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Irritation?

Hello Doctor, I have a question in regards to genital herpes. About 4 months ago I had about 3 red spots on the shaft of my penis, they were not painful nor did they caused itching. After applying hydrocortisone cream for about a week they went away and never came back. The first time I noticed the spots were after masturbation and prior to that I was sexually involved with a female a few times with protection.
Should I be concerned that those spots were herpes related?
Thank you in advance.
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It doesn't sound like herpes.  Herpes usually would progress to pimples or open sores, and generally are somewhat painful.  If the spots come back, definitely see a health care provider right away (within 1-2 days), and don't use hydrocortisone.  If they don't appear again, don't worry about it.

Regards--  HHH, MD
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