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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Jock Itch And Herpes

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Do herpes outbreaks always blister? Is it possible to have burning and itching from jock itch and after scratching scabs form?

Do herpes outbreaks always blister? Is it possible to have burning and itching from jock itch and after scratching scabs form?

Yes and yes: Genital herpes lesions are usually vesicles which are small blisters. They then rupture to form superficial ulcers and scabs which eventually heal. Oral herpes lesions less often form blisters and crust and scab sooner.
Jock itch or tinea cruris usually causes a red inching rash in the inner groin near the scrotum in males. If you scratch it can bleed and form scabs. ...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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White scaly patches in the inner folds of my skin near the butt area. It itches and some pain from scratching. Do I have jock itch? I am a female.

White scaly patches in the inner folds of my skin near the butt area. It itches and some pain from scratching. Do I have jock itch? I am a female.

Intertrigo: Not related to diet. Try OTC hydrocortisone and miconazole (or clotrimazole) creams together. Whenever it feels wet or itchy or irritated, gently clean off with bathroom paper (or kleenex) using any lotion. In the shower, wash with hands only, no scrubbing. ...Read more

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Genital herpes vs jock itch, what is the difference?

Genital herpes vs jock itch, what is the difference?

Herpes Simplex II: Consists of a cluster of lesions that look like blisters. The lesions can appear on the penis, anus, labia or cervix ; they can spread, coalesce followed by crusting over. Jock itch often appears as reddened skin extending from the groin crease to the upper thighs. It may scale ; the outer edge could have small blisters. It can burn ; itch. ...Read more

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I got a handjob from a girl with herpes. My anus itches and was wondering if I could have got herpes from a handjob or could it be from something else?

Slow Down: Anus itching is not in any way a symptom of herpes. First, congratulation on having a sexual encounter. Second, what is the real problem here? Getting a hand job does not in any way put your anus at risk for anything. Why would you even spend a second trying to connect the two? ...Read more

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Hi I have herpes and I'm getting open soars and I can go to the bathroom because it burns and itches what should I do??

Hi I have herpes and I'm getting open soars and I can go to the bathroom because it burns and itches what should I do??

You need to be: On controlling medications for your herpes. A thorough discussion with your primary care physician is needed as well as a prescription for medications. ...Read more

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I have fungal infection on my groun, and my scrotum itches, I've also had white bums on scrotum that itch, my scrotum tingles, could this be herpes?

Not herpes.: What you are describing doesn't sound like herpes. Herpes typically presents as a cluster of blisters that develop at the same time. The skin is typically itchy or painful before the blisters develop, then the blisters come. The fungal infection in your groin and scrotum may require a stronger antifungal. The Betamethasone combination you are using may spread the fungus and make it worse. ...Read more

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My anus itches but there's no blisters. Is this herpes?

My anus itches but there's no blisters. Is this herpes?

No...: Herpes would be painful. Anal itching is most commonly caused by either hemorrhoids or a fungal dermatitis. Get checked by your doctor. ...Read more

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Would internal meatus herpes be easily visible? Have small red pimple inside meatus that Itches all day, no pain. Received unprotected oral. Have UTI

Would internal meatus herpes be easily visible? Have small red pimple inside meatus that Itches all day, no pain. Received unprotected oral. Have UTI

May be herpes: Herpes can initially cause itching. That's often followed by a blister that ulcerates. May cause pain, especially on
urinating. The only way to tell if HSV is to do a swab of some fluid from the sore. Since you were able to see the "pimple" I'm not sure why you are asking if it easily visible. The doctor can use a magnifying glass to view it if needed. Best wishes. Always use a condom. ...Read more

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If a specific location where a red bump on my penis is never itches, burns, crusts over, etc, can it still be herpes? Usually itches all over.

If a specific location where a red bump on my penis is never itches, burns, crusts over, etc, can it still be herpes? Usually itches all over.

Not herpes: Herpes doesn't behave like this: unlikely to cause red bump that doesn't become blister or sore and doesn't cause itching "all over". Neither does any other STD. Maybe a localized allergy or other dermatitis. See a doctor. If the "red bump" is present only now and then, talk to your doctor about arranging an immediate visit (without an advance appointment) next time it appears. ...Read more

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Can I have sex with my husband after having a herpes outbreak and it still itches sometimes. There are no blisters. The outbreak has been gone.

Can I have sex with my husband after having a herpes outbreak and it still itches sometimes. There are no blisters. The outbreak has been gone.

Misinformed?: Herpes contagiousness has no correlation to having sores. This is new information. Herpes is caught through viral shedding. Viral shedding happens at unpredictable rates and times. Sores do not in any way predict virus. ...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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I have a rash under my bottom lip. Don't have any other symptoms of herpes like burning urine or sores "down there" it doesn't hurt just itches?

I have a rash under my bottom lip. Don't have any other symptoms of herpes like burning urine or sores "down there" it doesn't hurt just itches?

Rash: It would be rash of me to try and suggest a diagnosis without seeing this eruption. You need to be examined by a doctor and have suggestions made for cause and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I contracted herpes hsv 1 from a sexworker 17 years back. After the sex I develop small bumps one head of the penis which itches. For last two years?

I contracted herpes hsv 1 from a sexworker 17 years back. After the sex I develop small bumps one head of the penis which itches. For last two years?

Details matter: Hsv 1 on face??? or genital? How do you know the source? Was it cultured? Treated? Now you have something else not related to hsv. A clue is "after the sex"........what kind of sex? Condom? Lubricant or other material used by either participant? Since it appears only after sex it is not related to foreskin. Consider an irritation or allergy related to something used during sex or used by another p ...Read more

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Do I have genital herpes?! I have no bumps but my vulva is bright red and itches like crazy. This is the second time since I've had sex.

Do I have genital herpes?! I have no bumps but my vulva is bright red and itches like crazy. This is the second time since I've had sex.

Probably not herpes: Vaginal itching and vulva redness is more likely due to a yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, or trichomonasis. Herpes can cause itching but more likely to be painful also. The lesions of herpes are more like blisters or open sores than bumps. The best way to determine what is causing the problem is to have it evaluated by a doctor who can then provide proper treatment. ...Read more

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Do I have herpes or hiv? I kissed a guy with an open sore now my mouth itches burns and tingles. What do I have? Its been a week since we kissed

Do I have herpes or hiv? I kissed a guy with an open sore now my mouth itches burns and tingles. What do I have? Its been a week since we kissed

Need exam: May just be anxiety. But when was the last time you had std testing? It could be nothing, or it could be prodromal symptoms for herpes. Are you having any bumps, any discharge, any other symptoms? Make an appointment to see a doc. ...Read more

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I have a red rash that itches on my groin. The doc said its shingles but I'm not buying it. I think it's genital herpes? Any advice? What should I do

I have a red rash that itches on my groin. The doc said its shingles but I'm not buying it. I think it's genital herpes? Any advice? What should I do

Both are herpes: Viruses. Herpes zoster (shingles) are almost always on one side in a band like pattern and simplex can be on both sides at the same time if occurring for the first time but if recurrent usually just a small patch. Shingles is uncommon but can occur in a 29 year old. ...Read more

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Had sex w a dif kind of condom. 2days later got a rash, itches so bad doesn't burn when I pee. But tiny red dots all over. Herpes or just an allergy?

Had sex w a dif kind of condom. 2days later got a rash, itches so bad doesn't burn when I pee. But tiny red dots all over. Herpes or just an allergy?

Contact allergy: Herpes don't itch and the time of onset is compatible with a contact allergy to the condom with latex being the likely suspect. Some latex brands are more allergenic than others. ...Read more

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Does herpes look like jock itch? Could it look like a skin yeast infection? Dr. thinks I have jock itch. But rash has been in bikini line for 2months.

Does herpes look like jock itch? Could it look like a skin yeast infection? Dr. thinks I have jock itch. But rash has been in bikini line for 2months.

For sure not herpes: No doctor is likely to mix up herpes with the kind of rash caused by jock itch (or its equivalent in women). And herpes outbreaks never last 2 months -- each outbreak always clears up entirely within a couple weeks. There is no chance this is herpes. ...Read more

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Does herpes leaves dark marks like jock itch, I have in my buttocks darkdiscoloration, doctors says itwas for fungus, but I neverdo the STD test.

Does herpes leaves dark marks like jock itch, I have in my buttocks darkdiscoloration, doctors says itwas for fungus, but I neverdo the STD test.

No.: Herpes doesn't cause the same skin discoloration that fungus causes. Also the dark discoloration can be a sign of pre-diabetes (insulin resistance) in patients who are overweight. ...Read more

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jock itch for a year but I tested negative for HIV and all other STD but haven't tested for herpes just itchy groin thighs and but tucks (witch hazel).

jock itch for a year but I tested negative for HIV and all other STD but haven't tested for herpes just itchy groin thighs and but tucks (witch hazel).

Fungal infection: By far the most common cause of this is an annoying but harmless fungal infection of the skin. Fungi like to live where it's warm and moist. Simple measures to correct this are changing underwear twice a day (since undies absorb sweat), drying thoroughly after washing, using baby powder, and over-the-counter anti-fungal agents (like those used for athlete's foot). If that fails, see dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a herpe in between my buttocks it itches and hurts. I’m also pregnant should I go to the ER?

I have a herpe in between my buttocks it itches and hurts. I’m also pregnant should I go to the ER?

Medication: If you are having a herpes outbreak then you can just get a prescription for medication to help decrease the symptoms and shorten the duration of the outbreak. The ER is not an efficient way to do that. Contact your doctor or consider a virtual visit on HEALTHTAP right now. ...Read more

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Single flesh colored bump on the lips of my vagina. So small the doctor had to have me point it out. Not herpies, but itches. Suggestions?

Single flesh colored bump on the lips of my vagina. So small the doctor had to have me point it out. Not herpies, but itches. Suggestions?

Wart is possible: It could possibly be a papilloma, otherwise known as a genital wart. There are treatments available for relief of itching and to remove it. ...Read more

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Jock itch! How can I get my mind off the itching?

Jock itch! How can I get my mind off the itching?

Treat infection: Treat the cause! If an infection, often fungal, most over-the-counter preparations are effective if you are compliant with the regimen for 1-2 weeks. Terbinafine, miconazole, Clotrimazole are common meds used to treat this. A topical steroid such as Hydrocortisone may be used at the same time to treat itching. If not infection related, make sure your clothing is not a cause. Is it too tight, etc. ...Read more

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After starting the jock-itch cream when is the itching and discomfort going to go away?

Jock itch: Provided you use the correct medication, the itch and discomfort should start disdappearing within a week or shorter.
Be sure to conitnue applying the cream until the lesions are completely gone. If what you use does not work, it will be better to use a medication prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Jock itch cream help with vaginal itching?

Jock itch cream help with vaginal itching?

Tolnaftate: Topical tolnaftate is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, and ringworm and is also used to treat infections of the nails, scalp, palms, and soles of the feet. It is safe. If your itching is due to superficial fungus it may help. ...Read more

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Cure for scrotum redness. I am using cream for jock itch. Does not seem to be working have been using 3-4 days with no relief. Also itching. Nothing?

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Cure for scrotum redness. I am using cream for jock itch. Does not seem to be working have been using 3-4 days with no relief. Also itching. Nothing?

Here are some. ..: Intractable itch on the sac may result from allergy, inflammation, yeast infection or autoimmune disorders; examples are tinea (yeast skin infection), atopic dematitis, psoriasis, lichen sclerosus, contact dermatitis, etc. How to manage it for short and long-term benefits? See dermatologist for detail. Note: Cure is impossible but it can be modified and contained. ...Read more

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Hello dic, I ve got severe itching betwen thighs nd private part. Similar to jock itch. Itz been 3 weeeks itz not going. I ve got on face also. Plz help me?

Hello dic, I ve got severe itching betwen thighs nd private part. Similar to jock itch. Itz been 3 weeeks itz not going. I ve got on face also. Plz help me?

Yeast irritation: Your age and symptoms makes yeast or jock itch a possibility. There are over the counter remedies at your pharmacy. Hairdryer the area after each shower. If not better in a few days, go see your doc. It can spread, so wash your hands, avoid scratching. Be well. ...Read more

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I suffer from itching in the groin part area. It's producing liquid and that stinks. Please help. It's like it's swelling and it moist a lot. As what I research, they call it jock itch but it's like a wound that producing liquid. I'm taking antibiotic ca

I suffer from itching in the groin part area. It's producing liquid and that stinks. Please help. It's like it's swelling and it moist a lot. As what I research, they call it jock itch but it's like a wound that producing liquid. I'm taking antibiotic ca

See dermatologist: You may have a sweat gland problem with infection of these glands. Often the armpits are involved as well. You need to consult a dermatologist for the Rx which may include a certain type of antibiotic, use of antiperspirant, and on some occasions surgery. ...Read more

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Jock Itch (Definition)

Also known as Tinea Cruis, this is a fungal infection of the skin in the groin area that turns the ...Read more


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Itch (Definition)

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