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What's the difference between herpes and tiny boils?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Bacterial vs viral

Boils are bacterial infections of hair follicles, herpes is a viral infection that affects skin among other organs.

In brief: Bacterial vs viral

Boils are bacterial infections of hair follicles, herpes is a viral infection that affects skin among other organs.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Virus vs bacteria

Herpes is caused by virus which can be treated by antivirals such as zovirax (acyclovir).
Boils are caused by bacteria such as staph and strep and are treated by oral or topical antibiotics.Occasionally herpes can become secondarily infected with bacteria superimposed on herpes infection.

In brief: Virus vs bacteria

Herpes is caused by virus which can be treated by antivirals such as zovirax (acyclovir).
Boils are caused by bacteria such as staph and strep and are treated by oral or topical antibiotics.Occasionally herpes can become secondarily infected with bacteria superimposed on herpes infection.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many

Herpes simplex generally does not produce boils.
These are usually caused by bacteria. Herpes may produce small blisters which then unroof and have an underlying shallow ulcer.

In brief: Many

Herpes simplex generally does not produce boils.
These are usually caused by bacteria. Herpes may produce small blisters which then unroof and have an underlying shallow ulcer.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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