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Dr. Ed Friedlander
2,095 doctors shared insights

Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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How can I differentiate between a pimple and herpes on my lip?

How can I differentiate between a pimple and herpes on my lip?

Appearance: Herpes/cold sores are clear fluid filled blisters, usually in a small cluster, that are preceded by tingling or burning a day or two prior to the outbreak. A pimple is solitary, and is usually filled with yellow fluid, not clear. ...Read more

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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

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What's the difference between the looks of a pimple to herpes? I'm getting them on my chest and my four head and all over. Red with out white heads

What's the difference between the looks of a pimple to herpes?  I'm getting them on my chest and my four head and all over. Red with out white heads

Mucous membranes: Herpes simplex occurs on mucous membranes. Herpes-zoster occurs on specific areas of skin in a nerve root distribution. Random pimples probably aren't herpes. Herpes lesions always have a blister in the middle of them early in the eruption. Then they crust over. Only way to be sure is to have an examination. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have this red spot forming on my lip and would like to know if it's forming into a pimple a herpes.

I have this red spot forming on my lip and would like to know if it's forming into a pimple a herpes.

It's hard to say: without seeing it. If you have a history of herpes and have medication for it, you would want to start that early. If not, you may need to just wait and see what happens to it in the next 24 hours; you should know by then. Certainly, seeing your own doctor to have it checked would be the way to know. ...Read more

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Woke up with pimple like sore on inner thigh. It had a white head so put bandaid on it and it popped now it has a raised head. Is it pimple or herpes?

Woke up with pimple like sore on inner thigh. It had a white head so put bandaid on it and it popped now it has a raised head. Is it pimple or herpes?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you however your symptoms suggest a pimple. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more