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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

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 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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Reducing Ingrown Hairs (Checklist)

Change razors frequently
Monthly
Gently remove ingrown hairs with a needle before they become trapped
Once
See a dermatologist for topical and/or oral antibacterials if needed
Once
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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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Reducing Ingrown Hairs (Checklist)

Bathe or shower with only soap and water
10 Min, Once, forever
Scrub commonly affected areas with a loofah
5 Sec, Daily for 2 weeks
Allow hair to grow out in areas you shave
Once
Wear clothing that does not cause irritation
Once
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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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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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Reducing Ingrown Hairs (Checklist)

If you shave, use a good sharp razor
Once
Always use shaving cream when you shave
Once
Consider laser hair removal
Once
Avoid tight, non-breathable undergarments
Once

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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