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How can you tell the difference between razor burn and herpes?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
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In brief: Razor Burn & Herpes

Razor burns are initially caused by the act of hair being pushed back into the follicle during the process of shaving.
As a result, the follicles become inflamed and the skin turns red - may develop an ingrown hair and/or larger bumps. Herpes, however, forms small painful blisters. They usually appear as small fluid-filled painful blisters on the skin and mucous membrane of the body.

In brief: Razor Burn & Herpes

Razor burns are initially caused by the act of hair being pushed back into the follicle during the process of shaving.
As a result, the follicles become inflamed and the skin turns red - may develop an ingrown hair and/or larger bumps. Herpes, however, forms small painful blisters. They usually appear as small fluid-filled painful blisters on the skin and mucous membrane of the body.
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