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Worried about herpes

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 15, 2006
  • 04:08 PM

Please help me! The day before my appointment for my yearly gynecological exam, I woke up with a single small lump under the skin in my labia majora (3-4mm in each direction) that was somewhat swollen and a little red. During the day, it swelled only a little more, and by the end of the day it was almost completely gone. I've had a similar marking in the EXACT same spot about 3 or 4 other times in my life, the first time when I was only 11 years old (I am now 18 years old, and I was not yet sexually active when I first noticed the mark) If the skin does break, there is no unusual fluid inside, and the mark left behind heals VERY quickly, usually within 2 or 3 days. The best visual explaination I can give is a swollen lymph node/gland behind the ear or in the underarm. It looks and feels almost exactly like one, and the skin doesn't break unless I mess with it. I've been looking at pictures of herpes, and what I have just doesnt look like it to me...

I saw my exam as an opportunity to find out what it was, and when I showed the doctor she immediately thought herpes. She did a herpes culture, and I am now waiting on the results, and VERY worried. She said if it is herpes, it's probably HSV-1, since I first noticed it before I was sexually active.

I am VERY disappointed though. I can understand why a doctor would think herpes, because it's the most simple and common explanation for such a thing. However, I asked her, "Is there anything else this could be?", and she wouldn't answer me... which leads me to panic! I cried the entire way home. I know you can't diagnose anything, but if you read this and any of it reminds you of anything you've heard of, please please tell me. I'm so worried and waiting 2 weeks with no hope is going to drive me insane! :(

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  • Hi Hun.I have had the exact lump you mentioned several times. I usually get it after my period finishes (a few days to a week after) and I found out it is caused by a yeast infection. If you have been scratching "down there" then this could be why the pimple/lump swells up. You can contract Herpes without being sexually active and the one your doctor mentioned is NOT a STD/STI. It is simply from the same family a cold sores on the mouth or a yeast infection. When a lot of people hear of Herpes they automatically think STD but this isn't true. Meanwhile go to your pharmacist and ask for some cream that you apply directly to your vagina which is used to treat yeast or thrush infection. And avoid perfumed soap and bubble bath and this may aggrievate the yeast infection. :)
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  • I've gone though the same thing as noname, I too am not sure if that is what I have. I haven't had a symptom in a long time, therefore I can't get it checked out. I am wondering if you found out what your sore was.
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    • August 29, 2006
    • 06:03 AM
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