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How I can differentiate genital folliculitis from genital herpes?

How I can differentiate genital folliculitis from genital herpes?

Clear fluid: Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle and there will be small pustules or redness around the hair follicles. Herpes is not just around the hair follicles and usually is a small blister filled with clear fluid and a surrounding red base. ...Read more

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Folliculitis (Definition)

Folliculitis is a condition in which one or more hair follicles are swollen. It can occur anywhere on the skin, and usually occurs when the hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, shaving, or blockage of the follicle, and a bacterial infection may follow. Common symptoms may include a rash, itching, and ...Read more


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How I can differentiate genital folliculitis from genital herpes?

Clear fluid: Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle and there will be small pustules or redness around the hair follicles. Herpes is not just around the hair follicles and usually is a small blister filled with clear fluid and a surrounding red base. ...Read more

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Does genital herpes and folliculitis look a like?

Does genital herpes and folliculitis look a like?

Yes and no: At the beginning they may look alike. Genital herpes will often cluster and form a group of fluid filled vesicles. Folliculitis will form small pus bumps around each hair follicle. ...Read more

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What are signs of genital herpes vs folliculitis?

Sx hsv 2: Symptoms could include dysuria, tingling and burning, with or without eruption of blisters, or painful ulcerations. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between folliculitis and genital herpes?

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 more

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Can folliculitis in the genital area be treated with over-the-counter medications? If not, what's the best way to treat it? Will it return?

Can folliculitis in the genital area be treated with over-the-counter medications? If not, what's the best way to treat it? Will it return?

Warm compresses: Mild cases of folliculitis can be treated with warm compresses several times daily. More severe cases are best treated with prescription oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Folliculitis genital area?

Folliculitis: Staphylococcal folliculitis. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic that you apply to your skin (topical), that you take by mouth (oral), or both. Your doctor may also recommend that you avoid shaving the affected area until the infection heals. If you must shave, use either an electric razor or clean razor blade every time. ...Read more

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What does folliculitis in genital area look like?

Folliculitis: No different than anywhere else. The plugged follicles can be secondarily infected and produce little pustules that can expand into boils. At first small red bumps or white-headed pimples occur around hair follicles — the tiny pockets from which each hair grows. The infection can spread and turn into nonhealing, crusty sores and potentially abscesses. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have deep folliculitis on my genital area ?

Itching ; burning: Not all problems like folliculitis are caused by germs. Some other reasons are oils, friction, occlusion, perspiration ; rubbing. If it is deep seated you will see redness ; swelling and papules, are you diabetic where it is more common.? The physician should differentiate bacterial from nonbacterial to start treatment. Note that bacterial folliculitis is occasionally stubborn ; persistent. ...Read more

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How do I identify deep folliculitis on my genital area? Such as how they look and symptoms.

Folliculitis: Skin rash usually from ingrown hairs if in genital region. Try exfolliant but if persists go to gyn to be sure its not something more serious. ...Read more

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Reproductive Organs (Definition)

The major organs of the reproductive system includes, the external genitalia (penis and vulva) as well as a number of internal organs including the gamete producing gonads (testicles and ovaries). Diseases of the human reproductive system are very common and widespread, particularly ...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