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How can I tell the difference between genital herpes or pilar blisters?

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Dr. Henry Garcia
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: HSV and pilar cysts

The difference is that HSV blisters are painful, located on the skin and will be present during the outbreak and then the blisters will disappear completely once the outbreak has resolved.
Pilar cysts are firm, slow growing subcutaneous nodules that do not spontaneously disappear. They are painless, unless they become infected and are most commonly located on the scalp

In brief: HSV and pilar cysts

The difference is that HSV blisters are painful, located on the skin and will be present during the outbreak and then the blisters will disappear completely once the outbreak has resolved.
Pilar cysts are firm, slow growing subcutaneous nodules that do not spontaneously disappear. They are painless, unless they become infected and are most commonly located on the scalp
Dr. Henry Garcia
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