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Does genital herpes and folliculitis look a like?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Christopher Guzik
Dr. Christopher Guzik
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Dr. Joseph De santi
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joseph De santi
Dr. Joseph De santi
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine

In brief: NOTHEY DO NOT LOOK F

Eel the same.

In brief: NOTHEY DO NOT LOOK F

Eel the same.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology

In brief: 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.".

In brief: 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.".
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Ronald De la Pena
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ronald De la Pena
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Dr. John Wales
Emergency Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. John Wales
Dr. John Wales
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