Without examination it is very difficult to confirm a diagnosis,but the symptoms are suggestive of folliculitis or boils although the possibility of herpes also cannot be ignored.Boils are caused by infection of the hair follicle by staph aureus. Bacterial skin infections can be spread by shared cosmetics or washcloths, close human contact, or by contact with pus from a boil or carbuncle.
A boil generally starts as a reddened, tender area. Over time, the area becomes firm and hard. Eventually, the center of the abscess softens and becomes filled with pus. Finally, the pus "forms a head," which can be surgically opened or spontaneously drain out through the surface of the skin.
Apply warm compresses on the boil and keep the area clean.Drainage of the boil is done only when it becomes soft and forms a head.Take some over the counter pain reliever and consult a doctor for examination and antibiotics prescription.If there are recurrent boils,then pls get your blood sugar levels estimated.
Herpes presents as blisters which begin to dry out and crust over within several days. When the rash is at its peak, symptoms can range from mild itching to extreme and intense pain.So I feel that you should get the blood tests to detect antibodies for herpes.
The two best tests are Herpes Select and Western Blot.These tests will clear all airs about these bumps being herpes.
Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional queries. Kind regards.
Thanks so much for your reply. I will follow up with the doctor and get the testing you suggested. Should I go to a dermatologist for this or my primary care or gyno? I saw my primary care doctor for my last pap smear and gyno examination. But do you think I should go to a specialist instead?
I really dont think it's herpes...it doesnt crust over like you said. more like spontaneous drainage. Like today there was a little blood on the side of my underwear like one of the small ones had drained. Also the two doctors didn't think it looked like herpes. Still, I will get a test.
Thanks again for you help. If you do read this, just let me know which kind of doctor you think I should see.
Also, you recommended that I should get my blood sugar levels tested. Could this be a sign of diabetes? I had bloodwork done a few months ago and the fasting blood test was in the normal range.
Thanks, I will keep you posted.
From the symptom that you have mentioned in your recent post,I feel that chances of boils/furuncle are more. Recurrent boils are found in diabetes, HIV infection, or other immune system disorders.So that is the reason I have advised blood sugar evaluation.
I feel that you should consult a dermatologist and get the examination done.He will be the best person to guide you.
I hope that helps. Please do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional queries. Kind regards.