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I have had a scaly rash show up on my inner thigh/groin. It looks like ringworm. Could it be herpes? I have had no initial outbreak.

I have had a scaly rash show up on my inner thigh/groin. It looks like ringworm. Could it be herpes? I have had no initial outbreak.

Likely Tinea Cruris: If it is a scaly rash, it is very unlikely to be herpes. Tinea cruris (ringworm) is the likeliest diagnosis however, i recommend a proper evaluation from your local dermatologist to rule out any other conditions. A KOH exam along with a proper history and physical exam will be helpful if performed. ...Read more

Dr. Ritu Saini
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Trichophyton (Definition)

Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...Read more


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Dark itchy swollen raised patches all over body (not herpes, not any ringworm, not cancer docs say ... Very itchy then subsides. Any clue?

Dark itchy swollen raised patches all over body (not herpes, not any ringworm, not cancer docs say ... Very itchy then subsides. Any clue?

Get the diagnosis: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I had ringworm on groin. Lotrimin (clotrimazole) ultra was used. Ringworm is faded. However red bumps appeared on groin, been there 4 days, could this be herpes?

I had ringworm on groin. Lotrimin (clotrimazole) ultra was used. Ringworm is faded. However red bumps appeared on groin, been there 4 days, could this be herpes?

Red bumps : It may be recurrent ringworm. Herpes is painful and the bumps will eventually look like ulcers/blisters. If they are painless, you can try Lamisil (terbinafine) over the counter or a prescription antifungal for ringworm. If you suspect herpes, abstain from sex and consult with a physician. ...Read more

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The rash notlike ringworms is like little pimples but plane and red, itchy, no hurt, no liquid, no blisters, not penis only around the anus, herpes?

The rash notlike ringworms is like little pimples but plane and red, itchy, no hurt, no liquid, no blisters, not penis only around the anus, herpes?

See a doctor: Answers on healthtap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis, and even if they were this would have to be seen and examined. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between ringworm and other skin rashes?

How do I tell the difference between ringworm and other skin rashes?

Not: difficult for trained professionals. Usually tinea corporisor ring worm is usually circular with central clearing while other rashes look different depending on the etiology ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between scabies and herpes?

How can you tell the difference between scabies and herpes?

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 more

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How can you tell the difference between latex allergy and herpes?

How can you tell the difference between latex allergy and herpes?

By proper testing: The lesions caused by either are usually different. Under any circumstances, the lesions need to be seen by a competent physician. Because the treatment and long term implications are so different, you should get checked for herpes first. If negative, latex allergy can be diagnosed with proper testing. For this testing, see an allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

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Do people commonly mistake herpes for acne? How do you tell the difference?

Do people commonly mistake herpes for acne? How do you tell the difference?

Very different: Please see your doctor about this problem. They are not commonly mistaken and have very different treatments! good luck... ...Read more

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


Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

Ringworm is neither ring or a worm -- it is a skin rash that can be circular and slowly enlarging with redness and scale caused by ...Read more