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.
Rationalizing Rashes. Folliculitis is a pustular inflammatory reaction in a hair follicle with bacterial invasion secondary to microtrauma or glandular hyperactivity, such as that seen with shaving or acne. Genital herpes is viral and blister-like involving more than just the follicle, but can become secondarily infected with bacteria and could appear like a folliculitis. A physician exam will help distinguish them.
They can be similar. Genital herpes can present as vesicles, pustules, or erythemetous (red) ulcers that are painful. Folliculitis is an infection of staph. Aureus that can present as domed, yellow pustules with a narrow red margin.
Genital herpes. Signs of genital herpes tend to develop within three to seven days of skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Genital herpes infections look like small blisters or ulcers (round areas of broken skin) on the genitals. Each blister or ulcer is typically only 1 to 3 millimeters (1/32 inch to 1/8th inch) in size, and the blisters or ulcers tend to be grouped into "crops.".
Sometimes. Herpes is the "great imitator" and may be confused for folliculitis or other skin changes. Any genital lesion should be presented to a physician for evaluation.
No. Folliculitis tends to focused around base of hair follicles - in many cases after shaving closely. Genital herpes can start with small blisters - not centered around hair follicles - can progress to shallow, painful ulcerations. Each requires different treatment.

Related Questions

How do you tell the difference between folliculitis and genital herpes?

Location. Genital herpes usually on penis, scrotum, vulva, pubic area or sometimes, groin. They are small grouped blisters. Folliculitis, by definition, developed around hair follicles. So it can be on body, face, arms, legs, etc. It rarely appears in genitalia unless there are hairy and thus having follicles. Besides, they are pustular, red bumps. Read more...
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...

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...

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...
Not really. Unlike gebital herpes, this is self-limited. It resolves on its own, but topical antiseptics and topical or systemic antibiotics can speed up resolution. Read more...
Do a herpes culture. And do blood antibody testing. Both can cause pain and burning with urination, but the causes are different. Folliculitis is usually from a bacteria, herpes is from teh herpes virus, type 1 or 2. Folliculitis is not an std. Herpes is an std. Read more...

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...
Basic issue. If you don't trust your doc & find his/her attitude dismissive of your concern you should get a 2nd opinion.Primary & secondary herpes lesions are simple to diagnose by visual exam as is folliculitis. There are some tests that can be done if the findings are not clear, but usually unnecessary. If you value your conclusion more than the docs, it will take more proof to confirm or exclude that label. Read more...