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Burning pain in genital area

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  • Posted By: smoothie
  • June 11, 2007
  • 10:50 AM

Hi all,

I've had burning pain in my genital area for 3 weeks now. The first week was excruciating, and I also had a sore throat. Sometimes the pain subsides a bit, and sometimes it gets worse. Over the past few days when it gets worse I think I'm seeing tiny white bumps, but I'm not sure. It looks like it could just be my hair follicles, since I shave everything down there. Everything down there looks a little red, but not inflamed.

I've had 2 nurse practitioners tell me they thought it was an external yeast infection, and one thought there was a chance it could be herpes. I've been putting anti-fungal cream on it, but I'm not sure if its helping. It seemed better the first few days I was using it, but yesterday and the day before the burning was strong.

Any advice would be appreciated, I've never been so stressed and scared.

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  • Go to a gynecologist immediately and have them take a herpes test or for a bacterial infection. If you don't have a gynecologist, Planned Parenthood can do the tests for you. Herpes does affect immune system, so your glands could be swollen or a baterial infection could cause this.
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  • I have a burning sensation too right now associated with itching. I have had a herpes outbreak in the past which was excruciating especially when urinating. What I have right now i believe to be a yeast infection and am treating it with lactobacillus acidophilus. If you have been taking antibiotics for any reason you may have developed a yeast infection as antibiotics kill the normal vaginal flora.If you are currently being treated with antibiotics or sulfasalazine, (a medication used to treat ulcerative colitis) you should not use Lactobacillus without first talking to your healthcare provider. Because of the description of excrutiating pain I fear you may have contracted Herpes. You may want to check with anyone you have been sexually active with to find out if they know if they have been in contact with anyone who has herpes. If you have open lesions your dr. should be able to swab and diagnose it. Herpes doesn't go away although it goes into a dormant stage in your nerves at which point you will have no symptoms but in order to avoid a recurrence it is important to keep your immune system up (get enough sleep and eat well- lots of vitamins- fruits etc).
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  • see a doctor...
    BETH27584 31 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't have health insurance, so I've been to the local STD clinic. They suggested it was an external yeast infection. I don't know if they're right or wrong, so I was hoping to hear some advice from others.
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  • There are multiple things that could cause these sorts of symptoms. I would go back to the clinic and have them test you for gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, herpes, and bacterial vaginosis. I'm assuming you are sexually active, but you didn't mention that specifically. You also didn't mention if you have pain with urination or if you have any discharge. Is the medication continuing to improve your symptoms? If you go back and they still think it is an external yeast infection, you can always request an oral antifungal. Sometimes those are more effective.If you are sexually active, you should let the clinic know when you last had sex and oral sex. Depending on when your symptoms showed up, it could be related to that (but it isn't necessarily). You should also note if you have pain or bleeding with intercourse.Stop shaving down there for a little while as well--it may be aggravating the irritation you already have.
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  • I am sexually active, and these symptoms began one week after intercourse with a new partner. I believe I had a vaginal yeast infection before we had sex, I had the classic symptoms of itching and white discharge. The itching and discharge continued in the few days afterwards, and then went away for a day or two. Then the burning pain started.I tested negative for gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and bacterial vaginosis. I don't have any open sores so there's nothing to swab for a herpes test. I have had one negative blood test for herpes, but I would not yet have had time to develop antibodies.I have had no discharge since the pain began, and no pain with urination. Urination actually helps the burning feel better.I'm still not certain if the anti-fungal cream is helping, I had strong burning pain last night, but I'm feeling a bit better this morning.Thanks for all the input so far, everyone.
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  • Hi all,I've had burning pain in my genital area for 3 weeks now. The first week was excruciating, and I also had a sore throat. Sometimes the pain subsides a bit, and sometimes it gets worse. Over the past few days when it gets worse I think I'm seeing tiny white bumps, but I'm not sure. It looks like it could just be my hair follicles, since I shave everything down there. Everything down there looks a little red, but not inflamed.I've had 2 nurse practitioners tell me they thought it was an external yeast infection, and one thought there was a chance it could be herpes. I've been putting anti-fungal cream on it, but I'm not sure if its helping. It seemed better the first few days I was using it, but yesterday and the day before the burning was strong.Any advice would be appreciated, I've never been so stressed and scared.Hi I think this could well be herpes, as i was diagnosed with it 2 years ago and ur symptoms sound very similar. I also found it really uncomfortable at night time. U will find that salt baths help heal the sores but u sould see someone to check it is def that. I had the unfortunate case of seeing a very unsympathetic doctorwho said they thought it was herpes but wouldnt do a swab cos i would be in even more discomfort. I then spent weeks feeling upset,dirty and ashamed but worse of all clinging to the hope that he thought i had it and convincing myself i didnt have it. AS it was i heard of a website called dr Thom who specialise in stis and they have clinics in London. This was very helpful as i was embarrassed about being seen i a local clinic so i went up there. Unfortunately it is expensive to have the test and consultation but the staff there are brilliant!!!! I had thecondition fully explained to me and in some cases it can simply be passed on by someone having a cold sore and giving u oral sex - so not something to be ashamed of - just very unfortunate. As i said i was diagnosed 2 years ago and apart from that initial outbreak i have been fortunate enough not to have another. Please get yourself checked out, even if ur sores have cleared dr Thom do blood tests to see if the virus is present ie the way i found out. xxx
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