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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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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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I have small tiny bumps near my vagina and around my butt is it genital herpes or folliculitis? What is the difference please help

I have small tiny bumps near my vagina and around my butt  is it genital herpes or folliculitis? What is the difference please help

Likely folliculitis: Herpes usually is very tender ulcers with swollen glands and often is not symmetric and occurs on one side, folliculitis is more like small pimples on areas where hair grows. If you think it is herpes then see your gyn for DX and treatment. ...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 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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Doctor said I have folliculitis. I say genital herpes. I'm paranoid and they never bother testing me and gave me cream to put don't know what to do. ?

Doctor said I have folliculitis. I say genital herpes. I'm paranoid and they never bother testing me and gave me cream to put don't know what to do. ?

Do a herpes culture: Culture of the lesions, if the culture is + , it means herpes, if it is negative, it does not necessarily mean you do not have herpes , but, then you can do blood herpes antibodies for type 1 and type 2 , if the antibodies are + and you have never had a cold sore then most likely the lesions are herpes, go for a second opinion to a different doctor if you are worried. ...Read more

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Is getting folliculitis as bad as genital herpes? They look a like. My doctor tells me I got folliculitis but it looks like blisters.It stings to pee

Dr. Henry Ng Dr. Ng
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Is getting folliculitis as bad as genital herpes? They look a like. My doctor tells me I got folliculitis but it looks like blisters.It stings to pee

Different condition: Folliculitis is a bacterial infection of skin's hair structures and can be cured with antibiotics. Genital herpes, on the other hand, is a viral infection with HSV which can be treated with antiviral medication, but cannot be cured. ...Read more

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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

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How do you tell the difference between bed bugs and genital herpes?

How do you tell the difference between bed bugs and genital herpes?

Not comparable: Genital herpes would show up on genitalia as a vesicle or ulcer, whereas bedbug bites typically have a "breakfast/lunch/dinner" presentation of 3 red/itchy bumps without an obvious central bite mark. ...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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Genital Herpes (Definition)

A skin and mucous membrane infection of the soft tissues of the genitals, either male or female. It is caused by a virus called herpes simplex and transmitted person to person by direct contact. It produces small blister-like lesions which break down and form shallow ulcers which are ...Read more