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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

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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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 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?

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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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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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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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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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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Can herpes cut heal without itching?

Can herpes cut heal without itching?

Herpes simplex: If you are referring to a herpetic ulcer, it may or may not itch. Varies from person to person. ...Read more

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How long does itching last with herpes?

Herpes simplex: Itching is a subliminal form of pain. Herpes irritates nerve endings and this may last longer than the lesions which often resolve in 7-10 days but occasionally last appreciably longer. This is highly variable with the individuals involved. ...Read more

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Do herpes tend to start itching more after time?

Do herpes tend to start itching more after time?

No: Itching is not often significant with herpes 1 or 2. If itch is present at onset, it decreases as it heals. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can help with the itching as my herpes sores heal?

Is there anything that can help with the itching as my herpes sores heal?

Moisture: Vitamin e / or a good lip balm... As natural as possible... Is helpful - - for severe itching coolness/ice is helpful too! Good luck! ...Read more

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Which is the optimum remedy to soothe itching from herpes?

Emollient cream: A mild emollient cream should relieve the symptoms and rehydrate the skin after the dermatitis resolves. ...Read more

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5 yrs ago to now had some on and off reacurr. Itching then when scratchd burned. No sores noticed or pain. Went to doc when itched. No sores. Herpes?

5 yrs ago to now had some on and off reacurr. Itching then when scratchd burned. No sores noticed or pain. Went to doc when itched. No sores. Herpes?

Genital Herpes Hurts: If you are talking about sore on your penis, I doubt that you have herpes of the genitals.
Typically a person feels slightly ill or tired for a day or two and then painful blisters arise, lasting seven to ten days, sometimes with painful swellings in your inguinal area.
Recurrent itching raises the possibility of fungal infection of the penis. ...Read more

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33 yr old female, herpes but no breakouts. Treated self for yeast, still itching. Why?

33 yr old female, herpes but no breakouts. Treated self for yeast, still itching. Why?

It may be vaginitis: It's probably not yeast if you have treated your self already for this. It may be a vaginitis. The best way to find out is with a vaginal exam. Other organisms like Chlamidia, over growth of natural bacteria, vaginal dryness, even the different days during the menstrual cycle make our hormones change the Ph, or acidity, of the vagina. Also vaginal douches may cause changes in the flora of the vagi ...Read more

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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more