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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

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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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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What's the difference between herpes and folliculitis?

What's 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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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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Is folliculitis or herpes more likely on haired area?

Is folliculitis or herpes more likely on haired area?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis is an infection in the hair follicles. Each hair on your body grows out of a tiny pouch called a follicle. You can have folliculitis on any part of your body that has hair. But it is most common on the face and scalp and areas rubbed by clothing, such as the thighs and groin. ...Read more

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Doc said folliculitis but I think herpes--am I just being paranoid?

Would believe Doc: Most competent physicians can easily tell the difference between herpes and folliculitis. If, however, you are not convinced, get a second opinion. Doubt you are paranoid, but perhaps skeptical. ...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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Can genital folliculitis be present on my penis? Or is that more typical of herpes

Can genital folliculitis be present on my penis? Or is that more typical of herpes

More typical of herp: If you provide DETAILS a better answer will be possible. How long? Recurrent? EXACT APPEARANCE AND LOCATION. ...Read more

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Can you get a false positive herpes test if it's by swob? Should you get a blood test to know for a fact? And can folliculitis be mistaken for herpes?

Can you get a false positive herpes test if it's by swob? Should you get a blood test to know for a fact? And can folliculitis be mistaken for herpes?

False pos very rare: False positive tests for herpes simplex virus (HSV) (culture or PCR) are extremely rare and you probably don't need a blood test. However, a blood test still may be useful, e.g. to help tell new herpes from a recurrent outbreak, or if for some reason the virus type (HSV1 or 2) wasn't determined from the swab test. Folliculitis and herpes can be confused, but rarely by an experienced clinician. ...Read more

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Does hot tub folliculitis in the groin look and act like herpes?

Not really: Herpes lesions typically resemble blisters that rupture, form shallow ulcers, then heal with scab formation. Herpes lesions are painful. Hot tub folliculitis usually involves large surfaces of the body, and looks like red bumps and/ or pustules. There are no ulcers ...Read more

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Had sex yesterday&I already have folliculitis but today different kind of pimples popped up. Small, not clustered, white pus, popped easy. Herpes? Sweat?

Had sex yesterday&I already have folliculitis but today different kind of pimples popped up. Small, not clustered, white pus, popped easy. Herpes? Sweat?

Miliaria?: No STD can cause symptoms in less than a day. If not much inflammation (redness, etc), your suspicion of miliaria (blocked sweat pores) sounds like a good bet. But see a doctor if persists or you remain concerned. ...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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What are symptoms of cellulitis? How do you tell the difference between cellulitis and folliculitis?

What are symptoms of cellulitis? How do you tell the difference between cellulitis and folliculitis?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender). It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong. ...Read more

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What is hidradenitis and how can you tell the difference between folliculitis and hidradenitis by physical observation?

Hidradenitis: Considered a severe form of acne (acne inversa), hidradenitis suppurativa occurs deep in the skin around oil (sebaceous) glands and hair follicles. The parts of the body affected — the groin and armpits, for example — are also the main locations of apocrine sweat glands. ...Read more

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Can a doctor easily tell the difference between syphilis and folliculitis just by looking at it?

Can a doctor easily tell the difference between syphilis and folliculitis just by looking at it?

Diagnosis: Folliculitis has characteristic physical exam finding and likely would not be confused for syphillis. However, the rash of syphillis mimics many other diseases and conceivably could be confused for folliculitis. Blood testing is the best way to get a final diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have herpes and I'm on Valtrex (valacyclovir) suppressive therapy 500mg 1x per day. After shaving I get a red rash is it an ob or folliculitus how can I tell?

I have herpes and I'm on Valtrex (valacyclovir) suppressive therapy 500mg 1x per day. After shaving I get a red rash is it an ob or folliculitus how can I tell?

Probably folliculiti: Since you notice it right after shaving, I would think it is folliculitis. However, the irritation effect of the razor can allow herpes to grow. You might get it checked out and then you wouldn't have to worry. ...Read more

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I have herpes and currently take 500 mg Valtrex (valacyclovir) once a day. I shaved my pubic area and I have red bumps. Is it an ob or folliculitus? How can I tell?

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I have herpes and currently take 500 mg Valtrex (valacyclovir) once a day. I shaved my pubic area and I have red bumps. Is it an ob or folliculitus? How can I tell?

Exam: It's probably folliculitis if the bumps are red and are where you shave. Try waxing to avoid this. Do you remember what your last outbreak looked and felt like? It should be painful and some people have prodromal symptoms such as tingling before lesions show up. You can have your doctor take a look if you're not sure. Take care. ...Read more

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What's the difference between acne and a folliculitis pustule?

What's the difference between acne and a folliculitis pustule?

Types of acne: Acne can be whiteheads, blackheads, papules (red bumps), pustules (like the folliculitis pustule) and or cystic deep acne. Folliculitis is just a hair follicle that is infected and pustule means that particular follicle also had pus. So this is just a form of acne. ...Read more

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What is the difference between keloidalis nuchae (folliculitis) andl acne vulgaris?

What is the difference between keloidalis nuchae (folliculitis) andl acne vulgaris?

Keloidalis Nuchae: Keloidalis nuchae is a destructive scarring folliculitis that occurs exclusively on the occipital scalp and posterior neck and affecting mostly african american men aged 13-25 years. Acne vulgaris is a common skin disease characterized by inflammatory lesions called zits with redness, swelling, pain, and white pus. Antibiotics used in keloidalis nuchae differ from ones used in acne vulgaris. ...Read more

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Can folliculitis or acne on the scalp cause hair loss? Is there a difference between them? The only thing they respond to is 10% benzoyl peroxide.

Can folliculitis or acne on the scalp cause hair loss? Is there a difference between them? The only thing they respond to is 10% benzoyl peroxide.

Folliculitis/acne: folliculitis and acne may both become infected by bacterial contamination. The benzoyl peroxide will help for acne; however, the folliculitis may require both antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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Does sprinolactone treat folliculitus I also have a fungas on my skin as well as hormone issues I'm starting to think I have herpes?

Does sprinolactone treat folliculitus I also have a fungas on my skin as well as hormone issues I'm starting to think I have herpes?

Spironolactone: Spironolactone does not treat folliculitis, however it could have an indirect effect because it can act as an anti androgen. Androgens, such as testosterone can exacerbate acne and folliculitis. Normally topical therapy and internal antibiotics treat folliculitis. ...Read more

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4 bumps on my buttox and bikini line. Doctor did a visual inspection and said I have folliculits and skin lesion. Google shows herpes looks similar?

4 bumps on my buttox and bikini line. Doctor did a visual inspection and said I have folliculits and skin lesion. Google shows herpes looks similar?

Go with doctor: Your doctor who examined you is in much position to address the issue than any one of us who have not seen you. Avoid shaving the area as that may encourage in-grown hair.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have a singular white spot on my labia majora that seems to be 'leaking' white pus-like fluid when squeezed. Is this likely folliculitus or herpes?

Folliculitis: It is more likely to be folliculitis than herpes. Please wash your parts with soap and water frequently to prevent other hair follicles from getting infected. If the discharge does not stop in a week or so, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Inflammation of outside of vagina and anus for a month with red bumps similar to folluculitis. Neg for yeast, herpes. What could illnesses could it be?

Inflammation of outside of vagina and anus for a month with red bumps similar to folluculitis. Neg for yeast, herpes. What could illnesses could it be?

Follow up: You need to follow up with your gynecologist. You might need a biopsy. It still could be an external fungal (yeast) infection. When it gets in the skin on the outside, it's a lot harder to get rid of. It often takes a prolonged treatment with antifungal medication, sometimes in combination with a steroid. ...Read more

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What are the differences between psoriasis, eczema, and seborrheic folliculitis?

Skin conditions: Really should check out the american academy of dermatology for in-depth description. Briefly, psoriasis tends to be an autoimmune disease. Eczema tends to be an allergic disease. Seborrheic dermatitis is thought to be due to a combination of an over production of skin oil and irritation from a yeast called malassezia. ...Read more

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Can pityrosporum folliculitis be treated with a low dose of Accutane? I have tried antifungal pills. It made a big difference but still not cured.

Pityrosporum folliculitis: Treatment of pityrosporum folliculitis, must deal with both the yeast overgrowth and any predisposing factors, otherwise the condition will recur. Unfortunately we often either do not know, or cannot correct, all the factors that make one susceptible so the condition has a tendency to return once the anti-yeast treatment is stopped. Isotretinoin is not indicated for tx of this condition. ...Read more

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Folliculitis (Definition)

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 ...Read more