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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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I have a pimple like bump with a white head. It seemed to look different with in minutes after taking a shower. Could this be herpes or just a pimple?

I have a pimple like bump with a white head. It seemed to look different with in minutes after taking a shower. Could this be herpes or just a pimple?

Pimple: Where is the bump? Is it full of fluid or is it firm? Does it recur in the same place? Herpes occurs in clusters at point of contact (oral or genital) or along nerves (dermatomal). When you take a shower, you are changing your body temperature temporarily which alters the blood supply & color of the skin. Your bump is most likely an acne comedone (whitehead). Your pcp can help diagnose it better. ...Read more

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I have 2 tiny red bumps on each thigh. They have a white head. Is this herpes?

I have 2 tiny red bumps on each thigh. They have a white head. Is this herpes?

This does not sound: Like herpes, but without seeing it, we can't make a diagnosis on this platform. Please see your doctor to be properly diagnosed if you are concerned. If you are a HealthTap Prime member, you can do a virtual consult there with one of us and send a photo or show us on the video consult. ...Read more

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I have one zit/white head in my vaginal hole and another one forming in the flap. I looked it up and it might be a sist or herpes. Help?

I have one zit/white head in my vaginal hole and another one forming in the flap. I looked it up and it might be a sist or herpes. Help?

Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on healthtap. Thanks. ...Read more

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I have a white head looking bump on my upper lip line. It Does not hurt, does not itch, and is not inflamed. I'm worried this May be herpes?

I have a white head looking bump on my upper lip line. It Does not hurt, does not itch, and is not inflamed. I'm worried this May be herpes?

Herpes: Here pest is painful and often very itchy at initial outbreak so since these are not your symptoms you may have a pimple instead, ...Read more

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Can a zit on the corner or your mouth crust over when it's healing? It had a white head and popped so I assume its not herpes but I am still worried.

Can a zit on the corner or your mouth crust over when it's healing? It had a white head and popped so I assume its not herpes but I am still worried.

Yes but....: The other possibilities are like you suggested herpes as well as impetigo (staph infection). Try applying triple antibiotic for 2-3 days. If its not better or if its spreading, see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Day 1 white head pimple on lip line pop it with little white fluid day 2 just red skin, day 3 nearly healed - herpes or just my anxiety of herpes?

Day 1 white head pimple on lip line pop it with little white fluid day 2 just red skin, day 3 nearly healed - herpes or just my anxiety of herpes?

Anxiety?: From what you describe, it doesn't sound like a herpes infection. If it were, by the way, popping it would just make it spread more. When in doubt, it would be better to just leave it alone or seek a professional evaluation and advice\treatment. ...Read more

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Woke up with pimple like sore on inner thigh. It had a white head so put bandaid on it and it popped now it has a raised head. Is it pimple or herpes?

Woke up with pimple like sore on inner thigh. It had a white head so put bandaid on it and it popped now it has a raised head. Is it pimple or herpes?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you however your symptoms suggest a pimple.
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Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Lately I've had a few red bumps appear on my legs and one on my arm. They are red with a white head and go away fast could it be herpes?

Lately I've had a few red bumps appear on my legs and one on my arm. They are red with a white head and go away fast could it be herpes?

Folliculitis: The most common explanation for scattered self-limiting minute pustules is infected skin pores. An antibacterial soap, avoidance of scratching and scrupulously cleaned fingernails are useful to prevent skin infections. ...Read more

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I have a bump on vagina im wondering if it's herpes, it's a little pink with a white head I poped it and it was a white ball, is this herpes or a zit?

I have a bump on vagina im wondering if it's herpes, it's a little pink with a white head I poped it and it was a white ball, is this herpes or a zit?

Unlikely herpes: Herpes comes as a blister, that opens to be a shallow ulcer. Something with a white head that when you popped it there was a white ball is likely a zit - a local skin infection. ...Read more

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Have HSV 1. Past week saw cut outside vagina and now I have a pimple on groin like white head. Is this a new herpes infection. I am married???? ....

Have HSV 1. Past week saw cut outside vagina and now I have a pimple on groin like white head. Is this a new herpes infection. I am married???? ....

Herpes simplex: It does not sound as if you have a herpetic eruption on your genitalia, but does sound as if you should be seen by a doctor and have this diagnosed and treated appropriately. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have 2 tiny red bumps on each thigh. They have a white head. Is this herpes? I also get a slight burning feeling in my groin, hips, low back and legs constantly.

I have 2 tiny red bumps on each thigh. They have a white head. Is this herpes? I also get a slight burning feeling in my groin, hips, low back and legs constantly.

See Your Doctor: The description and symptoms given do not sound typical for Herpes however more info is needed such as duration, your medical history (recent/past) and more. Additionally, diagnosis of skin lesions is challenging without visual inspection. The causes for "bumps" are quite numerous: infection, allergy, disease-related, and more. Suggest you see your doctor now for proper diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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He's my only sexual partner & he's same. Unprotected. I have vaginosis. I got 2 lumps on genital area. Sore&red, 1 has white head. Herpes?! he doesn't have.

See doctor: If he has never had another sexual partner, then it is unlikely you have genital herpes. However, there are two other possibilities: 1) he could be lying or 2) it could be oral herpes which can be transmitted down there if you had oral sex with each other. The vaginosis just may be irritation from having sex. In any event, see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's chin acne or herpes?

How to tell if it's chin acne or herpes?

Herpes simplex: Very different looking conditions. Show them to a doctor if you have any real question. One is a pimple-like structure and the herpes lesions form a tiny blister which opens and leaves a shallow ulcer which is quite tender. ...Read more

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Does a herpes outbreak cause face acne?

Does a herpes outbreak cause face acne?

Probably: Herpes and acne both cause and can be triggered by stress, so the could be related. There is no sense guessing without a lot more information. Please contact your primary care provider to see how this applies to you. ...Read more

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Can a herpes out break go away/heal in 5/6 days after being popped or sounds more like acne/blocked hair follicle?

Can a herpes out break go away/heal in 5/6 days after being popped or sounds more like acne/blocked hair follicle?

Need More Info: You have offered 3 suggestions for a diagnosis of what you might have however the information needed to formulate a diagnosis is missing eg. A detailed description, location, duration, associated symptoms such as pain, itch & more. Additionally, diagnosis of skin lesions is challenging without visual inspection. Please re-submit your question or see your doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I always break out on my chin with acne after going down on my girlfriend. And I know it is not herpes or canker sores. Why might this be?

I always break out on my chin with acne after going down on my girlfriend. And I know it is not herpes or canker sores. Why might this be?

Bacteria: Bacteria from the vagina may be disrupting the normal skin bacteria on your face. Consider cleaning your face shortly after these encounters. ...Read more

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Would herpes scatter on my face like acne or would it be condensed to one side? I am having a breakout on my forehead, cheeks, chin, and beside my lips. I'm concerned it may not be acne.

Would herpes scatter on my face like acne or would it be condensed to one side? I am having a breakout on my forehead, cheeks, chin, and beside my lips. I'm concerned it may not be acne.

Just one side??: Blister like lesions affecting only one side of your face could be a herpes virus, the zoster virus, but it would tend to be only in one of those areas at a time. H.Simplex, the cold sore virus, can be small blisters in a cluster anywhere on your face but still tends to localize to one area. If you have eczema, some of these viruses can spread to more than one area at a time. It may be worth a visit. ...Read more

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Can't tell if what I have is herpes or zits around my lip. Had whiteheads. When I popped them, white stuff came out. I get acne frequently.

Can't tell if what I have is herpes or zits around my lip. Had whiteheads. When I popped them, white stuff came out. I get acne frequently.

Acne: Herpes is painful and the fluid is clear. Herpes lesions are single. You owe it to yourself to manage your acne. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your family physician. ...Read more

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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more