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Would you be comfortable taking a picture of this boil?
Thank you for the photograph. This just look like Folliculitis - which is an infection of the hair follicles caused by Staph. Staph can cause blisters as well - something known as Bullous Impetigo and though the blisters are usually quite large and easily distinguished from Herpes, there can be confusion between the two sometimes. Lots of people test positive for Herpes antibodies in their blood without ever actually getting a Herpes outbreak (though such an outbreak can occur at any point in life for antibody positive people).
Folliculitis responds fastest to a 5 day course of an oral antibiotic like Dicloxacillin 500 mg three times a day along with 2% Mupirocin cream twice a day for 7 days. Your doctor will be able to prescribe these for you. Also an oral anti-inflammatory like Advil 400 mg should be started once or twice a day depending on the severity of the pain or burning. You should be fine in 5-7 days once treatment is started.
You can also use an antibacterial soap like Dial for bathing for a few weeks to prevent a recurrence.
If you cannot see a doctor then apply Bacitracin ointment twice a day on the bumps, bathe with Dial Antibacterial soap and take Tablet Advil 400 mg twice a day after meals. All of these are available over the counter without a prescription.
Please feel free to ask if you have any queries. I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek.
Chicken pox is caused by a different virus (varicella virus) and not the herpes virus so they aren't related.
Yes it possible the blisters were Bullous Impetigo but culture for herpes is not very sensitive - as in it may be negative despite the blisters being herpes.
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