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Ingrown Hair (Definition)

Our hair follicles are meant to erupt and to grow straight out of the skin. Often, a hair may turn into the channel out of which it should grow, and penetrates the skin, causing swelling and irritation. This may happen because of blockage or with very curly hair. These are not always a problem unless the hair does not erupt and then possibly leads to infection ...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?

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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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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Could herpes look like ingrown hair?

Herpes simplex: Very unlikely to look like an ingrown hair. ...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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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.

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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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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