[Question #3996] Herpes Help

31 months ago

July 12 realized what looked like An ingrown hair. Pulled a small Hair out with tweezers. There was already what looks like a bump/ under a skin pimple growing. Picked at it and it got very big. Around 6-10mm. 5 days later it had gone down but is still there. Roughly 3-4mm now in size. I have No pain on the actual site unless I squeeze it hard. No skin breakage. Or puss. Tried to pop it like a pimple nothing happens. I have been reading a lot about herpes symptoms and now feel like I have a tingling that comes and goes around my genitals and my butt. Never had anything like this before. I also did shave down there recently as well. What could it be?

Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
31 months ago
It could most certainly be an ingrown hair and you have irritated it and made it worse.  This sounds like folliculitis to me but the most cautious thing to do if you are concerned about this bump would be to have it evaluated by a professional rather than guess and worry.  It could be many things but herpes isn't high on the list of my concerns, given your description

Terri
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31 months ago
thank you. If it has been two weeks and the bump is still there and has only subdued a little bit, do you still think it is folliculitis or would that change your thought? as for the tingling, when I stopped thinking about it, it went away but I do feel an occasional tingle. the same symptoms hold true for the bump, there is no pain or puss or any openings. just feels like an under the skin pimple now. If it was a folliculitis that got infected, how long would that take to go away, would my lymph nodes in my groin swell in order to fight the infection?  thank you again!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
31 months ago
I don't believe that a herpes lesion would stick around for two weeks without changing significantly.  Were you able to get in to see a clinician to have the bump evaluated?  It still seems far more likely to me that this is folliculitis or even something else rather than herpes, given your description and follow up post.   Does the bump have an indentation in the middle?

Terri
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31 months ago
Hi, so this is week 3 now and the bump had faded last week to nearly nothing, but then I realized today that it is now starting to come up again looking like a pimple this time. still hard on the inside. it still doesn't hurt to touch or I don't realize it unless I look at it.  is it possible that after all this it was just a pimple all along? do you have any other ideas?  the pump does not have any indentation on it now or ever. what does that mean? thank you!
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
Terri Warren, RN, Nurse Practitioner
31 months ago
It could certainly be a pimple .  An indentation would suggest an infection called molluscum contagiosum.  Herpes would not behave in this way.

Terri
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