Is this an STI?

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I have been getting this off and on for quite some time (like maybe even a year) but nowadays its almost constantly on. It is really itchy and sometimes sore. sometimes after toileting i find myself wiping furiously without thinking as a way to subconsciously have a good scratch down there I guess. The picture is of when it was particularly bad. on this day I also had some mild eczema running all the way up my bum crack but it is usually just the raw skin. its only ever on the left hand side. never spreads to the right. I have piles so I'm wondering if it could have anything to do with that but I'm also terrified that maybe it might be herpes or something. It seems to be made worse by sweating but I'm not sure it that is the cause. it always feels better after a good long soak in the bath but that doesn't necessarily make it look any better.!


Its stressing me out and I can't book a doctors appointment at the moment due to the pandemic.

Thanks for your time.

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    this is a better picture if the computation of the perineal soreness

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    try and have some sitzs baths to calm things down and take some antihistamines for the itching. It looks a bit like lichen sclerosus. Try to take care of yourself for now while you can't see a doctor... I am sorry you are going through this

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    Hi rosa,

    The fact that you have eczema is highly significant. It doesn't look like herpes but if you are worried, you should get tested for STDs including herpes. I suspect you have genital eczema (not lichen sclerosis) and the best way of treating the condition is to apply emollients (moisturiser) to the affected area regularly. A bath will soothe the area temporarily but you should moisturise the area after bathing with emollients that are used for eczema- e.g. Diprobase, Aveeno, E45, Neutrogena, etc. Also consider using Oilatum or Balneum bath oil and washing with Oilatum soap.

    More self-care information can be found here:


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