I was concerned I contracted genital herpes about a year ago. I developed one pimple like sore that I picked at until it became an open ulcer, but it went away. I also had red itchy swollen labia, an initial vaginal discharge, anal itching, occaisonal stabbing pain in the back of my legs. My Gyno first said I had dermatitis. However, I had been using DMSO cream which significantly reduced the symptoms by the time I saw her.
I was able to keep the itching and redness somewhat under control with the DMSO and other natural products I purchased. But it kept coming back. I fully expected to break out with herpes, but I never did.
My blood tests for herpes, HIV, syphillis all came back negative, as did swabs for chylamidia and gonnnerea.
Then I developed a couple of small bumps around the labial area. I went back to my gyno.
She then told me it looked like Molluscsum Contagiosum and gave me Aldara cream to use.
Well, I used it all over my genital area for 3 days. On the 3rd day - I developed 5 small ulcers. They didn't hurt.
I went back to my gyno. This time (after the negative herpes test and no new partners) she told me it looked like herpes. She did a swab of an ulcer and it came back negative for herpes. 4 weeks later I took another blood test and it also came back negative for herpes. The ulcers I had I suspected might have been from the Aldara cream - some sort of immune reaction. They cleared up in 2 days (I did use Chorophor on them).
Since then I had another round of bloodwork for all of the above mentioned stds and all came back negative.
I saw a dermatologist who did a biopsy and confirmed the molluscum. She froze them off.
My question is - do you think the ulcers were from the Aldara cream?
Also - I am still suffering from mild itchy red labia and anus. I still sometimes get the shooting pains in the back of my legs and headaches - plus I have swollen glands in my neck. Is there some other std that my doctors are missing? Does molloscum cause all of the above mentioned symptoms?
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