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How long have you had the bump?
Is it on the inside or outside?
Are there any others, or is it just one bump?
Did the doctor take a swab of the lesion or just a blood test?
What you are describing sounds more like a folliculitis or blocked duct than a herpes infection. The only way to definitively diagnose herpes is by taking a viral culture (swab the actual lesion)... blood tests can only tell you that you have in fact been exposed to herpes at some point in your life and they don't necessarily diagnose a specific lesion. Most doctors will draw conclusions based on visual diagnosis + a positive blood test, but the best way to know is specifically testing a lesion. The blood test, as I said, only tells you that you have been exposed to HSV because it detects antibodies. Antibodies to HSV are specific proteins that the body creates and releases into the bloodstream to fight the infection. HSV IgM antibody production begins several days after a primary (initial) HSV infection and may be detectable in the blood for several weeks. HSV IgG antibody production begins after HSV IgM production. Concentrations rise for several weeks, fall, and then stabilize in the blood. Once someone has been infected with HSV, they will continue to produce small quantities of HSV IgG.
Herpes presents differently in different people but usually presents as a pimple-like lesion or cluster of lesions that appear after a tingling/pain sensation of the area. What you are describing just sounds more like folliculitis that got a little infected from being picked at. I would advise you to not pick at it any more (which just introduces more bacteria) and just cleanse the area gently with hypoallergenic soap. It will heal on it's own. In the meantime, you can wait for the results from your doctor but I would not suspect that this is herpes based on what you are describing and with your risk factors (or lack thereof).
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Hi, the doctor can swab the lesion BUT results wouldn't be definitive without getting drainage... a negative result therefore wouldn't necessarily be dependable. Neosporin will help if it is what I suspect (folliculitis with some irritation and bacteria from your fingernails).
I'm glad this was helpful to you--- it is good that you had this evaluated (that's the responsible thing to do) but I would not suspect that this is the most likely case and it suprises me that your doctor assumed that with how frequently folliculitis is mistaken for HSV infections and how stressful that can be to patients who then have the agonizing wait for test results.
You're in a monogomous long term relationship, have never had symptoms before, and shaving and waxing increase the risks of folliculitis as well. I just think it is most likely what it is, but again we will have to wait for your test results to really know.
Folliculitis as far as the open sore from the infection should start to heal after a few days but for the bump to completely disappear, it could take a few weeks. The only time that healing is a concern is if it is not showing any improvement or is getting worse (starts being very tender, draining colored fluid, or if you develop a fever) which can indicate a more serious bacterial infection has occured as a complication.
The hard knot description to me sounds very much like folliculitis OR it could even be a blocked duct. These blocked ducts can result in something called a bartholin's gland cyst, which would also be consistant with these symptoms. This is a great information link for bartholin's cyst information that you might want to read over and compare symptoms with http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/bartholins_gland_cyst.jsp
Laser hair removal shouldnt cause these problems but rather, most patients find that it eliminates this because there is no hair stuck to cause the infection. Waxing or shaving, however, do increase the folliculitis risk by a lot.
I really thought it was going to be negative, I'm sorry you were put through the stress of waiting for those results!! If it's folliculitis, it really will go away on it's own but if it's a barthalon's cyst, you might need antibiotics. You should see a gynecologist because they are familiar with both and can help out easily... I'm so glad to hear the good news, thanks for keeping me updated. Good luck!