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Doctor insights on: What Can Be Mistaken For Herpes

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What can be mistaken for herpes?

What can be mistaken for herpes?

Other single rashes: Herpes blisters don't look like any other rash when they are at a single location. The reddish spot that comes before the blisters may look like an early pimple trying to form. The scab that comes after the blisters may look like an old pimple trying to heal. If unsure of the diagnosis, one can just do a blood test to look for herpes antibodies. ...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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Things that can be mistaken for herpes.

Things that can be mistaken for herpes.

Pimples, boils,: allergic contact dermatitis, staph infection, other kinds of infection, bites....to name a few ...Read more

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Can you get a false positive herpes test if it's by swob? Should you get a blood test to know for a fact? And can folliculitis be mistaken for herpes?

Can you get a false positive herpes test if it's by swob? Should you get a blood test to know for a fact? And can folliculitis be mistaken for herpes?

False pos very rare: False positive tests for herpes simplex virus (HSV) (culture or PCR) are extremely rare and you probably don't need a blood test. However, a blood test still may be useful, e.g. to help tell new herpes from a recurrent outbreak, or if for some reason the virus type (HSV1 or 2) wasn't determined from the swab test. Folliculitis and herpes can be confused, but rarely by an experienced clinician. ...Read more

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Can a bad chlamydia infection be mistaken for herpes?

Can a bad chlamydia infection be mistaken for herpes?

Usually not.: Symptoms for both these infections are quite different. ...Read more

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Can follculitis be mistaken for herpes ? If it's on the vagina on the labia?

Can follculitis be mistaken for herpes ? If it's on the vagina on the labia?

Possible: It's possible, but if it's in the labia minora (smaller lips) or inside towards the vagina, there are no hair follicles here, so it's not likely to be folliculitis. ...Read more

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Can herpes be mistaken for something else?

Can herpes be mistaken for something else?

Yes: Even a yeast infection could seem like a herpes outbreak and vice versa. The classical presentation of herpes starts as blisters on the skin. The blisters are quite painful, they eventually rupture and the base of each blister becomes and ulcer that is also exquisitely painful. The ulcers heal with no scarring and the pain resolves as they heal. ...Read more

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Can herpes get mistaken for warts?

Can herpes get mistaken for warts?

NOT REALLY: The appearance is different . One is bumpy, raised the other is like vesicle that brakes and may be like a shallow ulcer. ...Read more