Pimple, Ingrown Hair, or Herpes?

Let's say a painful bump shows up on
your groin. You might wonder if it's a pimple or an ingrown hair or a herpes sore,
or some other peculiar growth. The best answer to this question comes from a
medical provider who can do an exam and run tests. What I'll offer is a quick
rundown of the possibilities and some clues to tell the difference between them. [WHIP CRACKING, COUGH] Pimples: pores that get blocked by dead skin cells, sebum or oil, maybe some

Ideally they go away on their own in a
few days and don't cause you a lot of pain or stress. Pimples are more likely
to come around if you've been eating a lot of dairy or high glycemic foods such
as white bread and potatoes, but they're also connected to puberty. More sebum is
excreted during puberty, so there's more oil on your skin, collecting what's
around it, and possibly trapping the mess in your pores.

One thing you can do is
change your eating habits. Another is to improve your hygiene. An
many cases though, people get help from doctors because their pimples need more
attention than a behavior change. The doctor may prescribe creams or even
birth control pills to manage the pimples. What you need to know is that
pimples are not the only explanation for bumps on your groin. Ingrown hairs are
like pimples, but they're a little bit more of a hassle because somewhere in
them, there's a hair coiled up or growing sideways. Ask yourself if you've shaved
waxed, plucked, or Naired recently. Even though ingrown hairs can happen when
your pubes are natural and flowing, it's more likely that a hair will grow in
toward the body if it's growing back after being removed. If you want or need
help, there healthcare professionals who can assist you.

Let them know that you
think you have an ingrown pubic hair, and they'll guide you from there. If you'd
like to go the DIY route, I would suggest taking a pain reliever and/or doing some
deep breathing. It's not recommended to lance an ingrown hair with a needle or
a safety pin as it's hard to ensure your equipment is sterile, and doing so often
worsens the infection. But if you can easily grab that squirrelly pube with
some tweezers and reposition it so it's going in the right direction, you should
be okay. What's most common is the use of warm compresses, holding a clean warm
towel on the area for a while a few times a day. Herpes is a kind of sore
that you do not want to mess around with. Don't poke it, don't squeeze it.

You might
know if your bump is a herpes sore because 1) You've had them before. They
tend to come back on the same part of the penis, scrotum, thighs, buttocks, around
the anus, labia, and/or vagina. 2) You came in contact with someone who has herpes,
either through oral, genital, or anal play. 3) Generally the first symptom is a
tingling or itchiness which you're not going to scratch! And 4) The bump might not go away
before getting much worse. Here are your options! Go through the
cycle of an outbreak, which can last days or weeks. The sore or sores will enlarge,
then start weeping clear fluid. You may feel rundown and irritable like
you have a fever. Maybe some sensations of burning, definitely discomfort. But the
sores will crust over with a yellow scab, eventually fall off on their own, and
your groin will go back to normal. Another option is to go to your doctor
or a walk-in clinic now. Tell them you think you're having a herpes outbreak
and ask for medication. If you don't already know you have the virus herpes,
they'll test you and then usually prescribe acyclovir or valcyclovir.
These are pills that don't get rid of the sores but do cut the time you have
them in half.

Lastly, there are over-the-counter medications like lysine
and Abreva. But again it's not a cure, and for some people it makes the symptoms
worse. Whatever you choose, be gentle with yourself and please don't infect others!
A few more explanations for your bumps might include: Razor burn – a skin
irritation from shaving. Skin tags – harmless little growths of skin. A bulge
in a blood vessel. Swollen or infected glands. Molluscum contagiosum – painless
tiny bumps caused by a virus. Warts or human papilloma virus, another infection
that's easily transmitted from skin-to-skin contact.
Syphilis, a rare disease which is curable if you get help and deadly if you don't.
And melanoma or skin cancer that can appear on and around your genitals.
Remember that if you want to know for sure, contact a medical provider.
Show them your mystery spot, ask them for tests if you don't know whether or not
you have a sexually transmitted infection, and follow the treatment plan
if there is one.

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