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Today is April 7th. Last time I had sexual intercourse, which I used a condom as always, was the first week of February (perhaps around the 6th). The girl I was with the first of February, I have been with on several other occasions prior to the last time I mentioned.
The first week of March (I believe Friday March 1st) I noticed what appeared to be an ingrown hair on the shaft of my penis. I had recently shaved a few days prior. Well, I took some tweezers and plucked the hair and at the root end of the hair I could faintly see some yellowish, pus-like stuff. Obviously, the plucking of the hair left a very small open 'wound'. I thought nothing of it and went about my life. I am a very physically active person; sports, exercise and so on. The day I plucked the hair I played basketball and exercised. The day after plucking the hair I played basketball and exercised. The day after that I played basketball and exercised. A couple of days after plucking the hair there was some tenderness and redness in the area that the infected hair had been in. Well, around Wednesday March 6th while using the restroom I noticed some small blister like sores in the area the infected hair was.
At this point I was definitely concerned, but didn't think just too much of it. Over the next day or so, the 'blisters' seemed to spread slightly up my shaft (perhaps 1/4" or 1/2"). There was general redness. There was also redness and irritation at the bottom of the shaft, perhaps just under where the original infected hair was located. These symptoms last for a little over 2 weeks and then began to slowly diminish. The last week of March, around the 28th perhaps, the symptoms had nearly completely faded, with just some light markings on the skin remaining.
Well, I wake up April 2nd with another case of these symptoms. This time slightly less severe and covering less space. This time though the symptoms(what appeared to be small blisters and very slight redness) are just to the left of the original infected hair. There was no real pain or discomfort, but just to be cautious I placed a band aid over the area.
Again, today is April 7th. The second batch of symptoms are nearly cleared up and are barely visible. However, while tending to and inspecting the area about 2 hours ago, I noticed what appeared to be yet another batch of these symptoms beginning to appear just to the right of the original infected hair (near the underside of my shaft).
So I am basically just completely confused and concerned at this point.
Herpes, Folliculitis, yeast infection, bacterial infection, what?
I have been on the internet pretty much ever since looking at info. The whole situation doesn't seem too consistent with herpes. And then I keep thinking of the infected hair and maybe some form of infection from that. Especially since I am physically active and sweat a lot. I mean, I've never had any problems prior to that incident and it just lingers in my mind as perhaps being some kind of culprit.
I also should mention I have psoriasis and possibly eczema, though not particularly bad cases of either. Mainly just psoriasis on the knees and elbows. And either eczema or psoriasis on the nose and earlobes, these two locations are mainly just redness and dryness which leads me to believe eczema.
Anyways, I appreciate you guys reading this and any help or opinion you can supply me with. I have tried to be as concise as possible with the information but of course if you have any questions about further info please ask. I'll try to be as detailed as possible. Again, thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
Hey grace, I appreciate the reply. I was just reading another post with you giving advice and you seem very knowledgeable on this stuff.
I haven't seen anyone about it yet. Wasn't really sure what route to take, where to go, etc. Also, I don't have insurance.
How common would it be for herpes to have these continuous symptoms? The symptoms are not painful at all really. I mean, I have still been playing football, basketball, exercising, etc. The situation is truly causing more emotional pain and discomfort than physical.
I also realized I failed to mention that I have what very much appears to be Folliculitis along my legs, mainly all around the upper legs (above knees). The Folliculitis is also on my upper legs close to my genitals on either side.
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be seen so you can get a better idea of what is going on. not likely this is a herpes issue since your recurrences are multiple blisters. I'd also stop shaving at this point, make sure you are using an antibacterial soap like dial bar soap ( unscented ) and hopefully you get a better idea of what is going on once examined. sounds like a folliculitis issue and possibly irritation and/or even a fungal issue going on.
I see. I was thinking it could be some kind of bacterial infection from sweat or something getting into the follicle after I plucked the infected hair. It did seem to spread once I shaved the second time (after plucking the ingrown hair).
I will visit the store and get some antibacterial soap tonight.
Also, may be worth mentioning, I haven't had any pain or order during urination, but my urine has been a dark yellow. This is unusual for me since I drink water pretty much 99% of the time and my urine is usually clear. I don't know if that is related to anything that is currently going on down there but what do you think about it?
I will check the internet for local places to be examined. I thank you for your help.
Okay. I figured the urine held little to no correlation with any of that. I purchased some antibacterial soap (dial gold) last night. Used it last night and this morning. There was no pain or burning during washing. I was thinking about getting some anti-fungal cream or something. I used neosporin once or twice on it but I doubt that would do anything for a yeast/fungal infection.
I did notice last night while I was washing the area, that the 3rd symptom location (the one located almost near the underside of my penis) looks kind of raised under the skin. It's hard to explain. Not necessarily 'swollen' I suppose, but looks as if something was under my skin in the infected area. It is fairly noticeable compared to the surrounding non-infected skin.
As stated, this all started about a month after my last sexual encounter (protected) and it has been a little over 2 months now since that encounter; with these symptoms lasting right at about 5 weeks now.
I have taken a few pictures over the course of this and was wondering if there is anyway to upload them on here or get them to you directly?
Anyways, I just want to thank you again for your time and knowledge. I know this site keeps your very busy and I just appreciate the fact that you take time out to help me also.
Oh! I was unaware. I will wash it off first chance I get.
What about fungal cream? Would that be safe to use down there?
And I apologize for the silly question about pictures, I should have read that post.
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