Aside from the obvious negative test result from the skin culture, but more on that later.
Back in September I saw a rash of sorts on my body that concerned me. I would have figured it was run of the mill foliculitis (as I get it from time to time and have learned to ignore it mostly if it's something I have seen before), but it seemed patterned/clustered a bit oddly and a bit more redder than usual (although possibly still centered on follicles). I don't remember how they first formed, but I want to say it did seem like run of the mill pimples to start. And to add, they never tingled, burned or itched (well they itched a little simply because they were right around where my underwear band was).
Anyway, that would have likely not been enough alone to concern me, but then I got the flu shortly after...or possibly "flu like symptoms", including lower back pain (and a stiff neck too though). It just seemed far too coincidental and well timed. However at the same time, maybe I was just noticing a pattern where there wasn't one. Plus it was September, so just at the beginning of flu season.
The flu seemed like the flu, and my fever was high, certainly not mild, I even threw up (trying to see if a very high fever or other symptoms like nausea is possible signs of an actual flu over a herpes outbreak symptom).
Anyway, as soon as I was feeling better from the flu, I went to the doctor, he looked at it, said it did look a little "interesting" and that he may want to also test it for shingles along with HSV2, but that it seemed like it was likely nothing. He rubbed it very hard with the swab to get a deeper sample (re-irritating it, which in hindsight is probably why it didnt heal a bit faster) and tested it and it did come back negative. Just to clarify I am not afraid that I had shingles, it was just the idea that the rash looked strange enough to him to "inspire" him to test for something else means it wasn't just me, so that concerned me. However , again, it came back negative for both (not sure how reliable the test was or if I got it tested in time, since I didn't come in until I felt better enough to do so).
Anyway, what I am curious about, is there anything in here that hints that it possibly isn't herpes? Any symptom, or lackthereof, that would affirm it probably was nothing because herpes either would or wouldn't do that?
Oh, and I also have pictures I took just in case I needed them:
forgive the shoddy photography, I was using my phone.
People often say if you get herpes and it manifests it you'll KNOW. I guess that fact alone should indicate I probably don't have it, because I didn't feel any pain from the red bumps and the skin test came back negative (although I am not sure how much I trust it because I didnt go in as early as I could have).
So basically with all this evidence (some for but also some against) can anyone weigh in? At this point I'd just like a little piece of mind, as I have already gotten the proper test. But I keep dwelling on all those coincidental symptoms involving the flu, and the back pain and all that (since that seemed like a rather unique symptom). I have looked at countless herpes pictures comparing them to my own, but most are very severe (aka gross) examples and difficult to provide any real help, just alarmed me more. Also probably best to keep in mind it was just the beginning of flu season, I even remember hearing an ad on the radio that flu shots were about to start, so maybe I am just that unlucky :P .
I think if I someone who has had herpes or had a lot of experience with it could make a solid diagnosis based on my pictures that would help me a lot. Sadly, while I never hope to get herpes, it seems like that is also the best way to drive one crazy over whether any given rash or foliculitis could be it or not.
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