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How to tell the difference between pimple vs herpes?

How to tell the difference between pimple vs herpes?

Herpes simplex: A "pimple" is generally a raised red area that may be topped with a little spot of pus. A herpetic lesion is generally a blister that opens and reveals a shallow ulcer that is quite tender and painful. ...Read more

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 pop a herpes pimple?

Can you pop a herpes pimple?

Please DO NOT do: That - it is teaming with herpes simplex virus - popping it will spread the infectious material. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have herpes or a pimple?

How do I know if I have herpes or a pimple?

Pain: Typically herpes starts with pain first, then you get the "pimple".
Sometimes it is difficult to tell, and the only for sure way would be to have the fluid from the "pimple"cultured by a doctor. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have herpes or just a pimple?

How do I know if I have herpes or just a pimple?

Visit your dentist: Normally herpetic lesions develop in the same area every single time they appear, best way will be to visit your dentist for a consult and he will give you a prescription for the herpes that will help with the pain, lenght of time and severity. ...Read more

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How can you tell difference between herpes and just a pimple?

How can you tell difference between herpes and just a pimple?

Herpes simplex: Herpetic lesions form blisters which break down into shallow ulcers that are painful and tender. ...Read more

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Can you pop herpes like a pimple? And if so should stuff (white stuff) come out of it?

Can you pop herpes like a pimple? And if so should stuff (white stuff) come out of it?

Herpesvirus: Don't touch as you can spread it. If not sure what you have get examination. ...Read more

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I don't have herpes I've been tested 3 times and 2 of the times were in the last two months I am neg for herpes but have little white dots not pimple?

I don't have herpes I've been tested 3 times and 2 of the times were in the last two months I am neg for herpes but have little white dots not pimple?

Fordyce's spots: Is likely what you have. There are other benign "little white dots not pimple" conditions that can be seen on the genitalia. You did not mention if these are on the shaft, glans, scrotum, etc. Important to rule our other std's such as hpv (genital warts). ...Read more

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Pimple on the hood of the clitoris. Is this herpes?

Pimple on the hood of the clitoris. Is this herpes?

blocked sebacious: It is most probabely not herpes, it may be a blocked sebacious gland or a cyst. Wash with warm water when you take a bath and if it persists see your gynecologist or family doctor
herpes infection causes painful fluid filled lesion.
If you want to be sure what it is have it checked. ...Read more

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How are pimple and oral herpes different?

How are pimple and oral herpes different?

Bacteria v Virus: Pimples are caused by bacterial overgrowth within a follicle while herpes breakouts are caused by viral activation of the herpes virus. ...Read more

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Small pimple on foreskin that was itchy for a day now it's not wondering if I have herpes or not?

Small pimple on foreskin that was itchy for a day now it's not wondering if I have herpes or not?

Not impossible: Sounds like you should use condoms until that "pimple" either gets friends (=herpes), or goes away (=still "might" be herpes, but less likely). As "the gift that keeps on giving, " if you've got it, you will see it flare up again. Could / should / ought to get checked @ std clinic / your dr / urgent care to be sure isn't herpes and check for anything else. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that herpes sores are itch less/painless, only have pimple looking bumps not clear fluid filled sores? What are the symptoms?

Herpes simplex: This does not sound as if they were likely to have been caused by infection with this virus, but without seeing them cannot really comment on their probable cause. ...Read more

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Can you have a pimple on your lip not herpes?

Absolutely: Pimples in the follicles around the lips happen commonly. They typically appear like a blackhead or pus bump involving one follicle. Cold sores tend to be it occur with a cluster of tiny blister (vesicles) that are filled with clear fluid. ...Read more

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Does herpes look like pimples?

Does herpes look like pimples?

Blisters: More like small bumps pr blisters with clear fluid, on top of red skin. There's usually no pus. ...Read more

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I have some red almost pimple like bumps on my pubic are, what are the chances that it is herpes?

I have some red almost pimple like bumps on my pubic are, what are the chances that it is herpes?

See derm: This is probably folliculitis or hidradenitis which have to do with abnormal hair follicles and apocrine sweat glands. ...Read more

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I get a little tender pimple close to my rectum on the left side sometisometimes. Does this means herpes?

I get a little tender pimple close to my rectum on the left side sometisometimes. Does this means herpes?

Not necessarily: Herpes would recur but might be more painful. I would suggest topical ointment if no relief have it examined by you physician. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not know if I have herpes, they look like pimples and what to do if I do not know what to do please help.?

What to do if I do not know if I have herpes, they look like pimples and what to do if I do not know what to do please help.?

Herpes: Blood testing is now the only best standard for herpes testing. Cultures are notoriously inadequate. Her press lesions are blisters. They are not pimples. ...Read more

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I have a pimple like bump with a white head. It seemed to look different with in minutes after taking a shower. Could this be herpes or just a pimple?

I have a pimple like bump with a white head. It seemed to look different with in minutes after taking a shower. Could this be herpes or just a pimple?

Pimple: Where is the bump? Is it full of fluid or is it firm? Does it recur in the same place? Herpes occurs in clusters at point of contact (oral or genital) or along nerves (dermatomal). When you take a shower, you are changing your body temperature temporarily which alters the blood supply & color of the skin. Your bump is most likely an acne comedone (whitehead). Your pcp can help diagnose it better. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more