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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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Can you explain to me the syntoms of herpes & what is the difference between a ingrown hair & herpes?

Can you explain to me the syntoms of herpes & what is the difference between a ingrown hair & herpes?

Look different...: Herpes is caused by a virus and has a very distinct appearance. It looks like tiny red rimmed ulcerations in clusters. It is very painful. Folliculitis occurs in hair follicles. So every place where it hurts there will be a hair follicle. Folliculitis hurts but nothing like herpes. Herpes doesn't have hair follicles coming out of the ulcerations like folliculitis. Best wishes! ...Read more

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How can i tell the difference between herpes and ingrown hair i do have herpes one with the cold sores and stuff?

How can i tell the difference between herpes and ingrown hair i do have herpes one with the cold sores and stuff?

Herpes 1: The difference is based on appearance, pain, and drainage. Herpes tends to be more bubble like in appearance to be very painful and drain clear fluid. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between an ingrown hair and genital herpes?

How can you tell the difference between an ingrown hair and genital herpes?

A doctor examination: These two extremely different problems do not in any way carry similar symptoms. Herpes is painful blisters that ulcerate. Ingrown hair is pus containing acne like lesions. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between a pimple/ingrown hair and a herpes sore?

How can you tell the difference between a pimple/ingrown hair and a herpes sore?

Its difficult: Herpes sores are like craters or blisters which are initially clear then yellow. Pimples are normally red hard, pus filled . Both can be tender. A picture would be helpful. ...Read more

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Reoccurring bump with no head on my lip line. It doesn't hurt but when I pop it a small amount of clear fluid comes out. Ingrown hair or herpes?

Reoccurring bump with no head on my lip line. It doesn't hurt but when I pop it a small amount of clear fluid comes out. Ingrown hair or herpes?

It would be very: unusual for a woman to have an ingrown hair on her lip line. A recurring bump on the lip line sounds more like Herpes Type I, the type that usually affects only the area around the mouth. I don't recommend popping it, It doesn't make it go away sooner and your fingers could be a source of spread to other parts of your body or to someone else. Hope this helps? ...Read more

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How to determine if I have a ingrown hair or a herpes symptom?

Single vs cluster: Usually an ingrown hair is an isolated occurrence, while most often, herpes produces several vesicles. The appearance of the lesions also sometimes can help as herpes are tiny blister-like bubbles full of clear-yellow fluid with redness around them. Ingrown hair often has pus (and hair) inside it, also with redness around it. ...Read more

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I have a pimple but when it pops out its something white then goes away is this herpes or a ingrown hair?

I have a pimple but when it pops out its something white then goes away is this herpes or a ingrown hair?

Pimple: A Whitehead, or closed comedone, has a white sebaceous plug inside. A warm shower will sometimes help it exit the skin. ...Read more

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Hi there I keep getting ingrown hair in the same place on the mon pubis everytime I pull it out a few weeks later it grows back in same spot herpes?

Hi there I keep getting ingrown hair in the same place on the mon pubis everytime I pull it out a few weeks later it grows back in same spot herpes?

Doesn't sound like: It sounds more like the hair follicle has gotten twisted or corkscrew-shaped. Especially if the hair has to grow up from below the skin surface, it can curl up under the surface instead of growing outward. ...Read more

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Does herpes be mistakrb for zit or ingrown hair?

Does herpes be mistakrb for zit or ingrown hair?

Misdiagnosis: Herpes can always be mistaken for another cause. Sometimes the herpes rash can look different at varying stages of infection, hence giving it an uncharacteristic appearance. To be sure, a physician can utilize laboratory testing to confirm or refute the suspected diagnosis. ...Read more

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Genital herpes or just ingrown hair, how can I tell?

Genital herpes or just ingrown hair, how can I tell?

Testing: A herpes viral culture can determine if a rash is due to the herpes virus. A doctor can perform this if there is an active lesion. If there is no active lesion, a blood test can be performed to determine if there are antibodies against any recent or past herpes infection. ...Read more

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Thought I had an ingrown hair on labia it seems to be getting worse is swollen looks like a grouping and really hurts if touched, could it be herpes?

Thought I had an ingrown hair on labia it seems to be getting worse is swollen looks like a grouping and really hurts if touched, could it be herpes?

It could be: Genital lesions must be visualized to determine the cause. What you describe sounds like an infection of some sort. Herpes is one possibility but there are others. Consider seeing an Obgyn or attaching an image in a virtual visit with a Healthtap in your state to narrow down the cause. ...Read more

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Hi I have one spot small pimple like on my mon pubis is it a ingrown hair even though I haven't shaved for awhile or is it herpes?

Hi I have one spot small pimple like on my mon pubis is it a ingrown hair even though I haven't shaved for awhile or is it herpes?

Needs an exam: Lumps, bumps, blisters and other skin abnormalities on the genitals need to be evaluated. An examination will be needed to know the cause and treatment. You could consider an inbox consult on Healthtap today with an image attached and a doctor on Healthtap may be able to provide guidance ...Read more

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Help please? I had a break out of scabby sores! I don't know if it's genital herpes or just a rash or an outbreak from plucking my ingrown hair!?

Help please? I had a break out of scabby sores! I don't know if it's genital herpes or just a rash or an outbreak from plucking my ingrown hair!?

Here are some...: Hi! beliver6zh6, Glad of your inquiry. I do agreed to Dr. Fowler's, that the provided info isn't enough to draw a conclusion. But to solve the mystery behind your symptoms and what you observed and described has not to be hard by following instructions in http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. Best wish... ...Read more

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How can I tell if its herpes or ingrown hair I have a red bump on the top of my vagina. Today I popped it and it was like a popping a black head ?

How can I tell if its herpes or ingrown hair I have a red bump on the top of my vagina. Today I popped it and it was like a popping a black head ?

Ingrown hair: You ask a good question and any painful lump or bump on the vagina warrants examination, however this is more likely an infected hair follicle/ingrown hair/folliculitis given that herpes tends to look like a small, clear, fluid filled blister with red patches. hope that helps. Keep the area clean and dry. ...Read more

Ingrown Hair (Definition)

Hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of ...Read more