COULD HERPES BE A RASH?
Lately my genitals and anus area have been itching, and I have a small rash on the upper underside of my penis. The rash is about the size of half a dime. I tried a simple anti-itch cream with an antibiotic, but it didn't help after three days of use. I fear this might be herpes, but my rash doesn't match the photos I looked up on the Internet. Not sure what else it could be. Any direction would be helpful.
In the meantime, here is some information about herpes that you may want to know. The virus is still contagious during the periods before and after symptoms - called viral shedding. Once transmitted, symptoms can show up anywhere from days to years after, or a person can live with the virus in their body without ever showing any symptoms at all. For many people, there is localized itching that occurs at the site of the sore(s) before an outbreak. The herpes then usually manifests as a blister or open sore, although depending on whether it's herpes simplex I or II, it's possible it could look like a small rash. It's best to see a medical professional while the sore is present, so make an appointment or drop-in today.
To your health,
STD SYMPTOMS AND TREATMENT ADVICE
Take care of yourself. Get regular STD check-ups every six months.