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Folliculitis Herpes Difference
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
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
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
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
I have small tiny bumps near my vagina and around my butt is it genital herpes or folliculitis? What is the difference please help
Not exactly.: Folliculitis typically appears like red pus bumps, with each bump forming over a hair follicle. 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. ...Read more
Folliculitis: Folliculitis is an infection in the hair follicles. Each hair on your body grows out of a tiny pouch called a follicle. You can have folliculitis on any part of your body that has hair. But it is most common on the face and scalp and areas rubbed by clothing, such as the thighs and groin. ...Read more
Hi I have found a rash around my bottom that is either folliculitis or the only other option is herpes. Please help me to find out which one.
Can you get a false positive herpes test if it's by swob? Should you get a blood test to know for a fact? And can folliculitis be mistaken for herpes?
False pos very rare: False positive tests for herpes simplex virus (HSV) (culture or PCR) are extremely rare and you probably don't need a blood test. However, a blood test still may be useful, e.g. to help tell new herpes from a recurrent outbreak, or if for some reason the virus type (HSV1 or 2) wasn't determined from the swab test. Folliculitis and herpes can be confused, but rarely by an experienced clinician. ...Read more
More typical of herp: If you provide DETAILS a better answer will be possible. How long? Recurrent? EXACT APPEARANCE AND LOCATION. ...Read more
I have some bumps from my bikini area to my anal area. They did bust and were filled with pus and blood. Folliculitis or herpes?
Folliculitis or herpes? Big bumps upper inner thighs, a hair in center, there for weeks no change/slight worsening, some red some black, some bleed.
CANNOT TELL WITHOUT ACTUALLY SEEING!
PLEASE SEE A DERMATOLOGIST.
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I have red bumps on my pubic region that has been spreading (pretty much anywhere I have pubic hair) for the past month. Herpes or folliculitis?
Had sex yesterday&I already have folliculitis but today different kind of pimples popped up. Small, not clustered, white pus, popped easy. Herpes? Sweat?
Doctor said I have folliculitis. I say genital herpes. I'm paranoid and they never bother testing me and gave me cream to put don't know what to do.?
Do a herpes culture: Culture of the lesions, if the culture is +, it means herpes, if it is negative, it does not necessarily mean you do not have herpes, but, then you can do blood herpes antibodies for type 1 and type 2, if the antibodies are + and you have never had a cold sore then most likely the lesions are herpes, go for a second opinion to a different doctor if you are worried. ...Read more
Is getting folliculitis as bad as genital herpes? They look a like. My doctor tells me I got folliculitis but it looks like blisters. It stings to pee
Does sprinolactone treat folliculitus I also have a fungas on my skin as well as hormone issues I'm starting to think I have herpes?
4 bumps on my buttox and bikini line. Doctor did a visual inspection and said I have folliculits and skin lesion. Google shows herpes looks similar?
Go with doctor:
Your doctor who examined you is in much position to address the issue than any one of us who have not seen you. Avoid shaving the area as that may encourage in-grown hair.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
I have herpes and I'm on Valtrex (valacyclovir) suppressive therapy 500mg 1x per day. After shaving I get a red rash is it an ob or folliculitus how can I tell?
I have herpes and currently take 500 mg Valtrex (valacyclovir) once a day. I shaved my pubic area and I have red bumps. Is it an ob or folliculitus? How can I tell?
Exam: It's probably folliculitis if the bumps are red and are where you shave. Try waxing to avoid this. Do you remember what your last outbreak looked and felt like? It should be painful and some people have prodromal symptoms such as tingling before lesions show up. You can have your doctor take a look if you're not sure. Take care. ...Read more
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