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Is this herpes? What is it?

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Is this herpes? What is it?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
let me know if you need more info. no itch right now
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I know I have HSV 1, which shows up on blood tests, but I've never had any genital outbreaks. I've also had folliculitis (sp?) before, but that's just a bacterial infection. Also I have a steady girfriend who I've been with the past 6 months and she doesn't have anything I'm aware of.
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for asking your question and having the foresight to send pictures. Did this have a different appearance earlier. That is, did you have small water blisters or pus pimples?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No, none of what you mention. I just noticed this today. No real irritation. I shave down there (and have for a while) so maybe that played a role...
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 2 years ago.

Fortunately, I cannot make the diagnosis of HSV on the basis of these pictures. This looks like an area of irritation. Nothing more. I would recommend Cortizone 10 ointment, applied three times a day. I am quite sure the problem will resolve with this.

Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 2 years ago.

Please feel free to ask further questions.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Expert:  dermdoc19 replied 2 years ago.

Very welcome.