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How Can You Tell The Difference Between Oral Thrush And Hiv
Not easy: I am sssuming you are able to distinguish between the two anatomic areas. The only way in which you can definitively distinguish between herpes types 1 & 2 is by isolating the virus from lesions or secretions and testing it to see which it is. Using antibody testing can be very inaccurate because of the overlap due to nonspecific antibodies. ...Read more
Hiv infection is caused by a retrovirus....This retrovirus binds to CD4 cells (for the most part). You may detect the virus by several different methods. An elisa test (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay). You may also detect it by doing a test referred to as a western blot (a gel protein electrophoresis). Thirdly by pcr (polymerase chain reaction) which ...Read more
Pain: A canker sore is usually painful but likely will resolve in 10-15 days. Oral cancer is usually not painful until later stages. It can have many different appearances so it's not easy to diagnose visually. It will not resolve in 2 weeks. See a dentist, oral surgeon, or periodontist if the lesion is present for more than 2 weeks regardless of how it feels. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oral Cancer: The only way to know conclusively whether or not a lesion is cancerous or not is by having the area biopsied and sent for microscopic evaluation to a pathologist. While most ulcers are gone by two weeks, there are some types of ulcers that last longer but are not cancerous. Some cancers do not ulcer. Start by seeing your dentist or an oral surgeon for an evaluation and diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scabies vs. Herpes: Herpes usually presents as painful, grouped or clustered small blisters. Scabies are usually very itchy and demonstrate linear red lines suggestive of burrowing. See a dermatologist and get an evaluation and / or biopsy for a definitive answer and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very different: Syphilis occurs in stages, 1st painless sore (chancre) after 1 1/12 - 13 wks on genitals, lasts about 1 month. 2nd stage skin rash 2 - 8 wks later lasts about 8 wks. Then latent for 1 -20 yrs.3rd syphilis blood vessels, heart, mental disorders, blindness & nervous system problems. Gonorrhea symptoms in men -> none or pus-like discharge within days, frequent painful urination. Women->abdo pain &dc. ...Read more
Thrush is wipable: Thrush is another term for oral candidiasis. It is essentially a fungal infection of common oral microbe and is easily cured with antifungal medicines or troches (dissolvable tabs). Hairy leukoplakia is caused by a viral infection (epstein-barr virus) and usually occurs in immunocompromised patients. Thrush can occur also in these patents or patients who chronically take antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Location and appeara: Herpetic lesions occur on the lip borders. And are usually solitary lesionsprimary herpes can occur in multiple oral locations and this one time event can be associated w/ fever, malaise, and mouth pain. Herpetic lesions start out like a pimple which then bursts and becomes crater like, with a slimy exudate, canker sores are on oral mucosa, are red w a white ring, and don't have the exudate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin: Discerning : So, the simple answer is that herpes is very painful. It often appears initially as a cluster of blisters and then the top of the sore deteriorated and there is open sores underneath. Folliculitis can be an infection or an irritation of the skin. It is not usually blistering or as painful as herpes. Googling skin rashes is a good way to see text book pictures of the various diagnoses. ...Read more
Oral Ulcer: Oral cancer is usually characterized by a non-helaing oral lesion. A recurrent ulcer that heals between events is less likely to represent oral cancer. The definitive test to diagnose oral cancer is a biopsy of any suspicious lesions. Oral biopsy is a very straightforward process that can generally be accomplished in 15 minutes with local anesthesia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different symptoms: Genital herpes causes blisters and sores, chlamydia does not. Chlamydia usually causes dishcarge from the penis, sometimes with slightly painful urination; herpes can cause these, but usually does not. Both often cause infection with no symptoms at all. If you think you might have been exposed or have symptoms, see a doctor ASAP. Don't guess! ...Read more
Medical Eval: Symptoms of a yeast infection may include: burning, redness & itching of the vulva; burning with urination & vaginal intercourse & a clumpy, white, vaginal discharge with no odor. Sometimes the discharge isn’t apparent. Herpes Simplex 2 is the most frequent cause of genital herpes. It appears as a cluster of lesions that look like blisters. The lesions can appear on the penis, anus, labia or > ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different symptoms: The symptoms usually are quite different. Yeast is itchy, sometimes with redness of the labia and vaginal opening, with little or no thick, white discharge. There is no odor. BV usually causes strong odor (often perceived as "fishy") and a thin, white or gray discharge, and no itching. It is possible to have both infections at the same time. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment advice. ...Read more
Throat swab: Generally speaking, it can be difficult to tell. On exam, strep causes purulent secretions and viral infections do not with exception of mono. Generally a throat swab can be pretty reliable. But a good physical exam is usually all that is needed to determine the difference between a bacterial vs. Viral throat inefection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Physical exam alone: Leukoplakia lesions are easy to identify. The condition causes white lesions, or patches, on your tongue. The thrush, can be similar in appearance. However, doctors can often remove oral growths on the tongue due to thrush. This makes differential diagnosis between the two conditions easy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Canker solitary: Herpes are usually in clusters of two or more sores. The area around and under the ulcer is hard, swollen & tender. The edges of the herpetic ulcer are typically indistinct. A canker is usually a solitary ulcer with a discrete uniform edge, round to oval in shape, with a definite bottom - like a crater on the moon. The area around & under the canker is neither swollen nor hard. ...Read more
Oral thrush or oral candidiasis is a yeast infection of the mouth. White plaques are present on the inner side of cheeks of the mouth. The tongue may also have a white coat. Treatment is by antifungal liquid, tablets or troches. Thrush can occur when the normal flora of the mouth is disturbed such as during antibiotics, oral ...Read more
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (aids),  a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections ...Read more
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