricians may suggest c-sections for women with this history. ...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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Can you pop a genital herpes pimple?

Can you pop a genital herpes pimple?

Very bad idea.: It is teaming with herpes simplex virus which you will release if you pop a lesion. ...Read more

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If your genitals burns and you have small pimples around your penis, does it automatically mean that you have genital herpes or something different?

If  your genitals burns and you have small pimples around your penis,  does it automatically mean that you have genital  herpes or something different?

Probably: Not automatically, but the symptoms you describe are very good for genital herpes. I would see your primary care doctor for further evaluation, including other stds. ...Read more

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I'm scared I have genital herpes. No red or itchy , but I have a line of what looks like whiteheads or pimples on my or is shaft?

I'm scared I have genital herpes. No red or itchy , but I have a line of what looks like whiteheads or pimples on my or is shaft?

Penile lesions: These may be sebaceous cysts, but can be molluscum contagiosum, a sexually transmitted viral infection, or possibly a variety of other minor conditions. They are most likely whiteheads or cysts. They are generally normal anatomical variants which will not produce long term damage. Show them to your pcp and they can refer you to dermatologist if needed.. ...Read more

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I had sex with a woman 3WEEKS LATER I get these small pimples on chest and have a genital herpes break out with a cold. could i have hiv.

I had sex with a woman 3WEEKS LATER I get these small pimples on chest and have a genital herpes break out with a cold. could i have hiv.

Not HIV: The rash of a new HIV infection is not pimple-like, and occurs along with fever, sore throat, lymph node enlargement, etc. Three weeks is too long for onset of new herpes and HIV doesn't cause cold symptoms like stuffy nose or cough. If you remain worried, visit the Public Health STD clinic at Harborview (which I used to direct) to check out your symptoms and herpes, and maybe HIV testing. ...Read more

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What's the difference to a pimple and herpes on your genitals? I have a whitehead down there but i also have a cold sore, do I have genital herpes?

What's the difference to a pimple and herpes on your genitals? I have a whitehead down there but i also have a cold sore, do I have genital herpes?

Could be either.: Genital herpes typically consists of one or more painful group(s) of blisters on a red base. Sometimes the blisters look like "whiteheads". The only way to know for sure is to have a culture done by your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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A friend of mine had genital herpes, she is complaining about getting swollen lymph nodes in the neck & pimples on chest.Is it normal?

Two kinds of Herpes : Genital herpes does not affect face or upper part of the body. The symptoms you describe need medical attention. Consult your medical doctor. Hope this is helpful information. ...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.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more

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Does genital herpes look and feel like zits?

Does genital herpes look and feel like zits?

Thanks for asking!: Gential herpes typically hurts like crazy and is usually preceeded with a terrible tingling sensation. Zits do not really hurt or tingle. Both are annoying and you should go see your dermatologist or primary care physician for a diagnosis. Genital herpes respond very well to a oral pill, Acyclovir or similar and the lesions go away. ...Read more

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What exactly does genital herpes look like?

Usually open lesions: With redness around them, but sometimes the skin and introital region can just look red with no lesions, please see your gyn asap for an exam and culture. ...Read more

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How does genital herpes look like? Please show photo?

Genital herpes: can have various appearances. This STD is often missed or misdiagnosed because the appearance can vary from the classic cluster of vesicles to no lesion at all! Recurrent HSV is often a single tiny painful area that is swollen and red. If untreated it usually develops into an ulcer but it may be so tiny and hidden in pubic hair that it is never seen. ...Read more

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What does genital herpes look like? How can I get it properly diagnosed?

What does genital herpes look like? How can I get it properly diagnosed?

Blisters, sores: Mostly superficial blisters that soon become painful open sores, especially on moist tissues. First infection most severe, usually at directly exposed sites (penis, labia, vaginal opening, etc); often fever and inflamed lymph nodes in the groin. Recurrent outbreaks usually mild, no inflamed nodes or fever; may be preceded by neurologic "prodrome" of tingling etc. See a doctor for exam and testing. ...Read more

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What does genital herpes look like? How can I get it properly diagnosed?

Duplicate question: See my reply to the same question you asked under a different username. If you google genital herpes, you can find lots of photos of typical and atypical herpes outbreaks. ...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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Genital Herpes (Definition)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more