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Dr. Martin Raff answered:

How to tell if it's a razor burn around anus or herpes?

Herpes simplex

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Must examine the lesions. Show these to a doctor.
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How can you tell the difference between razor burn and herpes?

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Razor burns are initially caused by the act of hair being pushed back into the follicle during the process of shaving. As a result, the follicles become inflamed and the skin turns red - may develop an ingrown hair and/or larger bumps. Herpes, however, forms small painful blisters. They usually appear as small fluid-filled painful blisters on the skin and mucous membrane of the body.
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Dr. Ryan Phasouk answered:

I think I have razor burn, but the area has had some tingling, should I go be tested for herpes?

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Testing for herpes would either involve a blood test or a culture of visible lesions/sores. If you are sexually active and have not been using protection, it may be prudent to get STD screening regardless of symptoms you may be experiencing right now.
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I thought I had a razor burn it was like a cut, a day later two bump arose with like a dimple on it, now idk if it's abcess or herpes.

See a dermatologist

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Possibly folliculitis due to close shave. Need exam by expert to define precisely. What part of body? First time? Pustules? Meanwhile can try a little OTC benzoyl peroxide gel.
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Dr. Joy M. Jackson answered:

Do i have herpes symptoms? i have hpv and have had warts. however i havent had them in 3 years. i started to notice one and now i am very itchy (only at night) and noticed after itching i have red bumps that look like razor burn. i havent had sex in 2 mon

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The description you give is not consistent with herpes, but it is still possible. Visit your doctor for an examination. If the area in question has resolved, you can request a herpes blood test that checks for antibodies for herpes type 1 & 2. If you are positive for type 2 then you have been exposed to genital herpes at some point. If the rash is still present then your doctor may be able to tell you if it is herpes or not by his/her clinical exam. Good luck.
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Red bump like things above vagina and near anus. about 4 days now. have scabbed. razor bumps/burn or herpes/other STD? seem to have spread.

See derm

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You have to see dermatologist for this problem because it could get out of control.
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Is it possible for inside razor burn to cause vaginal burning?

Unlikely

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Rajor burn would be on your hair-bearing area which is outside the vagina. Should probably get your vagina checked by your GYN Dr. in case you have an STD.
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How do you treat razor burn above the lips? It burns so bad and it's red and irritated?

Moisturize

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Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving.
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Dr. Oscar Novick answered:

I shaved my pubic area a week ago since then i have been burning when i go pee and i thought i had razor burn, but tis getting worse.

Uti needing treatmen

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It seems as if you have a urinary tract infection. See your doctor for evaluation and treatment
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Need some ways to eliminate razor burn?

Prevent it!

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Insure that you use fresh sharp blades vice dull blades. If the hair is more than several mm long – then trim it before shaving it. Wash the area before shaving – warm water can help to soften the hairs. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in the direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard.
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