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How To Tell Difference Between Herpes And Scabies
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Genital lesions: Chancroid is a soft friable lesion appearing on mons pubis with surface ulceration.Syphillitic ulcers are more defined, smaller , deeper ulcerated areas which are usually painless(unlike herpetic ulcers). The definitive test is taking swab cultures or biopsies.A blood sample for syphilis(rpr with fta) must be done additionally to confirm before treatment could be started. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By where the rash is: Most eczema occurs on the face, inner elbows, behind the knees, on the wrists, hands, and ankles. It is usually dry, red, itchy. Scabies tends to occur on the waist, arm pits, writsts, genital area, lower buttocks, front of the knees, sides of the feet, and on the sides and in between the fingers. It is always more itchy at night. Check for some photos of the rashes on medical websites. ...Read more
Eczema and Fungus: Both eczema and ringworm can cause an itchy, red rash that appears in circular shapes. The rash may blister or be made up of tiny bumps. It can spread and may become dry and scaly. Even doctors can mistake eczema for ringworm, and since the treatments are very different, it's important to differentiate accurately before treating. The best test is to scrape the infected skin and have it examined. ...Read more
Whoa: This is serious. The rash of acute HIV infection is unlikely to feature pustules / pimples or blackheads. But this is beside the point. If you are concerned that you are hiv-positive, you won't rest or be able to focus on the other tasks of life until you get a reliable test -- if a recent exposure, a pcr. It may not be inexpensive, but it's well worth it. Get with your physician now. ...Read more
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
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
Hemorrhoids - herpes: A hemorrhoid is an enlarged vein at the anus or in the lower rectum. Internal hemorrhoids are deep to the anus. External hemorrhoids are outside of the anus. A hemorrhoid is a bump that can cause pain, bleeding ; may itch. Local symptoms from herpes simplex 2 infection consist of a cluster of lesions that look like blisters. The lesions can coalesce followed by crusting over. ...Read more
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
Easy: Someone in basic good health will not have a lasting generalized herpes rash. Herpes is little blisters, generalized herpes simplex is usually caught on the wrestling mat, looks like chicken pox and is gone in a few days, and probably hurts more than acne. All acne is manageable; if it's on your trunk you'll probably need systemic treatment from your physician. ...Read more
Herpes simplex: Herpetic lesions form blisters which break down into shallow ulcers that are painful and tender. ...Read more
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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