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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 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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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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Whats the difference between herpes and folliculitis?

Whats the difference between herpes and folliculitis?

Herpes simplex: Herpes is a virus. Folliculitis starts when hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, an insect bites, blockage of the follicle, shaving, or braids too tight and too close to the scalp. In most cases the damaged follicles are then infected with the bacteria staphylococcus, and may result in boils. ...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 folliculitis resemble herpes?

Not exactly.: Folliculitis typically appears like red pus bumps, with each bump forming over a hair follicle. Herpes is typically described as a crop or cluster of vesicles. The vesicles usually have a clear fluid in the center of the bump and are painful or itchy. See your dermatologist for proper diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have folliculitis or herpes?

Herpes simplex: Very different illnesses and most doctors would be able to tell the difference quickly. ...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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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