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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have red itchy, sometimes smelly bumps on either side of where my balls hang on my upper thigh. Could this be genital herpes or just a rash?
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
User :   hey
User :   ok
Doctor :   May i know your age ?
User :   20
User :   so do you think its just a rash or what?
User :   the person i was with insists they are clean
Doctor :   what is the approximate size of the lesions ?
User :   they arent very big? is there a way i can send u a picture?
Doctor :   Yes,
User :   how?
Doctor :   you can mail them to YYYY@YYYY
User :   and you will get that?
Doctor :   right now
User :   hold on i have to take a picture
User :   give me a minute
Doctor :   Yes,
User :   i took on one side
User :   its about the same on both
Doctor :   you can send that
User :   ok i am about to send
User :   i put my name in the subject
Doctor :   Ok,
User :   get it?
User :   nothing on my penis
User :   just like that on either thigh
Doctor :   Give me couple of minutes while i veiw the images
User :   ok
Doctor :   The mail is still not recieved
User :   should i send again?
User :   maybe it went to spam
User :   its aol
User :   i have a fever of 101.8
Doctor :   try to resend
User :   i sent again
User :   check spam maybe
User :   could herpes cause me ot have a fever like this?
User :   also, some background...i went white water rafting this weekend for 5 hrs in really cold water
User :   so i might have the flu and a rash
User :   idk
User :   did u get it?
Doctor :   yes i got the image ,i am having a look on it
User :   ok
User :   my symptoms are fever, sometimes cough, headache
User :   it might just be the flu
User :   did i mention i put deodorant in that area a couple days prior bc i was doing some outdoor work
User :   please hurry if u can im not sure how much time i have and sometimes my internet disconnects
User :   hello?
Doctor :   Ya, i am sorry for the delay
User :   so what do u think?
Doctor :   the image was blurr was adjusting the pixels
User :   sorry it was on a cell phone
User :   only camera i have
Doctor :   i can clearly rule out herpes
User :   really?
User :   wow that made me feel good
User :   they are itchy and somewhat smelly though
User :   and i do have a terrible fever
User :   but i just got an hiv test bc i was scared i had that and it came back negative
User :   and then these "symptoms" started
Doctor :   I consider probably the lesions are pruritic rashes
Doctor :   which can be expected as a allergic reaction to fungal infection
User :   i have a fungal infection?
User :   do u think i could have hiv?
Doctor :   Probably
User :   wait what
Doctor :   No not related to HIV
User :   oh
User :   WHEW
User :   i got tested neg after 5-6 weeks
Doctor :   Fungal infections are prone to occur in damp areas like the site you have the problem
User : a freshwater rafting?
User :   white water rafting
Doctor :   Don worry , they are no where related to HIV
User :   so you think my flu and this rash is both related to being in the cold water for 5+ hrs?
Doctor :   Considered but they are less often itchy
Doctor :   May be
User :   whats less often itchy?
User :   this is really itchy
User :   ?
Doctor :   the lesions like one you have are often itchy when they are due to allergy to the fungal infection
User :   how do i get rid of it?
Doctor :   Yes,
Doctor :   i prescribe you the ointment named Micatin for it
User :   you can perscribe it?
User :   can u do anything for my flu?
Doctor :   apply it twice a day after washing the area with a disinfectant wel
Doctor :   Since the skin problem you have give rise to mild flu like symptoms treating the lesions wil cure the symptoms too
User :   how do u perscribe it?
User :   so the fungus is giving me all these symptoms?
Doctor :   Its an over the counter drug you can get it without prescription
User :   i only have 20 seconds!
Doctor :   yes,
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