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Hi Dr Ashori here. Could you send me some images so I can take a look and see what these bumps could be?
Are they painful at all? And have you ever had them before? Do they keep coming back or is this the first time you got them?
At first I was suspecting genital herpes which can happen in the rectal or vaginal area. But if that was the case you would have severe pain. The other thing it could be is what we call folliculitis.
How long have you had them for?
Most likely it's folliculitis, it's an infection of the hair follicle, it can take a few days to fully resolve. But it isn't anything serious.
Have you been with a new partner where you might be worried about exposure to an STD such as herpes? It doesn't fully look like herpes but I just want to be sure.
I would give this a few days and see how it changes, I suspect the blisters will heal over and it should be fine.
If they are painful then when you touch the blisters it would be really sensitive to the touch. There would be pain when sitting down or putting on underwear. Anything like that?
That's good that you never had them before, so it's unlikely to be herpes or anything like an STD. It's likely a mild hair follicle infection. It should resolve on its own fine.
If it's not painful then hepes is quite unlikely, I wouldn't be worried about that.
You would be a in a lot of pain, those blisters would be terribly painful and the whole rectal/buttock area would be really painful and sensitive.
So I wouldn't worry about and STD.
The diarrhea could be from being stressed out. But the diarrhea wouldn't have much to do with this, unless you had to wipe more which I suppose could increase your chance of getting an infection there. But the infection would resolve fine on its own.
That's normal, it can take time for them to resolve and the red one could have taken some time to develop and resolve.
Doesn't have to be related to shaving. And if you don't have sex in that area then I'm not worried at all about an STD.
Probably just a mild hair follicle infection. Even if you don't shave there you have hair follicles which can get infected for any reason.
You can use some epsom salt (salt, baking soda, warm water) to the area to help it go away faster.
But even if you don't do anything it will resolve in the next 5-7 days on its own.
The epsom salt soaks would be fine. But if you leave it alone and don't do anything to them they will go away on their own in under a week.
I wouldn't do a bandage, I would leave them open.
You can wipe like you normally would, from to back and you can try to increase the number of showers you take.
But it's unlikely that they are going to get worse.
Itching is normal as well.
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You can still get herpes even if you use a condom but I agree, it doesn't look like herpes.
Just to be safe you can take the medication they prescribed.
If it was sent to the lab the chance that it's an error is less than 3%. So if the lab test came back positive as Herpes then it's 97% accurate.
Again, if they aren't tender and you don't have pain in the region I doubt it is herpes. If it is herpes it may return. I don't think it is but I guess only time will tell, because if it returns then it likely was herpes.
From my experience having seen a lot of genital, rectal, oral and peri-genital herpes I don't think this is that.
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