Difference Between Pimples and Herpes Sore

A bump on your genital area may be a simple pimple or some infection like herpes. Herpes is one of the most common infection affecting that area.

Hence, it’s worthwhile differentiating its lesions from a simple pimple.

Appearance

If you observe carefully, the two appear quite different. A pimple is a hard to firm elevation above the skin. It appears tight. It is filled with a white pasty material inside. This is sebum. The surface of a simple pimple appears just as your skin. Until infected, there is no head over it.

Infected Pimple

Infected Pimple

If it gets infected, a pimple may present differently. It becomes larger in size. As the pasty material inside it becomes infected, the pimple softens. Pus replaces sebum to fill the pimple. It may be soft to firm to touch. This pimpl may become smelly.

 

 

 

Herpes Lesion

Herpes in Genital area

Bumps you get in herpes are small. They are more like blisters and usually appear in clusters or groups, unlike pimples. They are soft to firm to touch. They appear transparent and are filled with a clear fluid inside.

Surrounding Skin

Skin surrounding a pimple is your normal skin. However, if it gets infected, skin around the base of the pimple may become red and slightly swollen.

In herpes, skin surrounding the little bumps is red in color and looks irritated. You get a constant burning sensation over it.

Number of Bumps

Usually, pimples are solitary, or one to two in number over your genital area. In cases where they are infected, the infective material from inside them may spill out affecting the near by skin. This may give rise to a few more pimples.

Herpes always produces lesions in group. A minimum would be two or more in number. Usually there are five to six bumps in a cluster.

Symptoms

Whereas, pimples are symptom less, Herpes always gives some symptoms.

It is essentially a viral infection affecting the skin. There is a typical burning sensation in the affected area of the skin. Some lesions may itch.

There is no pain unless you get an add on bacterial infection over the herpes lesion.

Pimples are quiet, until they get infected. Infected pimples may pain, present with pus inside them that requires drainage.

Location

While herpes affects the genital regions, pimples may occur anywhere over the body where you have oil secreting glands. This may include your face, armpits, nape of the neck, back, groin area etc.

Herpes lesions are common in the genital region. There may be lesions near the mouth in some cases.

Both these conditions affect the teens and early adult life. It’s advisable to consult a doctor and go for a physical examination of the lesions for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

How Herpes Looks in Men?

Herpes is essentially a viral infection affecting the skin. Since it is genitally transmitted, the affected areas include the genitals, skin surrounding the anal opening and area around the mouth, in certain cases where oral sex is practiced.

  • In men, you find all general symptoms that you get in a viral fever. This would include fever, headache, fatigue or muscle aches. There is a general feeling of not being well.
  • Then you see blisters appearing over the genital area. Commonly, they may appear over the upper part of penis, scrotal sacs, around the anus, inner thighs.
  • They are small and occur in group. They area filled with a clear fluid. There is a pricking or burning sensation over and around these blisters.
  • Gradually, these blisters may rupture to ulcerate. At this stage, bacteria may get attracted to grow over the ulcers. It may pain.
  • Ulcers scab with time and finally heal.

How Herpes Looks in Women?

The presentation of the disease is similar as in men. There are general symptoms of any viral fever. Blisters appear over the genital area. The areas commonly affected area the labia, lower inner vagina, around the anus, area between the vagina and the anus.

Women show an additional symptom, as compared to men. There may be a vaginal discharge. This off white to yellow in color. There is pain during sex and urination.

Role of Condoms In Preventing Herpes

Condoms are not 100% efficient is preventing the disease from getting transmitted. This is so because apart from spreading through body fluids, the disease also spreads through viral shedding.

Superficial cells of the affected skin area continuously sheds off with the virus in it. This shed skin may touch the partner’s normal skin to infect it.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Distinguishing Between Herpes and Genital Pimples

  1. nd

    I have pimple white head on clitoris and some are in small size on top of clitoris. They pain less. What to do. Please tell me cream to get rid of it.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      If you are sexually active, it is advisable to rule out the possibility of STDs. You may visit a doctor for genital examination.

      You may read more about genital pimples.

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  2. disturbed

    I have one single small bump that is painful, close to the hair line in my labia near my vaginal opening. I am only sexually active with one person and neither one of us have stds. It just randomly popped up. I don’t know what it is but I would love to get rid of it what is this. It has me freaking out.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Likely to be an infected pimple. Apply mupirocin (bactroban) antibiotic ointment over it for a week. It will subside gradually.

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    2. terri

      Sounds like herpes. Go to a doctor and you must ask specifically for a herpes test, otherwise you will only be tested for other stds. (gonorhea, syphillis, etc) Don’t wait!

      Reply
  3. RA

    I’m a 19 year old girl and puberty probably started when I was 8. I became sexually active at 17. I’ve had pimples developing in my groin area, on my bum, and armpits and sides, like wear my bra is, since I was 10 years old. The pimples are only on the outer labia and in the crease between thigh and labia and on my inner thighs. They are larger than facial pimples and are painful and they tend to come back. When drained the pus is usually accompanied by blood. I’ve never seen a doctor about it but when I had my first exam with a gynecologist at 17 she didn’t say anything. Also, I find it kind of odd that none of my sexual partners ever had a problem with it; I’ve always been embarrassed about it.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Recurrent pimples can be a cause of worry. This may be related to your lifestyle and diet.

      Pimples erupt at places which are moist, infrequently washed and tightly clothed.

      To stop them, take a warm bath daily. Soaps are not required every day, a mild gel would be enough. Wear loose cotton clothes, when ever possible, as at night times.

      Watch your diet. Take less of fried fatty stuff and caffeine drinks. They lead to pimple formation. Consume more of fresh fruits and vegetables, which are natural detoxifiers. Drink plenty of plain water.

      Read more on recurrent pimples on vagina.

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  4. JustAGal

    Few months ago, I had a pimple on my outer labia on the left side and it first seemed like an ingrown hair but I think it was a pimple. I never had acne on my face so I had nothing to compare it to! Well just now I was in the bathroom and realized the bump is back and I shave completely this time using a cheaper razor though and cheaper shave cream so I’m thinking it’s from that but this time instead of the bump being just hard and round it was fragile and upon examining it it popped (gross ik). I was disgusted because pus was filled in it after wiping that all out blood followed and I looked hard to make sure I had no more bumps and to make sure this one wasn’t a blister or something that’s more alarming. It had one dot in the middle like a hair would grow from it like a pimple but like I said I never had acne so I wonder if this is a pimple please help! I haven’t been sexually active for years but I do shave and just got back from Vegas and Cali where it was very hot and all my underwear were not cotton plus my partner lives out there and we didn’t have sex just touching down there could that cause this bump? I’m worried.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This is likely to be an ingrown hair that has become infected. The infection could have come from touching down there with contaminated hands, or may be too much of trapped moisture contributed to it.

      Pubic hair are thick and curly and so they have a tendency to form ingrown hair.

      Just keep the area clean and dry. Since it has been drained already, your bump is likely to get better on its own in 3 to 5 days.

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  5. Stacey d.

    Me and my boyfriend have pimples and we had them for 2 days already. We are in our teens 14 and 16. We did not have sex, but we make out we do not know what to do. The pimples are on our lips. Please help, people think that we have herpes but we know we do not. We do not know what to think. HELP!

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      All pimples present on the lips are definitely not herpes. It is common to get pimples anywhere over the body in your age group.

      Let us know the exact locations of the pimples. How many are they in number? Are they present on the genitals as well? Are they painful? Do they seem to have pus inside them.

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      1. nate

        hi im have sum at first a lil cluster of pimples / blisters above of my penis area.. say at first maybe 7-10 of them..now its all red dont hurt that much really like a slight burn barley noticeable…but it i think poped n it scabed with yellow puss n formed into looks like one ..is that herps you think

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    2. jasmine

      The ‘doc’ here is giving very bad and health endangering advice. Lip pimples are not acne, they are cold sores. Cold sores are a form of herpes. Lip herpes can transfer to another easily and can even transfer to genitals if oral sex is performed to a male or female.

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  6. stacey d.

    I am very sorry. I just found out that we do not have pimples, we have cold sore. Where do they come from. We need your help.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It’s alright. Both of you need to go to a doctor for examination. This is essential to rule out herpes.

      Herpes does not require sex to spread. It may spread while kissing someone carrying the virus, with no open ulcers or sores. You won’t come to know when you get infected.

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  7. Anonymous

    I’m 17 years old and I am sexually active with only 1 partner. My boyfriend has no sexual diseases, he was a virgin until we began having sex. I get these irritating itchy bumps that come in about more than 10 pimple like group and they are close by each other. I was examined by a doctor at a Women’s clinic and she claimed it as herpes, but I wasn’t exactly positive because I read that herpes can only be spread by those who are infected and I have never met anyone infected by Herpes. I am afraid that I could be diagnosed with herpes, What should I do?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Herpes lesions do come in clusters.

      Herpes may spread through kissing, hand contact or a simple fore play.

      It is recommended you get yourself screened for herpes. Nothing to worry, this is a treatable condition.

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    2. tyger

      Herpes is NOT curable but can be treated meaning meds for the rest of your life. And meds don’t make herpes go away. Women get worse and more frequent breakouts than men. Some get breakouts monthly that last for 14 days. Don’t trust everyone who tells you they do not have herpes. You are naive and endangering your health and now the health of others. Herpes is on the rise due to lies and non-diagnosis.

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  9. Julie

    I have pimples on my vagina. I am sexually active. But I don’t wanna go to the doctor because I don’t want my mom to know. Any creams you can suggest?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It is recommended that you go to a doctor for a physical exam. These simple looking pimples may be an early sign of some STD. Read above in detail.

      For the mean time, you may apply mupirocin over these pimples. This is an antibiotic cream. It may help.

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  10. jack in tacoma

    I recently discovered a swollen are on the right side shaft of my penis. It seems symmetrical and overall has a reddish color. It is raised and has 4 dark colored spots on it. It does cause discomfort occasionally if it rubs on my clothes. I have been working lately in hot conditions and have to wear a neoprene suit that cause me to sweat a great deal generally soaking all my clothes, as I am in this suit for hours. I do dry off and change clothes afterward but can’t shower for a couple hours till I get home. I have had jock itch before and this seems similar I am treating it with an antifungal product but wanted a second opinion.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      This is very likely to be a fungal infestation. Is the lesion responding to the anti fungals you are using?

      Just keep the area clean and dry. Wash it twice daily with plain water. Soaps or gels are not required there. These may lead to dryness of the mucosal skin.

      Avoid friction while movements over the lesion.

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      1. jack in tacoma

        Yes it has been. The rash has gone down and the redness is gone. The spots are still there but seem smaller. Thank you for the tip. I think the soap has dried it out a little.

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  11. Katie

    I have a few small, relatively flat bumps near my vagina (around the actual opening, on both sides) that itch like crazy when irritated. I am a virgin, and have only ever done other sexual actions with one person, who is also a virgin. I have been experiencing this itch down there for about two months. It isn’t a problem, and doesn’t bother me until it’s stimulated, which has allowed me to tolerate it for so long. Any ideas as to what I’m experiencing?

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  12. Anonymous

    I have had little white bumps all over my labia (both of them) and anywhere on my vagina where hair doesn’t grow excepting my clitoris and vagina hole. I am sexually active, but I have had these for years before that. They don’t itch or hurt, but are clustery. They are small and white, and I can pop them and make pus come out. They don’t seem to disappear though, like permanent pimples. Every once in a while I get a real red pimple down there and it goes away instantly. I have had this one though that has been there for months and won’t pop, like it is solid. It is the size of a normal pimple and has no coloration. I also recently had a pimple develop on my minor labia, and it does hurt, but it popped and a little pus came out, it just hasn’t gone. My mother had an STD when I was born but they vaccinated me for a few days before releasing me. Am I okay?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      It’s not normal to have such pimples down there. It is recommended that you visit a gynecologist for physical exam.

      This may be some STD lesions.

      Reply
  13. Ana

    First off in 22 and had my son at age 19. While I was pregnant I started getting these blister like sores. At first I thought was a pimple and I popped it. It was very painful. It oozed and bled. I regularly saw an ob/gyn and they never brought up the bumps. They kept coming back and they were painful, more so when I walked a lot. After they went away within days some times weeks they started leaving these scar looking marks. They were hollow in the middle. It wasn’t until the day I had my son (by c-section) that one nurse pointed out “what are those” I told her I don’t know and she looked worried but asked “maybe cysts?” I have been worried they might be hpv or herpes. But I have looked up both and my bumps look nothing like either. These bumps come and go and I feel like they happen mostly when I walk too much and irritate myself. I forgot to mention from the beginning where the bumps are. They are mostly in the crease of my leg/thigh and outer vaginal lips. They almost seem they are identically to each other although sometimes they flare up mostly on the right side. Done times I see pimple like bumps on my actual vaginal lip and once on the inner lip. It went away. This last week I’ve been in discomfort and slight pain because I’ve been over active and they flared up on both sides and today one much much closer to my vaginal lip. Small pea sized and seems to glow slightly in size when agitated. I am seriously afraid it could be hpv because when I was a teen I was getting the hpv vaccine but never returned for my final dose. Please help!

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You may get yourself screened for herpes.

      Also, make sure you are wearing loose cotton underwear most of the time. This is to allow ventilated in the groin area. Accumulation of moisture down there leads to pimple formation.

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  14. Meyer

    Hi! I’m a 19 year old boy. This morning I just noticed a pimple like object above my penis where my pubic hair is. I was given unprotected oral sex about 5 months ago. It looks just like a pimple and I’m probably just being paranoid. Do I have to worry about any STDs?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Start treating it like a pimple. Apply mupirocin ointment over it, thrice daily.

      Let us know if it does not improve.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Be observant. If they grow or discharge or show any suspicious sign, as listed above, you may go to a doctor.

      Otherwise, it may be a simple pimple that is likely to go away with time.

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  15. Joseph Perez

    Hello I am a male, 20 years old. About two weeks ago after receiving oral sex from a female friend, immediately after I knew something wasn’t feeling right I had a tingling sensation when wearing clothes at the head of my penis and it was tender and sore. Went to my school doctor a week after that we tested for =chlamydia & gonorrhea which both came back negative she said it was Non-Gonococcal-urethritis cause by a bacteria infection, I was put on doxycycline for 7 days twice daily and my symptoms are gone and I feel a lot better. But call me paranoid but she did take a swab of my urethra to rule out herpes but that test takes weeks and I’m feeling uneasy and nervous I had no discharge or sores with my NGU, and just my luck I get a ingrown pubic hair yesterday which was completely painless it did hurt or even burst open with any fluid. I literally pulled the hair out & put some rubbing alcohol and it’s literally almost gone it’s dark at the base (I’m African-American) and a light pink at the center with dried edges cause of rubbing alcohol, am I being paranoid? Or should I be worried? Even though I tested negative for the other two, is there a chance it may be something else?

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  16. Josh

    I am a 16 year old male. I am a virgin and have never had any type of sexual intercourse. I do masturbate, and I have 4 red pimples on my scrotum, they irritate me. They do not hurt unless they rub against my clothes. I put rubbing alcohol on them and they feel better after a couple minutes of extreme pain. Any ideas what it could be?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      May be clogged sebaceous glands. If they are red or irritate you, start applying mupirocin ointment over each of them, twice daily for a week.

      If they don’t bother you, leave them as such. They’ll regress on their own with time.

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  17. Tori

    Hey I have an yeast infection. I do not get itches but it burns a lot. I recently noticed parts of the inside of my vaginal wall appearing chewed up. CAN YEAST EAT MY VAGINAL WALL? This is URGENT, please help!

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      No, yeast infection cannot eat up the walls. If you are sexually active, you need to get screened for STDs.

      It may be herpes.

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      1. Tori

        Not even if you have had it for a few years ?? I have never been sexually active and this chewed up bit is on the inside of the vulva walls (the pink area). At first it was small but now it seems as tho it has grown in size and the vulva becomes red and sore at nights and the area hurts a lot. I also notice a lot of flow out now. That’s why I asked.

        I remember i think I hurt the vulva from stretching but at the same time i was douching apple cider vinegar. That’s around the same time I started noticing the increase flow of the vaginal yeast. Now it hurts as hell and it is especially painful during night time. Worried

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        1. Tori

          Not even if you have had it for a few years? I have never been sexually active and this chewed up bit is on the inside of the vulva walls (the pink area). At first it was small but now it seems as though it has grown in size and the vulva becomes red and sore at nights and the area hurts a lot. I also notice a lot of flow out now. That’s why I asked.

          I remember I think I hurt the vulva from stretching but at the same time I was douching apple cider vinegar. That’s around the same time I started noticing the increase flow of the vaginal yeast. Now it hurts as hell and it is especially painful during night time. Worried.

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          1. Buddy M.D. Post author

            This sounds like an infection. You need to get examined to know what infection it is.

            It may be yeast. For that, anti fungals like canesten, needs to be used twice daily for a week.

  18. Winsome Hinson

    Woke up this morning and felt two to three watery looking bumps on the outside of labia. I had felt a slight irritation for few days before but didn’t think much of it. I’m curious as to what could cause this and if it’s imperative I see a doctor. Thank you.

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  19. Confused

    I am an African American Lesbian. My partner and I were recently diagnosed with Trichomoniasis last year. Her doc gave us both meds and that was that. However, after that I started experiencing 2 bumps on my left rectum cheek, in the crease, almost at the bottom of my vagina. I had, had ingrown hairs before when I shaved but this one was out of control so I went to the ER the Doc cut it open and it was Funky as you know what! he drained it and I didn’t go back because I felt like it would heal on its own and when he poked me it hurt really bad but I was relieved so I didn’t follow up. So I started noticing that near my menstrual cycle this bump-because he sliced both of them and made it one-became more frequent. I thought it might have been because it never fully healed. It’s hard to keep that part of rectum dry. I do wear boxers if that helps. So anyway, I went to get a full STD test HIV/herpes everything they did a blood and urine test and told me I tested positive for Herpes 2 Genital herpes. I immediately asked my partner (again) who she slept with and we both referred back to earlier when she got tested at her docs. But the problem is that test did not test for herpes just the standard sti’s. She has moderate acne that comes and goes so it’s really hard to say. Is this just my way of coping or denial. Or do my symptoms line up. They did not test my bumps as I had been taking extra effort to keep dry because of the frequency and this last period I did not have a bump.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      If you have been tested positive for herpes, you are likely to be carrying the germ.

      Both you and your partner are likely to be infected.

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  20. April

    About a month ago, I noticed two small bumps on both sides of my outer vagina. Two days later, they grew in size. It’s like the bump was under the skin. The outside skin looks normal. No change in skin color. They were very uncomfortable. They only bothered me when I was walking. So I did warm compress and hot baths. It drained, I cleaned them, and they went away. Two days ago, I got them again. 2 of them. Its kind of embarrassing with my husband. I’m sure my husband is faithful and I am too. What could these things be? What can I do to make sure they don’t come back?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      They may be pimples. Pimples which have pus in them may recur due to repeat infections. The pus inside them may touch the surrounding area to give rise to another pimple.

      Just keep the area clean and dry. Start applying mupirocin (bactroban) ointment over the pimples, twice daily for a week.

      If the recur, may be you need to get screened for STDs.

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  21. Vanessa

    I have what appears to be a white flat long sore on my labia majora. What could this be? It’s not in clusters. It’s the one longish sore like thing. It burns a lot but doesn’t itch.

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  22. Anonymous

    I took the tests and it isn’t herpes, vdrl, hiv or hep B. I already visited the Gyne, awaiting results for test. What else do you think it is likely to be? I am a virgin by the way. It’s freaking me out, it’s like the inside of my labia is eating away.

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      1. Vanessa

        Ok, along with the std tests, I did pelvic ultrasound, CBC, RBS, urine and microscopic culture and sensitivity and Genitals swabs. She scraped piece of the sore and placed it into some brownish liquid. Anyways results are back. She said everything is normal. No yeasts, no bacteria, std, uterus is fine. So she wonders if I stuck my finger up my vagina.

        A month ago, my bf and I were dry humping with our clothes off and he was jabbing me with his penis a bit till it was sore. South of the hymen was bleeding a bit but that has stopped and then I notice this sore or bruise? If it is a bruise then why hasn’t it healed by a month? And it appears jagged. What do you think?

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          Delay in healing may occur commonly due to two causes, either there is some constant irritation over the affected area or you have high blood sugar levels.

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          1. Vanessa

            My blood sugar tests came back neg. It was 5.0 and the standard range is 3.5 to 6.1 on the sugar test result, so that’s normal?

  23. Ashley

    I have a few itchy pimple looking spits with white heads either side of my vagina on my buttocks. They are irritating and the area that they are in is very red and raw. I have recently stopped breast feeding. I have been using canasten cream but it seems to be getting worse.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      If you are sexually active, you may have to rule out the presence of STDs.

      For now, you may start applying mupirocin ointment over the affected area. Apply it twice daily for a week.

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      1. Ashley

        I have been to the doctor. He said it was folliculitis but he didn’t really look properly. There are no visible sores around the vulva and the sores that are present on my buttocks are filled with white pus. Does this seem like folliculitis or herpes?

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          This appears to be infected glands or hair follicles of the area.

          You need to keep the area clean and dry. All secretions, be it sweat, urine or feces are irritants for the skin. Wash the area with plain water twice every day. Then apply some moisturizer / emollient over the area.

          Apply mupirocin over the pimples twice daily.

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  24. Terry taylor

    One morning, I woke up with a raised yellow/red head on the middle of my penis shaft. I popped it and yellow stuff and blood came out of it. I showered straight after, but a week or two later, I got a couple red dots around my shaft and penis head. I also noticed I got an increase in dots half an hour after sex on the head of my penis. Can you help me out on this, thanks.

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      1. Buddy M.D. Post author

        Likely to be an infection. You may need to take antibiotics for this.

        You need to see a doctor for examination.

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  25. Larah

    I’ve got a really sore pimple. Should I pop it with a butter knife or a sharp knife or should I try to suck it in with the vaccuum cleaner. Sorry if it’s gross but what to do. I feel like jumping off a cliff right now. On my gen gens.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Just start doing warm compresses over it. This would soften the skin over the bump and help in drainage, if possible.

      Also, after the warm compress, apply mupirocin ointment over it.

      This needs to be done twice daily.

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    2. Savanna Wilson

      I’m a 16 year old lesbian and me and my girlfriend have are very sexually active. So lots of oral but what she also does is get on top of me and grind so there’s a lot of sweat and semen around our vaginal areas. She’s never had sex before but in the past year I have had sex with 2 other girls once. I spoke with my girlfriend and she gets them too sometimes, as for me this is only the second time but I have these pimples all over on the top of my vagina, they all have little white heads and when they pop pus comes out like a regular pimple on your face. I get clusters of them on the top and they are pretty painful. I put antibiotic and tea tree oil as well as a hot towel. The first time it went away in a few days. This is now my second time getting it, it feels the same. What is it? Or they just pimples from the sweat, semen and friction? Or they something else?

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      1. Buddy M.D. Post author

        Likely to be infected pimples. You’re getting more of them as you’re very active sexually. Sexual activities increase glandular secretions.
        Antibiotic creams should work over them.

        However, since you have had more than one partner, it’s advisable you get yourself screened for the presence of any STD.

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  26. Eaton

    Hi I had protected sex and hours after I had a slightly raised pimple on penis glan with two stores on shaft foreskin help plz

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Do they itch, pain or burn? Are they red in color or is the area around them red or swollen?

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  27. Trevor

    I had uprotected sex 3.5 weeks ago. Two days ago i looked at my scrotum for the first time and noticed about 15 reddish bumps where my scrotum and penis meet. There is no pain or iching and doesn’t bother to touch them. I have noticed that at least half of them have hair coming out of them as well. I’m going to guess these have been there longer but 2 days ago was the first day I looked. They are a lot more visible the more I stretch the skin as well as faintly seeing more the harder I stretch.

    I have not have any fever or feeling ill but I have had some light tingling in my thighs (both sides) for about 2 weeks now (could be a bad laundry detergent) and last night my right leg felt sore but I just woke up with a very small calf cramp. I have also noticed my butt gets “sore” when I sit for a while but feels better when I stand up.

    Maybe I’m being paranoid and a hypochondriac but it’s worrysome. Basically I’m hoping alright because
    A- the bumps have hairs coming out most of them
    B- they don’t hurt or itch or anything for at least a couple days now
    C- I don’t feel sick (assuming I would if bumps present)
    D- my tingling lasts about 5 seconds and goes away and it’s over a wide area.
    E- my butt feels better if I get up and move (both sides)

    As a side note, one particular spot just below the head of the penis has hurt (feels like a sliver but not) since the morning after… no spots or marks almost 4 weeks after.

    Please let me know what you think. Thank you

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    1. Trevor

      Sorry, forgot to add. All day I’m fine but feel a slight agitation when I pee, but only seems to happen at the end of the day.

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    2. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Appear to be a cluster of pimples. They commonly erupt this way in young adulthood. There seems nothing to worry. Just keep the area clean and dry. Wear loose cotton underwear to assure ventilation there. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. Drink adequate water.

      However, if they start itching or growing in size, see a doctor for physical examination.

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  28. Michelle

    I have had several tests for STDs in the past 4 years because of pregnancy. I have never had any test come back positive or abnormal. I have only been with my husband. For years I have had these breakouts mostly after friction on the inside at the top of my vagina. They go away after a couple of weeks. Sometimes there is itching. There are about ten small white pimple like bumps every time.

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      1. Rai

        I am 19 years old and sexually active. For the past week I have been experiencing light, light/medium brown discharge (or maybe it’s blood I’m really not sure). It doesn’t smell. On a panty liner it feels slightly sticky. It’s thin. I have no pain, no itching, no smell. I am on the depo provera birth control shot and I have been for 5 years now. Ever since I started getting the shot I have not had a period and I have not spotted even the slightest so i am not sure what’s really going on. Could this be mild bleeding (my shot isn’t due for a month) or could this be a sign of an std that I need to be checked for?

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          This doesn’t appear as an STD. It’s likely to be related to your shots. If you continue to get that discharge, you need to talk to your gyne. A check up may be required.

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  29. Rise

    I’m sexually active, so 6weeks after my last unprotected sex, I develope back pain, mouth ulcer and fluid filled blisters in cluster above my public area,now I’m having jock itch.
    Is this herpes

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    1. Rise

      By the way, my jock itch respond to anti fungal cream, i ask my partner she told me she hadoesn’t jock itch before

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  30. ThatOneGuy

    I just had sex with my girlfriend a couple days ago and I started noticing a few pimples around the pubic hair area and didnt pay no mind to it, now the whole area is filled with what seems to be with small sized pimples this has never happened to me and I am freaking out. I have set up an appt with my doctor but until next monday, what should I do???

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      1. ThatOneGuy

        there is a lil itch around the area but no burn or any fluid no clusters its just weird and I am afraid. Its not the first time we have had intercourse I spoke with her about and she says that she does not have this problem and she says that she has no STD’s

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          1. Buddy M.D. Post author

            Looks like they are filled with some infected material. As you pop them, pus leaks out, infecting nearby healthy skin areas and may lead to more of such lesions.

            Better get them examined. Antibiotics may be needed.

  31. M.

    I have a single, tiny pimple like bump on my mons pubic. It’s painless,somewhat firm and doesn’t bother me at all. Some on my outter thighs too but they dried up and left blackheads sort of with spots. No pains, no itching, no pus, no discharge, no smell, no stings, no blood.

    Just pimple or should I be worried?

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  32. Donny

    Alright so I had protected sex about a week ago and a few days ago I started noticing these pimples on my inner thigh somewhat close to my genitals.. I popped one that was really far down my leg and another closer to my genitals. Those 2 are currently popped and there’s no more pus/clear stuff(couldn’t really tell the difference when I popped them) and they are both red with the blood dried over them(healing I assume). So I wake up the next day with 2 more lined up next to the one closer to my genitals and then another a couple inches away and I keep popping/kind of popping them and these two filled up with pus/liquid again and I saw them this morning. Some context: the girl was a virgin I wore a condom but our thighs rubbed together.. I also have been having pimple outbreaks kind of everywhere on my body, I’ve only have 3 showers in 7 days and it might be irrelevant but I have 6-8 chigger bites on my feet/ankle area. I have no bumps on my genitals at all and I’m a bit hairy around my legs and genitals, I am just anxious and confused. Also I had a soreness in my leg kind of around the area where these pimples were occurring but it was only for half a day and it’s gone now.. I don’t know what this could be I was assuming herpes, but I’m cautious when washing them and touching them because I’m afraid of it actually being herpes and it spreading to my genitals.. I don’t have the mupirocin cream Or want to go to my current doctor because he’s really cool and I’m too anxious and embarrassed to go to him.. Also I haven’t had this many pimple break out on this area ever.. I have before but not this many (4 in like a somewhat close area and one really far away).

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Though it’s unlikely to be herpes, we need to keep a close watch. If you notice an increase in the number of lesions or find when clustering up, you need to be checked up.

      For the while this looks like an outbreak of pimples. This may happen after sexual activities, as glands get stimulated to produce more secretions.

      Keep the area well washed and dry. Avoid friction over the pimples. Wear loose cotton underwears to keep the area airy.

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      1. Rob

        Two days ago I noticed a very tiny scab on underside if penis shaft after I woke up. It was very small… Maybe the size if a pin prick. I had noticed any sore, etc. prior to this. There was no pain (several days later I may have felt a slight sting like a cutwhen washing with shower gel, but I saw nothing… No ulcer… Felt nothing). I removed the scab and the wound was so small I could barely find it when I would try to look at it. There were no other scabs. There was a slightly Raj seed fordyce spot nearby, but that was it. I have been working outside and sweating a lot recently and also exercising. Is it likely herpes would cause such a small and single spot. And would it likely go undetected prior to scabbing? I assume a cut or irritated area of some sort could bleed overnight due to a morning erection. Went to utc and a swab was done on the tiny spot. Thank you.

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          If you are sexually active, herpes needs to be ruled out. Let us know what the swab test says.

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  33. Donny

    Also I forgot to mention I am getting a cold, stuffy nose and mucus but I think it was caused by me smoking a lot the last couple of days( I normally get sick after smoking)

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  34. Jennifer's wilson

    I’m 15 and sexually active I have these spots all over my labia on both sides and some are painful. Some aren’t, but I went to the doctors because I also have thrush but that is basically cleared up now and she saw these blisters what she called them and said they don’t look like herpes, but there so painful. When I wee and sting when I touch them, Someone help me!

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Since you have already been examined for herpes, we have to take the as infected pimples.

      Do they itch? What did she say they are?

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  35. nisha

    I was sexually active 10 year ago can it be possible to get first outbreak after 10 years, I got recurrent vaginal pimple 1 or 2 at a time, is it possible be herpes. I lost my virginity when I was 9 now am 20. My pimple got cure only by flucloxacilin and ceftrixone beside that also am getting pimple.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Likely to be infected pimple.

      Keep the area clean and dry. Avoid friction over the pimple while walking.

      Instead of taking oral antibiotics, try applying mupirocin/ bactroban ointments whenever you get a pimple that pains. These are antibiotic cream, to be used thrice daily.

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  36. nisha

    And also one thing I got it after I kept tampon about 3 days during mens .I kept it because I am not getting bleeding properly

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You know you need to change it frequently. This could be a cause for vaginal infections.

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  37. nisha

    Sorry. This pimple get ulcer too, and also I am not so immune person. I always get fever every year and get tonsil 3 or 4 times in a year. So, is it possible to get herpes after 10 year.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      If it ulcerates, you need to get it examined by a doctor for examination. It may be herpes.

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  38. M.

    Some days ago I wrote to you about a ‘pimple’ on my mons pubis. No pain or pus whatsoever.

    It turns out, it’s Molluscum contagiosum. I’ve got four of those ‘pimples’… one on vagina, three on my thighs ( dried up and turned black). I don’t know how I could have contracted that, I’ve not been sexually active for a while now. I’m so worried, is there something I can do? Medications?

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  39. lauren

    Doctor took second outbreak sore swab by disposable swab stick for culture and sensitive test but I don’t know whether they had done culture for viral or not. What type of sore occur? Is it painful to touch during initial stage?

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  40. lauren

    Sorry I forget to add is it the cause of herpes when I get ulcer in labia minora. Doctor took swab test for culture and sensitive test but second one outbreak. Can flucloxacillin and ceftrixone control the outbreak of herpes sore?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Ulcer over the labia may be because of herpes. This is very much possible.

      The above mentioned antibiotics may be given if you get ulcers to combat bacterial growths over it. However, they don’t kill the virus.

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  41. jenisha

    Can I get first outbreak of herpes after 10 year? Is it possible to get first outbreak after 10 year and am not so immune person.

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  42. jenisha

    I have got vaginal ulcer after I put same tampon for three days, and this is recurrent. And also I had sex 11 year ago so is it possible of herpes or tampon?

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  43. Al

    I had a small single pimple like blister on my foreskin. At first, I felt irritation then a small sore formed filled with white pus. Once it popped it left a small crater like but went away within a couple of days. My partner was tested for herpes because of a cyst she had on her outer labia but came back negative. She was told to come back for a syphilis test. Could I have syphilis? Or what could it?

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