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How can you tell the difference between folliculitis and herpes?
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Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dermatology
In brief: Look & symptoms
Herpes typically is recurrent in the same area, is painful and consists of a cluster of blisters (bumps filled with fluid).
Folliculitis tends to be itchy rather than painful, does not tend to be localized to one area other than being associated with a hair follicle and shows up as a red bump or acne like pustule rather than a blister.

In brief: Look & symptoms
Herpes typically is recurrent in the same area, is painful and consists of a cluster of blisters (bumps filled with fluid).
Folliculitis tends to be itchy rather than painful, does not tend to be localized to one area other than being associated with a hair follicle and shows up as a red bump or acne like pustule rather than a blister.
Dr. HECTOR Franco
Dr. HECTOR Franco
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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