July 25, 2015 at 10:39 am #8409getitoverwithParticipant
Thankfully, I’ve found your forum. The internet is quite scary when searching “herpes” and usually shows the worst case scenario. I am hoping you can assist me with identifying my issues. I figured I’d give all information, so you can make the best conclusion based on this and the photos.
Two weeks ago or so, I shaved my bikini area and had some irritation. I am sexually active, but with only one partner for the past three years and I have been monogamous. A few days after shaving, I started to feel sick, but was also under extreme stress from work, so assumed it was just that. Next came a yeast infection, which I treated with over the counter anti-fungal cream. Pretty common for me, especially when I am not eating right or under stress.
Next, from the shaving, I noticed irritation and applied tea tree oil. This seemed to do the trick and all was well until I noticed what looked like an ingrown hair on my labia (picture 1 attached). After soaking it, it popped and I applied more non-diluted tea tree oil to the area. I continued to apply the oil day and night for several days. The bump went away, but then I noticed another issue on my clitoral hood eleven days later (pictures 2 and 3 attached). This area was also exactly parallel from where the ingrown hair bump was and where I had continuously applied tea tree oil. Could this be a chemical burn from the tea tree oil that was not diluted or is this what I fear – herpes, or something else?
Note: I have not noticed any “clusters of blisters” or had severe itching, like most of the sites online state one should experience with a herpes outbreak. I do not have bumps or lesions anywhere else. There is no itching or pain. I didn’t even notice the second issue until I was waxing last night.
If this is in fact herpes, is this considered the first outbreak since I had the feverish symptoms and the long duration of lesions (what I thought was a hair bump?). I go to the OB/GYN every six months and have never had any issues, including blood work for all STDs. Am I to assume that if this is herpes, my current partner is the one who gave it to me?
July 25, 2015 at 6:04 pm #8417Terri WarrenKeymaster
In my opinion, every time someone has a lesion in the genital area should be tested for herpes and syphilis. This lasted a while and though it could be a burn from the tea tree oil (which I have never heard of), I am concerned that something could be missed here. An antibody test this early after the lesion may not give you the answer that you seek and I suspect it is too late for a swab test of this lesion because you said it was gone already right? Do you know if your partner has been tested by antibody test for herpes? The test you want is a type specific IgG antibody test for HSV 1 and HSV 2. Though it is a bit too early for you to be tested, he could be tested now. Have you any concerns he has had another partner recently? Is he the giver of oral sex to you?
- This reply was modified 8 years, 7 months ago by Terri Warren.
July 25, 2015 at 7:46 pm #8418getitoverwithParticipant
Hi Terri – –
The one in picture 1 is completely gone. The one in pictures 2 and 3 is still there. I will make an appointment next week to get it tested.
Concerned that he’s had another partner? I am now! Especially since we’ve been together for three years and I have been 100% monogamous.
And yes, he is a giver of oral sex to me. I don’t know for sure that he’s been tested, but I will definitely be asking. If it is herpes and was passed through oral, is that why there would be only one lesion similar to when someone has it on their mouth?
Is it possible for herpes to be just one lesion and not the clusters like you see on the internet (I know the worst cases are the ones posted, so it’s hard for one to tell what is normal)? Also, there is no pain, no itching. It only stings when applying tea tree oil or witch hazel.
Thank you for all of your help!
July 26, 2015 at 7:15 am #8421Terri WarrenKeymaster
It is certainly possible for someone to have a single herpes lesion rather than a cluster.
I was not at all suggesting that you partner had another partner, I was jut asking if that was a concern of yours!
So IF this is herpes, which we don’t know, you could have had this for a long time, he could have had it for a long time and just infected you, it could be HSV 1 from receiving oral sex from your partner, or it could be something else entirely.
I’ll bet you know if your heart of hearts if your partner has been only with you. What does your heart tell you?
Whether it is HSV 1 or 2 (if it is herpes) does not determine it’s presentation.
You might check to see if previous STD testing actually did include herpes testing.
It is really important that you follow up with your own provider on this issue.
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