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How can you tell the difference between razor burn and herpes?

How can you tell the difference between razor burn and herpes?

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

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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 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.

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.

See a dermatologist: Possibly folliculitis due to close shave. Need exam by expert to define precisely. What part of body? First time? Pustules? Meanwhile can try a little otc benzoyl peroxide gel. ...Read more

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Herpes or pimples due to shaving and new lotion? Some pimples and itching/burning like razor burn.

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 more

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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?

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

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Do I have herpes symptoms? I have HPV and have had warts. However i haven't had them in 3 years. I started to notice one and now I am very itchy (only at night) and noticed after itching I have red bumps that look like razor burn. I haven't had sex in 2 m

The : The description you give is not consistent with herpes, but it is still possible. Visit your doctor for an examination. If the area in question has resolved, you can request a herpes blood test that checks for antibodies for herpes type 1 & 2. If you are positive for type 2 then you have been exposed to genital herpes at some point. If the rash is still present then your doctor may be able to tell you if it is herpes or not by his/her clinical exam. Good luck. ...Read more

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I think I have razor burn, but the area has had some tingling, should I go be tested for herpes?

I think I have razor burn, but the area has had some tingling, should I go be tested for herpes?

Testing: Testing for herpes would either involve a blood test or a culture of visible lesions/sores. If you are sexually active and have not been using protection, it may be prudent to get std screening regardless of symptoms you may be experiencing right now. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's a razor burn around anus or herpes?

How to tell if it's a razor burn around anus or herpes?

Herpes simplex: Must examine the lesions. Show these to a doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having small red, dry, itchy bumps that look just like razor burn but aren't around my vagina and inner thighs, what could be the cause and cure?

I'm having small red, dry, itchy bumps that look just like razor burn but aren't around my vagina and inner thighs, what could be the cause and cure?

Need to examined: If it was not traumatized by a razor, then number of things including localized cellulitis, folloculitis, contact dermatitis are possibilities. Hard to tell by your description. Have a clinician or a dermatologist take a closer look if it's persistent. ...Read more

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Burns (Definition)

To the skin and possibly deeper structures. 1st-degree is into the epidermis, or top layer of the skin. 2nd-degree is into the dermis, or bottom layer of the skin. 3rd-degree is all the way through the skin. 4th-degree is into deeper ...Read more


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