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Doctor insights on: How To Tell The Difference From A Follicle And Herpes

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The difference between herpes and hair follicle or a spot from sweat? Painful spot on crease of bum cheek. it's dried up now. I do sweat a lot at gym

The difference between herpes and hair follicle or a spot from sweat? Painful spot on crease of bum cheek. it's dried up now. I do sweat a lot at gym

Probably not herpes: This doesn't sound like herpes. A recurrent herpes outbreak could occur in a skin crease, but it's not typical. And a first herpes outbreak would be at the site of inoculation, i.e. direclty on the genitals, usually with multiple lesions. Finally, deeper lesions typically are folliculitis, pimples, etc (think of them as starting "in" the skin), whereas herpes is superficial ("on" the skin). ...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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Does herpes affect hair follicles on the scalp.

Does herpes affect hair follicles on the scalp.

Antiviral medicine: Dear Faye: skin herpes can certainly affect hair folicles...I would certainly recomend a visit to the dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis and the then start taking the apppropiate anti-viral medicine... ...Read more

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Witch hazel ? I have irritated hair follicles or herpes but I have been using witch hazel to dry up the sores but they never stay dry is that normal ?

Witch hazel ? I have irritated hair follicles or herpes but I have been using witch hazel to dry up the sores but they never stay dry is that normal ?

Yes if herpes: Herpes will have persistent intensely itchy/painful sores that start as blisters, then form ulcers(=sores), which typically last about 10 days or so, then fade away, only to reappear again in same place sometime later. Folliculitis is should disappear with topical astringents (eg. Witch hazel ) and local cleanliness, but may also need antibiotics to eradicate. Not shaving helps too! ...Read more

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Can a herpes out break go away/heal in 5/6 days after being popped or sounds more like acne/blocked hair follicle?

Can a herpes out break go away/heal in 5/6 days after being popped or sounds more like acne/blocked hair follicle?

Need More Info: You have offered 3 suggestions for a diagnosis of what you might have however the information needed to formulate a diagnosis is missing eg. a detailed description, location, duration, associated symptoms such as pain, itch & more. Additionally, diagnosis of skin lesions is challenging without visual inspection. Please re-submit your question or see your doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is the only way to tell the difference between herpes and impetigo with a culture?

Is the only way to tell the difference between herpes and impetigo with a culture?

Herpes simplex: Differentiating this from impetigo should be fairly easy by observation by an experienced clinician. Show this to your doctor. Impetigo is caused by streptococcus pyogenes and staphylococcus aureus and should be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between pimple vs herpes?

How to tell the difference between pimple vs herpes?

Herpes simplex: A "pimple" is generally a raised red area that may be topped with a little spot of pus. A herpetic lesion is generally a blister that opens and reveals a shallow ulcer that is quite tender and painful. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between hemorrhoids vs herpes?

How to tell the difference between hemorrhoids vs herpes?

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

Follicle (Definition)

An ovarian follicle contains a hollow ball of cells with an immature egg in the center. It is a structure within the ovary containing the egg that ...Read more