Earlier this year I developed a red, itchy rash in my pubic hair. The rash is towards the top of my pubic hair, and so far has not appeared on my penis. The doctor told me that it was probably an allergic reaction and put me on topical cortisteroids, which didn't help much beyond bringing the redness down a bit. Seeking a second opinion from a specialist, I was told that it was probably a nickel or cobalt allergy and given a patch test, which came back negative. At that time I was getting small clusters of lesions that started off as redness, then developed into vesicles, and finally scabbed over. The problem was that as soon as one lesion would scab over, another one would form. This went on for about two months.
After the lesions healed completely, I had about a month and a half "clear". However, during this time, areas of the skin were still a little red and intermittently itchy.
After a month and a half "clear", the lesions came back in the same area and I went to another doctor. This doctor seemed to be convinced that it was herpes. I requested a zanck smear. The doctor spent 10 minutes or so looking into the microscope and he didn't seem happy about what he was looking at. He said "this is a poor example of an HSV smear, but I can see some evidence that it is herpes". He put me on zovirax oral tablets, which seemed to help a bit with the itching, but not much else.
That was a month ago. The lesions he saw are now almost completely healed, but new lesions are forming. If my previous outbreak was any indication, I have at least another month of this to look forward to before some clear time.
My question is this: Is it possible that herpes lesions take a month to heal, then form new lesions before the other lesions are gone, dragging on for months at a time with little or no reprieve? Should I still be having redness and itching in the one month that I don't have an active outbreak?
I admit that these lesions do look like herpes. They are itchy, painful, and follow the regular stages of HSV. The only thing that I don't understand is why MY herpes, if that's what it is, never seems to go dormant.
I tested HIV negative last month and am not immunocompromised in any other way as far as I know. I do smoke and drink alcohol regularly, and I do not take vitamins.
Thank you for your time--