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Sore on labia, swollen gland in groin. Is this indicative of Herpes?

I have a small sore on my labia major and a swollen gland in my groin on the same side. Is this indicative of Herpes? I have had an occasional sore that I always thought was an ingrown hair from shaving. Never a cluster like the Internet pictures. 1st time with swollen gland. Could it be something else besides herpes? I am a 35 year old mother of 2, married for 9 years, recently increased excercise and changed diet and have lost 47 pounds.
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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A swollen lymph node just indicates infection in the area that drains into that particular lymph node. So the sore on labia is basically leading to inflammatory swelling of lymph node.
To help the node subside the sore should subside. This can be done by doing warm water compresses followed by application of topical antibiotic over the sore. If required oral antibiotic should be take.
Now whether the lesion is a boil or herpes infection it can only be decided by clinically examining the lesion.
Hope that helped.
Take care
Answered: Thu, 25 Jul 2013
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