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Dr. Vance Harris
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How I can differentiate genital folliculitis from genital herpes?

Dr. Vance Harris
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How I can differentiate genital folliculitis from genital herpes?

Clear fluid: Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle and there will be small pustules or redness around the hair follicles. Herpes is not just around the hair follicles and usually is a small blister filled with clear fluid and a surrounding red base. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bauerschmidt
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Folliculitis (Definition)

Folliculitis is a condition in which one or more hair follicles are swollen. It can occur anywhere on the skin, and usually occurs when the hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, shaving, or blockage of the follicle, and a bacterial infection may follow. Common symptoms may include a rash, itching, and ...Read more


Dr. Robert Kwok
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How do you tell the difference between folliculitis and genital herpes?

Dr. Robert Kwok
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Doctor can evaluate: Folliculitis usually affects a larger area of skin than the small spot that a herpes sore affects. Folliculitis is tiny pustules where the hair follicles are. Herpes makes tiny blisters, in a cluster, very close together. Herpes blisters (vesicles) break open with some clear or yellowish fluid, not pus like in folliculitis. A doctor can evaluate and tell the difference. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Fleishman
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I have small tiny bumps near my vagina and around my butt is it genital herpes or folliculitis? What is the difference please help

Dr. Kevin Fleishman
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I have small tiny bumps near my vagina and around my butt  is it genital herpes or folliculitis? What is the difference please help

Likely folliculitis: Herpes usually is very tender ulcers with swollen glands and often is not symmetric and occurs on one side, folliculitis is more like small pimples on areas where hair grows. If you think it is herpes then see your gyn for DX and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
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Does genital herpes and folliculitis look a like?

Dr. Christopher Guzik
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Does genital herpes and folliculitis look a like?

Yes and no: At the beginning they may look alike. Genital herpes will often cluster and form a group of fluid filled vesicles. Folliculitis will form small pus bumps around each hair follicle. ...Read more

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Dr. Vance Harris
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How I can differentiate genital folliculitis from genital herpes?

Dr. Vance Harris
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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Clear fluid: Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle and there will be small pustules or redness around the hair follicles. Herpes is not just around the hair follicles and usually is a small blister filled with clear fluid and a surrounding red base. ...Read more

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What are signs of genital herpes vs folliculitis?

Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
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Sx hsv 2: Symptoms could include dysuria, tingling and burning, with or without eruption of blisters, or painful ulcerations. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Patterson
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Doctor said I have folliculitis. I say genital herpes. I'm paranoid and they never bother testing me and gave me cream to put don't know what to do. ?

Dr. Alan Patterson
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Doctor said I have folliculitis. I say genital herpes. I'm paranoid and they never bother testing me and gave me cream to put don't know what to do. ?

Do a herpes culture: Culture of the lesions, if the culture is + , it means herpes, if it is negative, it does not necessarily mean you do not have herpes , but, then you can do blood herpes antibodies for type 1 and type 2 , if the antibodies are + and you have never had a cold sore then most likely the lesions are herpes, go for a second opinion to a different doctor if you are worried. ...Read more

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Dr. Henry Ng
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Is getting folliculitis as bad as genital herpes? They look a like. My doctor tells me I got folliculitis but it looks like blisters.It stings to pee

Dr. Henry Ng
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Is getting folliculitis as bad as genital herpes? They look a like. My doctor tells me I got folliculitis but it looks like blisters.It stings to pee

Different condition: Folliculitis is a bacterial infection of skin's hair structures and can be cured with antibiotics. Genital herpes, on the other hand, is a viral infection with HSV which can be treated with antiviral medication, but cannot be cured. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gallant
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What is the difference between oral and genital herpes?

Dr. Joel Gallant
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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What is the difference between oral and genital herpes?

HSV-1 vs. HSV-2: Oral is on the lips, usually caused by hsv-1. Genital is on the genitals, usually caused by hsv-2. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bryan
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I want to know what is the difference between genital herpes and a cyst?

Dr. Michael Bryan
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I want to know what is the difference between genital herpes and a cyst?

Herpes vs Cyst: Herpes is usually an open tender sore on top of the skin, whereas a cyst is a type of clogged pore--a bump under the skin. Let your doctor take a quick look. It should be very easy to tell the difference for her or him. ...Read more

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Dr. David Kurss
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Genital Herpes (Definition)

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted viral infection. Individuals with genital herpes have a different signs and symptoms, ranging from having none at all to having blisters around the area of their genitals and anus. There is no cure for genital herpes, but there is treatment to shorten ...Read more


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