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Dr. Maritza Baez
Board Certified, Family Medicine
12 years in practice
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I constantly get scared I have contracted herpes but it is impossible to tell if an ingrown hair is herpes or just an ingrown.. What is the difference?

Dr. Maritza Baez
Board Certified, Family Medicine
12 years in practice
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I constantly get scared I have contracted herpes but it is impossible to tell if an ingrown hair is herpes or just an ingrown.. What is the difference?

A few: Herpes is usually tiny blisters with clear fluid with a red base. See your doctor to get tested to know for sure. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Sean Darcy
Board Certified, Aesthetic Medicine
14 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Sean Darcy
Board Certified, Aesthetic Medicine
14 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
327M people helped
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How can you tell the difference between an ingrown hair and genital herpes?

Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
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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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Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
Board Certified, Urgent Care
14 years in practice
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How can you tell the difference between a pimple/ingrown hair and a herpes sore?

Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim
Board Certified, Urgent Care
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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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Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
19 years in practice
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How to determine if I have a ingrown hair or a herpes symptom?

Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
19 years in practice
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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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Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
51 years in practice
103M people helped
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Could herpes look like ingrown hair?

Dr. Martin Raff
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
51 years in practice
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Herpes simplex: Very unlikely to look like an ingrown hair. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Board Certified, Pediatrics
53 years in practice
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Dr. Tara Passow
Board Certified, Dermatology
35 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Tara Passow
Board Certified, Dermatology
35 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Laurel Walton
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
30 years in practice
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I noticed bumps with hair growing out of and around them. Can they be herpes? P.S. Before I was sexually active I commonly got ingrown hair bumps.

Dr. Laurel Walton
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
30 years in practice
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Unlikely: Herper is a virus that usual gives a pin like sensation then breaks out in tiny little blisters ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
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When I go get checked for herpes am I better off shaving? I usually do and I also think It might be an ingrown hair, what's best for the doctor?

Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
327M people helped

Leave it be: Go as you are. The doctor is trained to examine and diagnose. ...Read more

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