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Herpes Vs Razor Burn
Razor Burn & Herpes: Razor burns are initially caused by the act of hair being pushed back into the follicle during the process of shaving. As a result, the follicles become inflamed and the skin turns red - may develop an ingrown hair and/or larger bumps. Herpes, however, forms small painful blisters. They usually appear as small fluid-filled painful blisters on the skin and mucous membrane of the body. ...Read more
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
Is it possible to contract herpes if your partner of 3 years doesn't have it? I'm at a point where I'm really not sure if this is just bad razor burn?
Only by sex: The only way to catch genital herpes is sexual contact with an infected partner. Having no symptoms doesn't necessarily mean your partner doesn't have herpes; many infected people don't know it but still pass herpes to partners. Razor burn and herpes are quite different -- if you have pimple-like bumps or inflammation in areas you shave, probably it's not herpes. But see a doctor ASAP to be sure. ...Read more
Get evaluated: to see which you have. Treatments are not the same for these two conditions. ...Read more
I thought i had a razor burn it was like a cut, a day later two bump arose with like a dimple on it, now I don't know if it's abcess or herpes.
Herpes simplex: Must examine the lesions. Show these to a doctor. ...Read more
Herpes or pimples due to shaving and new lotion? Some pimples and itching/burning like razor burn.
Folliculitis: Razor burn is broadly defined as a skin irritation developing after shaving. It appears as a red rash, sometimes with swelling & itching. Frequent shaving, using a dull blade, shaving dry & sensitive skin are associated. If the inflammation of the hair follicle leads to infection, pustules or pimples might develop--folliculitis. Herpes simplex would not be expected but would look like blisters. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I shaved before having sex and what I thought was razor burn, is now blistering. It doesn't itch at all, but new blisters keep forming. Herpes?
Herpes or razor burn
I shaved 3 days ago. I have several small pimples now at the top o my pubic area. No burning or tingling, but pain in my thigh?
Difficult to assess: Visualization of the bumps would likely be necessary to determine the true cause, since the symptoms you are describing are not consistent with one over the other. Herpes lesions are typically blistered or ulcerated (open), while razor burn/folliculitis lesions appear more as red pimples. Folliculitis however, does not usually cause referred pain, while herpes often does. ...Read more