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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's the best OTC solution to genital folliculitis?

What's the best OTC solution to genital folliculitis?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis can be caused by bacteria or yeast. An otc topical medication that would kill both organisms is tincture of iodine but this will stain the skin orange for a time. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter creams for genital folliculitis?

Are there any over-the-counter creams for genital folliculitis?

Genital follicululit: s Gerarally it's is best to keep the area clean with an antibacterial soap and let the hair grow out. Putting cream on the area often interferes with this process. If necessary we are more likely to treat with oral antibiotics or drain any severe lesions. All the best and I hope this recovers soon. ...Read more

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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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Can genital folliculitis be present on my penis? Or is that more typical of herpes

Can genital folliculitis be present on my penis? Or is that more typical of herpes

More typical of herp: If you provide DETAILS a better answer will be possible. How long? Recurrent? EXACT APPEARANCE AND LOCATION. ...Read more

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Folliculitis genital area?

Folliculitis: Staphylococcal folliculitis. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic that you apply to your skin (topical), that you take by mouth (oral), or both. Your doctor may also recommend that you avoid shaving the affected area until the infection heals. If you must shave, use either an electric razor or clean razor blade every time. ...Read more

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Does genital herpes and folliculitis look a like?

Does genital herpes and folliculitis look a like?

Yes and no: At the beginning they may look alike. Genital herpes will often cluster and form a group of fluid filled vesicles. Folliculitis will form small pus bumps around each hair follicle. ...Read more

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What are signs of genital herpes vs folliculitis?

Sx hsv 2: Symptoms could include dysuria, tingling and burning, with or without eruption of blisters, or painful ulcerations. ...Read more

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I have small tiny bumps near my vagina and around my butt is it genital herpes or folliculitis? What is the difference please help

Likely folliculitis: Herpes usually is very tender ulcers with swollen glands and often is not symmetric and occurs on one side, folliculitis is more like small pimples on areas where hair grows. If you think it is herpes then see your gyn for DX and treatment. ...Read more

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Folliculitis(genital)since June2016,took Cloxacillin,mupirocin then ABcream & coamoxiclav(only once,change to cefuroxime).Improved but persistent?why?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis often is not due entirely (or even mostly) to infection. Antibiotics usually help, but often they don't clear it up entirely. If you are still shaving the area with folliculitis, you probably have to stop. Check back with the doctor who is treating you. If doubt remains, consider seeting a dermatologist. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does folliculitis in genital area look like?

Folliculitis: No different than anywhere else. The plugged follicles can be secondarily infected and produce little pustules that can expand into boils. At first small red bumps or white-headed pimples occur around hair follicles — the tiny pockets from which each hair grows. The infection can spread and turn into nonhealing, crusty sores and potentially abscesses. ...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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Is it common to have a folliculitis scar on lower ab/ genital area? diagnosed with folliculitis but worried about syphilis with the scar.

Is it common to have a folliculitis scar on lower ab/ genital area? diagnosed with folliculitis but worried about syphilis with the scar.

No usually...: If the folliculitis is promptly treated no scarring expected. But some people have scarring tendency...like Keloid formation. Rather Herpes may be more possibly resemble folliculitis. Syphilis will produce painless ulcer......which heals on its own. If you are past that stage.....secondary syphilis can produce rash......different than folliculitis. HIV can cause rash....resembling folliculitis ...Read more

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How do I know if I have deep folliculitis on my genital area ?

Itching ; burning: Not all problems like folliculitis are caused by germs. Some other reasons are oils, friction, occlusion, perspiration ; rubbing. If it is deep seated you will see redness ; swelling and papules, are you diabetic where it is more common.? The physician should differentiate bacterial from nonbacterial to start treatment. Note that bacterial folliculitis is occasionally stubborn ; persistent. ...Read more

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How do I identify deep folliculitis on my genital area? Such as how they look and symptoms.

Folliculitis: Skin rash usually from ingrown hairs if in genital region. Try exfolliant but if persists go to gyn to be sure its not something more serious. ...Read more

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Can folliculitis in the genital area be treated with over-the-counter medications? If not, what's the best way to treat it? Will it return?

Can folliculitis in the genital area be treated with over-the-counter medications? If not, what's the best way to treat it? Will it return?

Warm compresses: Mild cases of folliculitis can be treated with warm compresses several times daily. More severe cases are best treated with prescription oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you have sex with folliculitis when on the genital area without spreading to partner?

Folliculitis: Although most cases of folliculitis are not contagious, cases caused by an infection may be transmitted through person-to-person skin contact, shared razors, or through Jacuzzis or hot tubs. Folliculitis may be sterile (noninfectious) or caused by a fungus, bacterium, or virus. It is possible to give it to someone else through close skin contact. ...Read more

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Rash like symptoms that resemble folliculitis in the genital region at base of shaft by hair region tried home remedies no luck ?

Stop shaving?: Pubic area folliculitis is very common these days, especially in people who shave the pubic area. See a doctor for a possible culture test to see if you're carrying staph or strep, and whether a prescription might help. If you shave the area, you may have to stop and go natural. ...Read more

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I have what looks like folliculitis in the genital area how is it treated or what are the signs that is what it is and not an STD it doesn't itch/hurt?

I have what looks like folliculitis in the genital area how is it treated or what are the signs that is what it is and not an STD it doesn't itch/hurt?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis will usually be more inflamed than something like molluscum. If it does't hurt or itch that does point toward more benign things. And if you shave in the genital area that would suggest something infectious. However, this should be evaluated. ...Read more

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My doc prescribed me Ketoconazole 2% shampoo for folliculitis & sores on genital area , do I still use regular soap afterwards? How do I use it?

My doc prescribed me Ketoconazole 2% shampoo for  folliculitis & sores on genital area , do I still use regular soap afterwards? How do I use it?

See a dermatologist: If you use ketoconazole shampoo all over, you do not need another cleanser. Your polypharmacy suggests that your DR is using a "shotgun" approach to therapy and may not feel confident of her diagnoses. Ketoconazole shampoo is safe, cheap, easy to use. Might as well use it in shower every day. ...Read more

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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. ?

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

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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

Dr. Henry Ng Dr. Ng
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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

Different condition: Folliculitis is a bacterial infection of skin's hair structures and can be cured with antibiotics. Genital herpes, on the other hand, is a viral infection with HSV which can be treated with antiviral medication, but cannot be cured. ...Read more

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I have a skin color growth on the outer lip of my vagina. My doctor said it was folliculitis but I am worried it maybe genital warts.

I have a skin color growth on the outer lip of my vagina. My doctor said it was folliculitis but I am worried it maybe genital warts.

Hmmm, hard to say: Folliculitis usually looks very different from a genital wart. If the growth is more 'cauliflower-like', wth irregular skin surface, or if it doesn't go away with application of compresses or even antibiotics, then another diagnosis should be considered. A biopsy may be needed to determine definitely. ...Read more

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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