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Hello, I need help to differentiate a skin allergy or infection from herpes. I have itchy pustules with red base on the thighs and belly button?

Hello, I need help to differentiate a skin allergy or infection from herpes. I have itchy pustules with red base on the thighs and belly button?

Folliculitis?: Herpes typically presents as a cluster of vesicles (filled with clear fluid that eventually scab over). A first episode can be more extensive and sore, but thighs and belly button sounds more like folliculitis. Folliculitis is a bacterial infection of the follicles. See your dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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A pustule is a pimple-like lesion that is filled with pus, a white/yellow mixture of white ...Read more


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Itchy red pustules on scalp after going to hair salon 6 yrs ago.Now all over body except face.Allergy or follicultis.Allergy meds & prednisone no help?

Itchy red pustules on scalp after going to hair salon 6 yrs ago.Now all over body except face.Allergy or follicultis.Allergy meds & prednisone no help?

Need to be seen: I recommend seeing a physician soon. The possibilities are many and include everything from atopy to neuroexcoriations to scabies. ...Read more

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Got bit.1st looked like a flea bite then got itchy & bright red.It formed a pustule &now has spread & bigger- it has a white ring around it-what is it?

Got bit.1st looked like a flea bite then got itchy & bright red.It formed a pustule &now has spread & bigger- it has a white ring around it-what is it?

Staph infection: You have a very serious bacterial infection called MRSA. Please go see your physician urgently. This can be very serious. ...Read more

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Red, itchy rash on thigh-2 months. 2 different prescribed steroids failed. Now it's painful w/pustules. Thoughts?

Red, itchy rash on thigh-2 months. 2 different prescribed steroids failed. Now it's painful w/pustules. Thoughts?

See a specialist: Painful pustules that are painful need to be taken seriously. There are several diseases that can present with pustules. Actually, any rash that stays in one place for more than 24 hours needs to be addressed. See a dermatologist first, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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I've had a red, itchy rash (thigh) for two months. 2 prescribed steroids-no relief. It's now painful and red with little pustules. Thoughts?

I've had a red, itchy rash (thigh) for two months. 2 prescribed steroids-no relief. It's now painful and red with little pustules. Thoughts?

Folliculitis: This can be from inflammation around the hair follicles and may need a combination of antibiotics and topical medications to treat, see a dermatologist ...Read more

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Rash starts with white pustule, evolves into itchy cigarette burn style rash. Had it for years on back and legs?

Rash starts with white pustule, evolves into itchy cigarette burn style rash. Had it for years on back and legs?

Sounds like Impetigo: This sounds like impetigo, a bacterial infection of the skin caused by staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus pyogenes. Have your doctor culture a lesion and inside your nose. If a culture is positive topical treatment and decolonization would be indicated. ...Read more

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Throat swollen, huge nodes and pustules all over. Was very itchy before I broke out. ? Staph. I am a carrier and have grown out some strange cultures.

Throat swollen, huge nodes and pustules all over. Was very itchy before I broke out. ? Staph. I am a carrier and have grown out some strange cultures.

Get a throat culture: There are lots of bacterial infections in the throat nowadays, not just strep, so I would recommend a throat culture and rapid strep test to get a positive ID on what is causing your infection. The doctor can also order a "sensitivity" with the culture to show what antibiotics the bacteria is sensitive to and which ones it is resistant to so that you get the proper antibiotic. ...Read more

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I'm 23 weeks pregnant with my fifth child. I have an itchy red rash on my buttocks. Red raised, no blisters or pustules. What should I do?

I'm 23 weeks pregnant with my fifth child. I have an itchy red rash on my buttocks. Red raised, no blisters or pustules. What should I do?

Try hydrocortisone: It the rash looks like an even red throughout then it is most likely in the eczema family and 2.5% Hydrocortisone cream should help. If the rash appears to be clearing in the middle then you may have a fungal infection so i would rub Lamisil cream into rash with the hydrocortisone. ...Read more

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