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What are the difference between herpes bumps (genital) and

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What are the difference between herpes bumps (genital) and razor bumps. The reason I ask is because I am using a fungal steroid cream to fight a rash on my pelvis/ pubic region. I shaved and the next day there were several red bumps. That was 8-9 days ago and they are still there. THe rash was red, and did not itch or have lesions just burned.The red bumps are singular do not appear to have a head. I got irritated because my waiste band rubs them that I tried popping one. It bled very little and nothing came out (thinking it was an ingrown hair).It appears they are healing. I know they appeared right after I shaved but I am thinking maybe the bumps were going to appear anyways..if that makes sense. So my question is what are the difference between herpes bumps and razor bumps?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.

mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hello,

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

Herpes 'bumps' are actually blisters.

mysticdoc :

They contain clear fluid.

mysticdoc :

Herpes blisters appear in groups not i singles.

mysticdoc :

Herprs bumps are very painful.

mysticdoc :

Razor bumps can be caused by the bacterial infection.

Customer:

Ok

mysticdoc :

They usually look solid or no fluids.

Customer:

I do have 3 or 4 seperate bumps scattered around my pubic area

mysticdoc :

they appear along the use of razor ofcourse

mysticdoc :

yes, this is not herpes.

Customer:

Ok..do you think the rash is making the bumps heal slower

mysticdoc :

the razor bumps are much less painful.

Customer:

I am using the steroid cream..does that have an effect on the bumps

mysticdoc :

you can try applying bacitracin pintment as it treats the bacterial infection.

mysticdoc :

steroid cream reduces the inflammation but does not treat the bacterial infection.

mysticdoc :

Steroid cream may even worsen the infection.

Customer:

Ok what bacteria is this

Customer:

or is that too hard to say online

mysticdoc :

the skin bacteria like staphylococcus.

mysticdoc :

this is the most common one causing infection.

Customer:

ok the red dots are not painful they do not burn

Customer:

so assume they are razor bumps

mysticdoc :

yes exactly.

mysticdoc :

they will go away over time.

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

Customer:

ok..if it was genital herpes..or even oral..how long does it take to have your first outbreak

Customer:

meaning the time you come in contact with the virus to your first outbreak

mysticdoc :

it take one week or even longer.

mysticdoc :

one week is the standard time.

Customer:

2 months?

Customer:

or are you in the "clear" by 2 months

mysticdoc :

sometimes it can take years.

Customer:

ok

Customer:

So to test for herpes..I heard bad things about blood tests..

mysticdoc :

the reason behind this is herpes shos up when your immunity is down or you are under stress provided you got the virus at some pint of time.

mysticdoc :

blood test is not accurate

Customer:

how would I know..that I do not have it

mysticdoc :

herpes is best tested when there is an outbreak.

mysticdoc :

if you never had any outbreak, then there is no definite way to say.

mysticdoc :

the blood tests only suggest any recent or past infection.

mysticdoc :

but it does not tell you if you have the virus or not.

mysticdoc :

hence there is no way to know till you have any outbreak.

Customer:

I have been worrying since May 1 that I may have contracted it and with this rash I got very scared..plus a sinus infection

mysticdoc :

If you have been exposed to herpes and you are certain your partner has it, then you can take the medication to prevent it.

Customer:

I performed oral sex on a girl

mysticdoc :

otherwise, there is no cause for concern.

Customer:

Reckless..

mysticdoc :

but if you do not know if she has it or not, you do not need to worry.

Customer:

So you are saying that I should just relax

mysticdoc :

yes, exactly.

mysticdoc :

there is no point worrying.

Customer:

Some doctors on here told me to take the test just to relax my mind. My own doctor told me the same as you did..and others have agreed with you

Customer:

I am just struggling with it

mysticdoc :

I understand your concern.

mysticdoc :

But you should not be scared as many people do not get it even if they are exposed to.

mysticdoc :

your body fights off most of the time.

mysticdoc :

that is why please relax since you do not have any symptoms.

mysticdoc :

chances are you never got it.

Customer:

I am scared I could pass ito n thoigh

Customer:

If I did get it

mysticdoc :

the same rule applies.

mysticdoc :

if your partner never gets it, then you did not have it.

mysticdoc :

even if your partner has it, does not mean you are the one that gave it.

Customer:

Ok..lets say on May 1 was when I was afraid I contracted it..

Customer:

I meet a new girl start dating and within 2-3 weeks of May 1 we have sex

Customer:

could she get it without me having any signs or anything like that

mysticdoc :

technically yes, she can get it--and she can carry it without any symptoms.

mysticdoc :

so that is why this is a wild goose chase.

mysticdoc :

nobody knows who has it until somebody has some symptoms.

mysticdoc :

now you get the point.

mysticdoc :

I mean it is possible your whole community has the virus without even knowing it!

mysticdoc :

and that is the nature of herpes virus --very elusive

Customer:

I do understand but I am having such a hard time with relaxing and letting it go. I have talked to several experts on here and they all say the same thing really even my own doctor

mysticdoc :

so dont bother chasing it

Customer:

every itch every tingle every bump I examine and stress about

mysticdoc :

also please remember, the current treatment is effective in controlling the outbreak and also transmission.

mysticdoc :

since you have goo knowledge of this infection by now, you should think logically.

mysticdoc :

when in doubt ask your doctor for clinical evaluation.

Customer:

I do have good knowledge of it from this..

mysticdoc :

so this should be comforting for you.

Customer:

Well judging by what you said about the bumps earlier..it does not appear to be herpes

mysticdoc :

no it is not.

Customer:

Ok well thank you a lot

mysticdoc :

very welcome

mysticdoc :

all the best

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Doc about the herpes test. To be clear if I take it and test negative for HSV-1 and 2 then what would that mean. I never came in contact with the virus. Also If I test positive for 1 and not 2 then what would that mean...just so I am clear
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.

If you test negative, that means you have never been exposed to the virus.

if you come positive, that means you had exposure in the recent or distant past. This is does not mean active infection in the absence of symptoms.

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