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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 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

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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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I have genital herpes, I have a small rash on my thigh, just got over ringworm on arm, ringworm or herpes?

I have genital herpes, I have a small rash on my thigh, just got over ringworm on arm, ringworm or herpes?

Sorry: At minimum it would require taking a history and visualizing this lesion to try to properly diagnose it. Take care. ...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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How do you tell the difference in HPV and herpes?

How do you tell the difference in HPV and herpes?

Appearance: Herpes is a group of blisters. While hpv are small raised areas which must be treated because it will spread and be transmitted to your partners. Seek treatment early, since the more extensive the hpv, the harder it is totally eradicate. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between gential warts and herpes?

How can you tell the difference between gential warts and herpes?

By exam: They really do not look anything alike or have similar symptoms so these would not likely be confused. Herpes causes a itchy or painful ulcerated lesion. A doctor with experience should be able to tell these two apart. ...Read more

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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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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

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How can you tell the difference between chronic yeast infs and a herpes outbreak?

How can you tell the difference between chronic yeast infs and a herpes outbreak?

Herpes: Herpes is very painful and often very 'itchy'. There is a cluster of blisters in herpes whereas in yeast there is a global redness to the skin without any blistering. ...Read more

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Just curious: how do you tell the difference between dermatitis herpetiformis and herpes gladiatorum?

Just curious: how do you tell the difference between dermatitis herpetiformis and herpes gladiatorum?

Easy: Suppose you're sure it's one or the other, which you probably aren't. DH is symmetric. HG is wherever you got rubbed on the mat with the wrestler who had the herpes lesion. HG is likely to come up all at once, while DH less so. DH will usually test positive for anti-gluten stuff. Hope this helps. There are a few other painful small-blister diseases as well -- read up. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between follicultis and herpes

How can you tell the difference between follicultis and herpes

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

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How can you tell the difference between folliculitis and herpes?

Look & symptoms: Herpes typically is recurrent in the same area, is painful and consists of a cluster of blisters (bumps filled with fluid). Folliculitis tends to be itchy rather than painful, does not tend to be localized to one area other than being associated with a hair follicle and shows up as a red bump or acne like pustule rather than a blister. ...Read more

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If you have herpes how can you tell the difference if you have 2nd outbreak?

If you have herpes how can you tell the difference if you have 2nd outbreak?

Not easily: Generally primary herpetic outbreaks are more severe than recurrent episodes, but assessing the differences is not always simple. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between genital herpes and oral?

How can you tell the difference between genital herpes and oral?

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

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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Ringworm (Definition)

A superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs. The same appearances of ringworm may also occur on the scalp (tinea capitis), beard area (tinea ...Read more