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Old 02-21-2006, 02:20 PM   #1
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herpes or folliculitis???

its been about 5 months now since the possibility of catching herpes was there for me. I thought I had it up until January, since I kept getting vaginal fissures, consistent itching in the genitals, and abnormal discharge. Then in the middle of January I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginitis, was treated and the vaginal discharge and fissures went away. I also have folliculitis. My main problem is that i still get a couple of little recurring (in the same place) fleshy bumps on the one side of my genitals. At first it's itchy, but then nothing, no pain itching, I would never know they are there if I didn't see it. At first, I thought it was just the folliculitis, but why is it recurring in the same place???! thats what concerning me the most. I had a blood test done at 16 weeks that was negative (IGg test), and I'm sure anti-bodies would be there being that back in october an "initial outbreak" took place, but what the doc said was that the type of lube the guy used on me caused the extremely painful blisters and redness to happen. And the reason why the little bumps on my genitals now concern me is that folliculitis causes pus dont they? Or can they sometimes not?

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Old 02-21-2006, 03:55 PM   #2
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Re: herpes or folliculitis???

okay im embarrassed talking about this but i need to know and i hope someone can help me.... a couple days ago i noticed a lil bump on the top of my penis and the first think that came to mind was a like a lil zit or pimple but ive never had one there before and i dont even know if u can get one there but i actually tried squeezing it a little to see if it would pop or something like a zit n it kinda looked like it but it didnt it jus got red i started lookin on the web for herpe symptoms and things commonly mistaken for herpes and one was ingrown hair follicles or something and i wonder if it could be that or if i have herpes......??????????

Old 04-08-2006, 02:55 PM   #3
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I am wondering if you ever got the answer to this question. I have particular interest here (obviously). Over the last few days, I have felt really awful and finally yesterday I woke up and had some major LIP swelling on one side if you catch my drift and very painful and today I can see a fissure, but only one. Yesterday when I looked in mirror and couldn't see anything so called doc and got right in. She claims I either have folliculitis (bacterial infection) or herpes..and ran a culture for herpes and prescribed cephexlin for me. After reading many posts here, and reading up on both herpes and folliculitis, they both have alot of the same symptoms, although I have not had any leg pain. What's perplexing to me is that I haven't had sex in nearly 10 months and before that it was a few years, nor have I ever had a breakout like this ever before, although it would seem strange to get folliculitis on a spot where hair doesnt grow??!! I DO normally shave and I'm just wondering if you ever figured this out!

In order for me to have herpes...can I have carried this virus for years upon years without ever having an OB? I have been under a great deal of stress lately but I've never experienced anything like this and any feedback is appreciated.

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Old 12-14-2006, 12:10 PM   #4
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Re: herpes or folliculitis???

I can't believe you have not received an answer for this. What good is the forum if we can't get our questions answered? Or at least addressed? Over a year ago I thought I had gotten a couple of insect bites on the back of my neck at the hair line. I picked at them and they spread and bled. They never really itched, but knowing they were there made me pick at them. A little OCD going on. I've been to 3 different dermatologists and received 3 different diagnoses. Two of them were from doctors in the same office. First I was diagnosed with Seborrheic keratosis then neurodermatitis and now Folliculitis. Last week I had a blood test for the stand STD's and I came back positive for Herpes (genital). Now I discover that there is a correlation between Herpes and folliculitis. I haven't told the dermatologist yet. I also read today, which scared the hell out of me that " Cutaneous manifestations of AIDS include Kaposi's sarcoma, chronic genital herpes simplex, herpes zoster, mucocutaneous candidiasis, fungal infection, pyoderma and seborrhoeic dermatitis. We have consistently seen distinctive patterns of skin disease in male homosexuals with AIDS, PGLS and in a high-risk group who initially had neither condition. The prevalence of skin disease was assessed in nine patients with AIDS, 15 with PGLS, four in the high-risk group and in 40 male homosexual patients acting as controls."

All I know is I have to find a 'specialist' because I can't believe these dermatologists. They are so full of themselves, they never even did a biopsy of the skin to see what they could find out.

Scary, isn't it? I hope yours turned out to be nothing to worry about.

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