Scary rash please help

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15 days ago i noticed several red spots on my penile glans (head), red in colour and spaced apart, perhaps ever so slightly raised but flat on top, i went to the local hospital and the doctor immediately announced that he suspects herpes but its been 15 days and the spots haven't changed at all, no filling with pus, no cracking, no pain and no itching. I would have expected herpes to go through different phases in 15 days.

I do have hsv1 as does my girlfriend that has only ever manifested as "regular" cold Sores on the lips so thats a factor to Consider.

Some other things worth taking into consideration, prior to the spots appearing i had a kidney infection due to lack of Water intake combined with excessive cola intake, i was sold tetracycline over the counter which I took to 5 days and when that didn't help i went to a docter and was given a course of cipro antibiotics which did clear the kidney infection. It was around the last day of the cipro that the spots appeared.

Also worth noting is that the night before the spots appeared i had run out of my regular shower gel so i used a bar shop, i actually made a lather on my hands and washed my penile head directly with it. During the night i felt an itch on my penile head and when i woke up the spots had manifested.

I had a test for hsv2igm and hsv2igg but the results will take a week and even at that i found out online that igm test cannot differentiate between hsv1 or hsv2 and the igg test needs 12weeks for antibodies to be present, of course the lab didn't tell me this when they were taking my money but basically when the results do come they'll probably be worthless false results.

I did have sexual contact with a stranger about a week prior to thd spots appearing but a condom was used, although herpes is a skin to skin issue from what I've read. It sounds like a herpes outbreak appears where the virus entered the skin and my penile head was inside a condom so that's not the point of contact.

I realise none of you can tell me what I desperately want to know but i feel like I'm losing my mind over this so any input would be appreciated (except for the guy who says everything is balanitis lol)

Yesterday i took a single 150mg dose of diflucan antifungal but its been 26hrs and there no change what so ever,

As of today I'm taking dexamethasone 0.5mg, this will be twice daily for 5 days.

So basically its red spots, flat, not blistered, don't hurt and they don't itch, perhaps a slight twinge every now and then when i think about them too much, 15 days without a change for the worse or for the better, just staying the same

Thanks for reading,


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  • Posted

    Nobody?? I'm really freaked here

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    • Posted

      Hey Keith, sorry you feel this way. I was once there myself and I completely understand the fear of not knowing what’s going on and what conditions will happen next for the rest of your life. 

      I would like to ask a few questions if you do t mind,

      Did you run tests for every STD/I?

      Do you own a computer where you can upload a picture next time you reply?

      don’t stress because these anxiety’s could also be giving you false symptoms.

      Cheers and be well

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      I had a full screening numerous times,  The last one being about 4 months ago, all negative including hsv2, i didn't screen for hsv1 because i have it orally. Screening is free in my country, i get 2 screenings a year because when i was 21 a girl gave me a genital wart. Lesson learned. I always practice safe sex, no exceptions. If I'm infected with something it can only be hsv2 via skin to skin, 

      So to answer your question more directly, this time i only screened for hsv2igm and hsv2igg and hiv, hiv was tested at the hospital which was negative and I'm still waiting on the hsv results. Screening is very expensive here i don't have the budget for everything. 

      Can any of you at least confirm that it is unusual for herpes lesions not to have changed at all since they appeared on the 10/5/18 until now 24/5/18, no change what so ever

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      Ive never been diagnosed with hsv genital, i have hsv oral since i was a kid. this is a first potential hsv genital outbreak.

      Im on day 17 now and the red spots havent changed for better or worse or increased in numbers, i dont dare be optimistic but it doesn't seem to follow what every other post is saying, everybody has a different experience but pain seems to be the common theme, i dont feel a thing,

      if i couldn't see them i wouldn't know they were there

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      You did mention genital warts from a past girlfriend which is HPV. From HSV2, the pain really comes from the lessons near the urethra/meatus on a penis or a vagina because urine passes through which causes a sting or mostly on woman, they can’t move or walk without talking antivirals. 
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      Results all came back negative. I'm on amoxicillin 500mg now to treat a bacterial skin infection and if that doesn't clear I'll just have to go see a doctor that specialises in dermatology,

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    I'm abroad unfortunately with no access to a computer, posting a pic is impossible sad

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