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hi im a 20 year old male for the last 2 years i have been having reccuring symptoms but only seen my doctor within the last 6months (was embarrassed) iv taken 2 blood tests and 2 swab tests all have come back negative (inconclusive) after going to a new doctor telling what happend showing him he prescribed me keflex it cleared up in 4 days (real quick compared to usual) he said go see a skin specialist but it healed up before i could see one. but now it feels like another outbreak is on the way it usually occurs on the shaft like a little ball under the skin it can stay like that for a while then it will become agrivated go red and become quite painful it then puffs up into a lump filled with puss it eventually breaks then heals over and the process starts again every few months in a close to or different spot. i always have protected sex although everything before that is not protected ( oral and naked grinding etc) i noticed that the kefllex made it heal faster but still hasnt fixed the problem i feel another outbreak coming on and am freaking out again !! please help

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well the fact that it cleared up with keflex then that would indicate that this is a bacterial infection. however im not sure why it keeps reoccuring. have you had a swab of the discharge from the lesion?? you should have it cultured to see what grows. also i thinkg it would be a good idea to see a dermatologist and get the lesion biopsied as well.
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yes i have had 2 swap tests that have been tested for herpes simplex 2 both came out negative (inconclusive) now from what i undestand with the keflex it did seem to hel up a hell of a lot quicker than without it.. in order to see the dermatologist doesnt it need to be a lesion ??? not in the state it is in now ?? thanks for your help much appreciaited
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yes i would wait for the lesion... also if you can get a culture of the swab to see what type of bacteria grows or to examin what the skin cells in that area look like that would be great... dont just have to swab tested for herpes but have it cultured to see if any bacteria or fungi are present. finally is there a pattern to when these lesions appear? such as when you are sick or under stress?
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it seems to be stress seeing as im always under a lot of stress it appears every few months ok so next time it appears il ask to have it cultured now you mention checking what the skin in the area looks like how would i go about doing this do i see the normal doctor or dermatologist ??? also iv been real real unhappy more so in recent times could that trigger anything
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well its really hard telling without seeing anything but some sores can be bacterial/fungal. thats why i asked for a culture now when you get it what other symptoms do you have? the thing is is when you get herpes the virus stays with you permanatly but normally it chills in your nerves in your sacral ganglion (a fancy term for the bundle of nerves in your lower back) then when you are under stress it causes it to activate and travel down the nerve fibers to the surface of the skin where it forms a lesion.... now as for the cells.... a dermatologist may be good at looking at them but basically if you take a swab of the area or a scraping of the lesion then there will be some skin cells present based on what they look like under the microscope an experienced technician/pathologist could use that to help identify/rule things out. different viruses affect cells differently for instance herpes virus causes vaccuoles ("bubbles") in the cell and others cause negre bodies or inclusion bodies so based on what the infected cells look like it can help lead to a diagnosis.

does this make any sense?
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yep it does make plenty of sense look thanks again and will be sure to get it checked out next time it happens thanks heaps i just hope to god i dont have herpes =[ i know my tests have come back inconclusive and negative but thats the last thing i want im young living with herpes would seriously mess me up
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hwy man were here for ya. and remember if you do have herpes its deffinatly not the end of the world... keep us posted and if you have any more wuestion dont hesitate to ask :-D 8:
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Hi pimpin! I using Famvir for fherpes zoster infection..and it's very effective.I used this site you are welcome =)


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pimpin.... before trying this i would try and find out for sure what is causing your lesion. also herpes Zoster is actually varicella zoster virus which causes chicken pox and shingles. while it is related to the herpes simplex viruses it is different. this medication does normally work good for varicella but it probably wont work for a herpes simplex virus.

i would get a definative diagnosis before trying any antiviral medications.
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hey still havent seen a dermatologist yet but after doing some research it seems that before i get an ulcer i get vesicles in the spots where the ulcer forms ??? its the vesicles that get aggrivated is there anything else this could be or??? must this be herpes
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well most ulcers start as vessicles, they form a pustule and then that breaks open and leaves an ulcer so i think it is still possible have something else. have you gotten another outbreak yet? also were you tested for both HSV type 1 and 2?? perhaps thats why the results were inconclusive. you may have answered that question before but i couldn't find it anywhere.

also were you tested for syphillis?
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no i havent gotten an outbreak but now have vesicles and one is tingling !! but it hasnt been aggrivated yet i was tested for hsv 1 and 2 i tested positive for 1 although i had a cold sore not too long ago.and i dont think i have been tested for syphillis although i may have been also there is a rash that has been around for a while now is starts on my testicles and is at the bottom of the shaft although it is moving upwards and around i was told not to worry about it.its not red but more pinkish with little bumps. also am i aloud to have sex while i have vesicles ???
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Hey i would not have sex durring vessicals you are most likley very contagious or getting there. you could have it with a condom but herpes virus is small so if thats what you have there is a slim chance it can slip through the micro pores/fibers of the latex. the tingling is a pretty classic symptom of herpes but it doesnt have to be. does your girlfriend have herpes 1 (cold sores) have you ever had oral sex without a condom. ?

also i would make an appointment with your doctor and or dermatologist to have it looked at because it will probably form into an ulcer in a day or two
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like i said i always use a condom so if im extra careful i could be ok using a condom ??dont have a gf just a girl im seeing and thinking its almost to that part i always get oral without a condom and as far as i know none of the girls that i have slept with etc have had coldsores thanks for that if its herpes theres only a very slim chance that it would get pssed through the condom correct
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