[Question #6203] Chancre Question

18 months ago
Good morning. Briefly, 3 weeks ago I had a very short sensual massage by a male masseuse.  The only act of any risk at all was quickly licking his testicles and the skin beneath (not the anus). Anyway, I woke up yesterday with a very small white bump (about 1-2 millimeters) on the tip of my tongue.  Like a tiny canker sore. Also a little red around the sore. It is a little sensitive to the touch.  It does not appear to be getting larger. Does this sound in any way like the beginnings of a chancre?  Would a chancre present itself very differently in its initial stages?  I have some confidence that this is not going to evolve into an open sore, but wanted to get more specific info.  Thank you. 
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
18 months ago
Welcome back to the forum, but I don't understand why you found it necessary or what you hoped to hear. Dr. Hook answered these same questions twice in the past two weeks.

We cannot diagnose anything on this forum. This doesn't sound at all like a typical chancre, and as Dr. Hook said, your exposure was very low risk for syphilis. But the only way to know the cause of the sore is to see a doctor or clinic in person. If that examination suggests the possibility of syphilis, testing can be done.

Let me know if and when you have done that, but until then I won't have any further comments or advice.

HHH, MD
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18 months ago
Hi Dr.  Went to the doctor and he said it was an almost healed canker sore.  Also he said my situation was near no risk and even though it can happen he had never seen a primary chancre in the mouth, only on the genitals.  He did not recommend testing at this time or any time for that matter.  Thanks for your advice. I should have just moved on after Dr. Hook’s reassurances.  For that I apologize.  Thank you for your help.  
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
18 months ago
Congratulations on the favorable outcome -- but of course I'm not surprised, but glad you saw your doctor! Thanks for the thanks; we're glad to have helped.---