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Is it possible for you to get a herpes outbreak on your inner upper thigh?

Is it possible for you to get a herpes outbreak on your inner upper thigh?

Herpes: Genital herpes is a chronic sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (hsv). Historically, hsv-2 accounted for a majority of genital infections; however, hsv-1, which usually infects the orolabial area, now accounts for up to 50% of first-episode cases. These are often multiple, resulting in shallow, painful ulcers that may merge. The symptoms last for approximately 7-14 d. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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I heard conflicting answers. To get genital herpes you have to come into contact with infected area? Say the infected area is on inner thigh. If I have intercourse w her and never touch the inner thigh. (Covered by a towel) could I still catch it?

I heard conflicting answers. To get genital herpes you have to come into contact with infected area? Say the infected area is on inner thigh. If I have intercourse w her and never touch the inner thigh. (Covered by a towel) could I still catch it?

Possible to get HSV: Visible HSV lesions are infectious but just covering the lesion may not be sufficient to prevent HSV transmission if there is also infectious virus on nearby skin. Avoiding close skin contact when there's a definite HSV outbreak, using condoms at other times & the person taking antiviral meds all significantly reduce HSV transmission. ...Read more

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Does herpes on inner thigh comes and goes away to last a days or weeks?

Does herpes on inner thigh comes and goes away to last a days or weeks?

Ouch: With your other conditions, I would be sure you had herpes, and not contact dermatitis, before treating it as herpes. When untreated, the outbreak usually lasts for a couple of weeks. With modern, anti-HSV therapies, such as acyclovir, the outbreak can either be stopped, or shortened significantly in duration to 3-5 days, with much more mild symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a bump on my inner thigh could it be herpes?!

I have a bump on my inner thigh could it be herpes?!

Herpes: The virus starts to multiply when it gets into the skin cells. The skin becomes red and sensitive, and soon afterward, one or more blisters or bumps appear. The blisters first open, scab over, and then heal as new skin tissue forms. During a first outbreak, the area is usually painful and may itch, burn or tingle. Flu-like symptoms are also common. These include swollen glands, headache, muscle. ...Read more

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Can you get herpes on your thighs?

Can you get herpes on your thighs?

Yes: You can get herpes infection anywhere on your body. It is transmitted by contact. ...Read more

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I have a couple red dots on my inner thigh I'm scared its herpes?

I have a couple red dots on my inner thigh I'm scared its herpes?

Herpes is unlikely: This is unlikely to be herpes, which doesn't cause simple "red dots", but blisters that become pimple-like or open sores, then heal with scabs. Also, initial herpes usually occurs at site where inoculated, i.e. generally at sites of maximum friction during sex, such as labia, vaginal opening, etc. Recurrent oubreaks can be on thighs, but rarely first infection. See your doctor if still concerned. ...Read more

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I have 2 bumps on my upper inner thigh not that close each one is white the other is not they don't hurt that much is it herpes?

I have 2 bumps on my upper inner thigh not that close each one is white the other is not they don't hurt that much is it herpes?

Need to look at it: It is very hard to say exactly what it may be without looking at the bumps
i wil; suggest you check with your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Bump neer vagina on inner thigh. Is this herpes?

Bump neer vagina on inner thigh. Is this herpes?

Possible: Lumps, bumps, blisters and other skin abnormalities on the genitals need to be evaluated. An examination will be needed to know the cause and treatment. ...Read more

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Genital herpes on inner thigh, help?

Genital herpes on inner thigh, help?

Treatment: If you're sure it's herpes, it can be treated with anti-herpes medication (acyclovir, valacyclovir, or famciclovir), provided you start soon enough. The lesion will go away without treatment, but it may come back in the same place. If it comes back infrequently, you can just treat it when it happens. If it comes back frequently (several times a year), you can take daily therapy to prevent it. ...Read more

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Bump in the inner thigh. No pain even when pressed No itching. Is this herpes? Possible exposure 60 days back covered oral sex

Bump in the inner thigh. No pain even when pressed No itching. Is this herpes? Possible exposure 60 days back covered oral sex

Not likely.: Probably not Herpes if it is painless and not a small blister-like lesion. Might be a sebaceous cyst. Check with your primary care physician or dermatologist to be sure. ...Read more

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5 red bumps inner thigh that are not painful and do not itch. They are flat almost and I did shave a couple days ago. Could it be herpes?

5 red bumps inner thigh that are not painful and do not itch. They are flat almost and I did shave a couple days ago. Could it be herpes?

Folliculitis-not HSV: What you have is a mild folliculitis from shaving. Better to try and 'clip' with scissors (very carefully) or some other method of trimming, not shaving. Shaving can injure the skin and allow bacteria to 'set up shop' as they've done in your case. A few days of bacitracin applied 3 or 4x a day should wipe that out. Herpes hurts like hell, and fungus would itch-so those are ruled out. Feel better! ...Read more

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I have a rash on my inner thigh. It is unilateral, not painful, not itchy but has come up with lesions and scabs. Herpes? Or something else?

I have a rash on my inner thigh. It is unilateral, not painful, not itchy but has come up with lesions and scabs. Herpes? Or something else?

Herpes? Shingles?: If "lesions" means blisters or sores and rash is recent (a few days) and not long lasting, I would be more suspicious of herpes zoster (shingles). Genital herpes also is possible. Or a simple allergic reaction, or any of several other kinds if dermatitis. Earlier makes diagnosis easier and is very important for successful treatment of either herpes or shingles, so see a doctor ASAP. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between jock rash and herpes? I had athletes foot then got the rash on the inner thighs

How can you tell the difference between jock rash and herpes? I had athletes foot then got the rash on the inner thighs

Tines cruris: The rashes look different. Definitive diagnosis is made by culturing a scraping for fungus. This will also tell you what type of fungus it is because different ones will have different characteristics. Viral culture of a vesicle will prove whether herpes simplex is present. Put your socks on before your underpants. Many times the underpants touch your toes and bring fungus into your groin. ...Read more

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I have on my butt from the crack to my inner thighs its itchy dry n it looks like stretch marks where the rash is located is it herpes?

I have on my butt from the crack to my inner thighs its itchy dry n it looks like stretch marks where the rash is located is it herpes?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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Recurring red bumps inner left thigh with hairs coming out that do go away. Could this be possible herpes or can herpes not have hairs coming out.

Recurring red bumps inner left thigh with hairs coming out that do go away. Could this be possible herpes or can herpes not have hairs coming out.

Not herpes: This partly duplicates my previous reply to the same question, which included "...genital herpes is not a likely cause of 'isolated red bumps on thighs', and for sure isn't the cause of such problems associated with hairs. No worries about herpes." Herpes lesions rarely if ever can "have hairs coming out". This is a sign of folliculitis, not herpes. And the thigh is an uncommon site for herpes. ...Read more

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I have a rectal rash and a rash on my inner thigh. It's red and feels lumpy? Could this be herpes? No pain during urination. No odor or discharge.

I have a rectal rash and a rash on my inner thigh. It's red and feels lumpy? Could this be herpes? No pain during urination. No odor or discharge.

Rashes: Rashes, especially in the groin and peri-anal area can be caused by many different things. You really need an exam and possible testing to determine the true diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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I just recently got these three bumps and I'm worried. They are on my inner thigh. They look like pimples they appeared over night, could it be herpes?

I just recently got these three bumps and I'm worried. They are on my inner thigh. They look like pimples they appeared over night, could it be herpes?

Several possibilitie: Though herpes is a possibility, a careful examination (location, pattern, surrounding skin color, presence of pain, others) is needed to determine if it could be molluscum contagiosum, shingles, early folliculitis, or other process. ...Read more

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I have one blister that's formed on my lower inner thigh. I shaved my legs yesterday but I don't ever recall getting a blister before. Could this be herpes? I do not have any other symptoms but worried this could be a symptom. I know you can't tell me any

I have one blister that's formed on my lower inner thigh. I shaved my legs yesterday but I don't ever recall getting a blister before. Could this be herpes? I do not have any other symptoms but worried this could be a symptom. I know you can't tell me any

Exam needed: Herpes infection is usually associated with pain and and/or itching, but it is possible that a blister appearing in an area without trauma could signal the early stages of herpes. An examination can help sort this out. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your upper inner thigh itches? Fungus, germs, herpes, what could it be? There is also a raised group of red bumps.

What does it mean when your upper inner thigh itches? Fungus, germs, herpes, what could it be? There is also a raised group of red bumps.

Dermatitis: Several kinds of skin inflammation (dermatitis) could do this, including fungal and bacterial infections. However, herpes doesn't behave like this and is very unlikely. See a doctor if it continues or you remain concerned about it. ...Read more

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Outbreak of bumps on my inner thigh I went to an STD specialist & got tests for herpes all was clear. 1 yr later did tests again clear. Bump returned?

Outbreak of bumps on my inner thigh I went to an STD specialist & got tests for herpes all was clear. 1 yr later did tests again clear. Bump returned?

Molluscum?: Bumps on the inner thighs may be caused by a virus called molluscum contagiosum. It's not considered a true std but is passed during skin to skin contact. Interestingly, it's often seen in wrestlers. It's harmless and the bumps usually fall off on their own over time. But it may also be treated by freezing. The virus can be harmful in people who are immunesuppressed for any reason. ...Read more

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Tiny single pink bump upper inner thigh crease. No tingling, pain, burning. Firm n slightly tender when pressed. An online doc from overseas said "herpes? "

Herpes simplex: Herpetic lesions usually occur in clusters, begin as vesicles (blisters), are often quite tender and painful, break down and form shallow ulcers. Without seeing these impossible to diagnose, but this doesn't sound anything like herpes simplex. ...Read more

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I have had a scaly rash show up on my inner thigh/groin. It looks like ringworm. Could it be herpes? I have had no initial outbreak.

I have had a scaly rash show up on my inner thigh/groin. It looks like ringworm. Could it be herpes? I have had no initial outbreak.

Likely Tinea Cruris: If it is a scaly rash, it is very unlikely to be herpes. Tinea cruris (ringworm) is the likeliest diagnosis however, I recommend a proper evaluation from your local dermatologist to rule out any other conditions. A KOH exam along with a proper history and physical exam will be helpful if performed. ...Read more

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I had sex with condom with a sex worker. She was having a single bump on her inner thigh. Worried about HPV and herpes Washed my part after sex.?

I had sex with condom with a sex worker. She was having a single bump on her inner thigh. Worried about HPV and herpes Washed my part after sex.?

Stop this practice..: If you are having sexual encounters with sex workers I would regularly get testing for sexually transmitted diseases just to be safe, even with protection. Of course I would avoid sexual encounters with sex workers in general as this is a risky practice and you are taking advantage of a vulnerable population and supporting a industry that harms and takes advantage of women. ...Read more

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I developed a small cluster of bumps on my inner thigh after shaving. I immediately saw my doctor and she advised she thinks its genital herpes. How?

Possible: While herpes is a possibility, follliculitis which is an inflammation of hair follicles is also possible. To rule out herpes, a culture and bloodwork can be done. ...Read more

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Woke up with pimple like sore on inner thigh. It had a white head so put bandaid on it and it popped now it has a raised head. Is it pimple or herpes?

Woke up with pimple like sore on inner thigh. It had a white head so put bandaid on it and it popped now it has a raised head. Is it pimple or herpes?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you however your symptoms suggest a pimple.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I get small hard bumps, like pimples, that grow on the inside of my thighs. I do not have herpes or genital warts.?

I get small hard bumps, like pimples, that grow on the inside of my thighs. I do not have herpes or genital warts.?

Folliculitis?: Sound like either folliculitis- an infection of the hair pores or hidradentits suppurativa- a condition caused by blockage and inflammation of specialized sweat pores (apocrine glands). Both can be treated with oral and/or topical antibiotics. See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My mom handed me a mug she doesn't have a cold sore. I have PJ bottoms on I then scratched my thigh while I have PJs on. Can I get genital herpes?

Your question: Doesn't really make a lot of sense to me. I can't quite follow it. But basically you need to know that genital herpes requires close skin to skin contact. It doesn't leap through clothing like pjs. ...Read more