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What are the symptoms of genital herpes? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 08-Apr-2014
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User:what are the symptoms of jock rot
Doctor:Hello
Doctor:The usual symptoms are intense itching
Doctor:a circular raised rash with central healing
Doctor:the rash keeps enlarging peripherally while the center heals
User:Hi I am concerned that I may have jock rot or genital herpes...whats the difference
Doctor:Genital herpes is a viral infection
User:Whats the difference in symptoms as I have no lessions
Doctor:it does not itch
Doctor:genital herpes looks like blisters
Doctor:and the rash will be look like an irregular cluster of blisters
Doctor:Jock itch/rot will have a circular appearance
User:I have no blisters but the area does not really itch it just feels warm and slight burning
Doctor:and it will be very itchy
Doctor:If it is not itchy then it could be in spreading phase
Doctor:how does it look?
User:The infected area is in the creases of the groin...this really looks like jock rot.But it is also a little bit on the testicles and between the testicles and anus plus the anus area......it is just red. The tip of the penis is a slight burn as well but no redness and no pain urinating
Doctor:Okay
Doctor:It seems like jock rot
Doctor:You will need to get yourself examined by a dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis
Doctor:once confirmed, application of an anti-fungal cream or powder for 6 weeks will cure it
User:I did have a blood test and swob 4 days after encounter that proved negative for HSV2...how reliable is that?
Doctor:4 days is a short time
Doctor:you will need to repeat the test after at least 3 weeks of exposure
User:ok thanks for that....in the test they found ecoli on the penis and they gave me antibiotis plus a cream...could this have stimulated the jock rot....or is it just the stress of the unknown or both
Doctor:No
User:ok fine that helps as well.
Doctor:Ecoli is a very common bacteria to be found near the anus and genitalia
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with?
User:I am using Daktacort and the symptoms really calm down after I apply the cream...say 20 mins...just this also lead you to believe it is jock rot and not genital herpes...it is a hydrocortisone cream with anti fungal
Doctor:Yes
Doctor:it is most probably jock rot
Doctor:unlikely to be genital herpes
Doctor:you can continue applying that cream for another 6 weeks
User:ok finally...and sorry for this...the concern is not from intercourse but a touching of the vagina and then me touching my penis...any thoughts
Doctor:Nothing to worry
Doctor:That act is not the reason for jock rot
User:ok...I do definitely have the rash and but I do not have lessions that are before or after bursting....my encounter was 20 days ago...there is so much conflicting info on internet
Doctor:Relax
Doctor:it seems more like the fungal infection
Doctor:just continue to apply the cream, you will be fine
Doctor:if you are worried, then you may go ahead and get the repeat tests done after one or two weeks from now
User:Easier said than done after a stupid and naïve act involving alcohol...surprise surprise.
Doctor:I can understand you concern
Doctor:Please do consult a dermatologist and get yourself looked at for a final diagnosis
Doctor:I am positive that it is nothing more than jock rot
Doctor:You will find too much information on the internet, which many a times is plain false
Doctor:So you should take that with a pinch of proverbial salt
User:two last questions please.....as you have been very helpful....as I will go and see about the rash...this just gives me some confidence...With herpes would you expect the rash to be in all those areas,and would I experience pain in urinating
Doctor:The rash would be much more like a cluter
Doctor:it wouldn't generally spread all over
Doctor:and you would clearly see blisters
Doctor:if it doesn't look like that, then it is not genital herpes
User:and no pain urinating...is that a good sign
Doctor:a uniformly red rash is more likely to be a jock itch made worse by the constant friction
Doctor:yes
Doctor:no pain while urinating is a good sign
Doctor:rules out urinary tract infections and gonorrhea as well
Doctor:You should relax
User:great...I beleive the early tingling I fealt I had two weeks ago was simply my mind as I read about it
Doctor:and see a dermatologist
Doctor:okay
Doctor:that is quite possible
User:Thank you very much...
Doctor:human brain plays weird tricks
Doctor:you are welcome
Doctor:thanks for consulting me
Doctor:have a good day ahead
Doctor:bye
Doctor:bye
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