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I’ve had a rash on my vulva region for 2 weeks. I went to my…

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I’ve had a rash on my vulva region for 2 weeks. I went to my gynecologist who said it did not appear to be herpes. I am wondering if it is related to my waxing. Can folliculitis last that long? Also do ulcers associated with folliculitis burst or break?
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Dr. Chip
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Could you please post a photo of that for me on this page?

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Of course
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Let me know if you need a better one

Got them--hold on please

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Not herpes or genital warts or any STD of any kind

It definitely is folliculitis and it could be due to waxing

But nothing serious--topical Neosporin twice a day for two weeks should clear it up

Please let me know if you need any more information

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
It’s been over 2 weeks and it’s still looks like that. It’s getting better very slowly. Some of the ulcers have broken/burst. Is that normal? Additionally, I was putting cortisone cream on. Should I just put neosporne on or ask for a oral antibiotic?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I am currently taking solumedrol for my MS with 2 more days to go. Will that effect my healing time?

That's normal with a significant patch of folliculitis

The cortisone cream actually can make it worse since it is an infection

Try the Neosporin for a week and if that doesn't clear it up you'll need a course of oral antibiotics

The solumedrol won't affect the healing

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Do you think I should continue to refrain from sex until it is fully healed?
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Or will it not agitate/impact healing?

Sex won't impact the healing

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
Thanks

My pleasure

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Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I went to the dermatologist today and she said she believes it’s herpes and prescribed valtrex. She did a swab for bacteria at my request. I am confused why she immediately thought herpes when my gynecologist did not.
Customer reply replied 5 months ago
I am trying to better understand what I should do next. How long will it take for the valtrex to clear the rash if it is herpes

It would take about 5 days for the Valtrex to work if it were herpes

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