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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