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i have a question regarding little "pimples" on my genital area. Since i could

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i have a question regarding little "pimples" on my genital area.
Since i could remember i had little skin coloured dots, my doctor said they were normal.

about a week ago i noticed a small bump, thinking it was an ingrown hair, i ignored it because i could not yet see the hair. about two days ago (after a huge walk- sweating and rash on legs) i noticed a few very small white "pimples" on the base of my penis and about an inch above my penis.

i first noticed them in the shower, and i decided to shave the area to have a better look, i have several (probably about 20) pimples now, in the same area as the "ingrown hair" from last week.

i have no idea what this might be, i feel dirty and i worry it may be a sexually transmitted infection. My girlfriend and i are very sexually active, she is the only person i've slept with within the last 5 months, we do have unprotected sex. (and if it makes a difference, she has a yeast infection).

thanks

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 :

Are these pimples are itchy or painful?

Customer:

they are not itchy at all, and they are only painful if i try popping them

mysticdoc :

Based on your description, this is likely hair follicle infection.

mysticdoc :

This is not a std.

mysticdoc :

as your girlfriend is also clean otherwise.

mysticdoc :

yeast infection unlikely.

mysticdoc :

heat and sweat make bacterial infection skin bacteria I mean more likely.

mysticdoc :

you can try topical bacitracin ointment twice daily.

mysticdoc :

Bacitracin is available over the counter.

Customer:

alright, that sounds easy enough.. what would be the best brand to pick up?
(over the counter means no perscription needed?)

mysticdoc :

no prescription needed.

mysticdoc :

bacitracin is available as such name

Customer:

right on, although i am still a little worried... as it looks rather off putting.
should i not be having sexual intercourse until they go away? and
is there a way to know for sure if they are Follicle Infection?

Customer:

is there a way to sent images?

mysticdoc :

yes you can upload here

Customer:

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mysticdoc :

Thanks for the picture.

mysticdoc :

It does sound like hair follicle infection.

mysticdoc :

You can still get checked for herpes virus if that is what you are worried about.

mysticdoc :

Herpes lesions look more red and more painful.

mysticdoc :

That is why I am not leaning towards that

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

Customer:

thankyou...

mysticdoc :

very weocme

mysticdoc :

welcome

Customer:

and the ointment will make it go away? or just speed things up?

(will they go away on their own)

mysticdoc :

ointment will help them go away sooner.

Customer:

do these infections reoccure?

Customer:

re-ocurre?

mysticdoc :

yes they can due to the heat anod sweat.

mysticdoc :

and shaving can worsen--so avoid shaving during the lesions.

Customer:

thanks so much! and sex is not an issue?

mysticdoc :

not an issue

mysticdoc :

do not worry

Customer:

also, as i was trying to remove a hair from one of the lesions, with tweezers i tried popping one, and the lesion came off... i removed it from the tweezers, and looking at it up close it was a like a hard, rubbery off white fatty... thing...

it bleed but after a few hours it grew back (more red).

would that fit the discription of the infection?

mysticdoc :

yes it does

Customer:

alrighty, thanks!!!
very much actually, i am much less worried!


can i ask you one more question?

mysticdoc :

go ahead

Customer:

i have been coughing up phlem for over a month, not being sick at all.
could that be a cause of my girlfriends yeast infection?

or the phlem coughing + my infection = S.T.I.?

mysticdoc :

not at all.

mysticdoc :

this is likely allergy related.

mysticdoc :

seasonal allergies can cause this.

mysticdoc :

if you smoke cigarettes, that is another possibility

Customer:

i dont smoke or drink. but i do have allergies and that makes a lot of sense...
seasonal allergies AND dust mite allergies.. i guess i'll have to clean my house :)

mysticdoc :

yes that is likely.

mysticdoc :

you can try any anti histamine like Claritin

Customer:

i will, my brother has what looks like a lifetime supply of allergy meds.
thanks Doc, this was my first visit to the site and i can see myself coming back in te future!
you're awesome!

Sorry if i grossed you out at all.

mysticdoc :

very welcome

mysticdoc :

best wishes

Customer:

thanks

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