There are some bumps around my vagina, but none on the inside. I'm not sure if this is just razor burn or if it could be herpes. Can anyone help explain the difference? Thanks.
Hi there, batty -
Though seeing a doctor is the only way to be sure what you're dealing with, here are some general differences between razor burn and genital herpes:
- Herpes sores are uncommon on areas where there is hair in the genital area.
- Herpes tends to occur and reoccur in the same spot on the body or very near by that spot.
- Razor burn tends to produce lesions that have a hair in the center of it, while herpes sores go from a red bump to a blister, then to an open sore of scab that heals over a few days (typical duration for a herpes sore outbreak and healing is 10-12 days)
I hope this helps! Here are some other links you might find useful:
Herpes: Knowing the Risk and Consenting to It
Treatment for Herpes
How to Lower Your Herpes Prescription Costs
You're right, it might be razor burn... but if you have the remotest reason to think it might be Herpes, you should also consider that it might be that, too.
The only 100% conclusive way to know is to go get tested. Get a blood test for both HSV-1 and HSV-2 (IgG) specifically for your blood type. Ask for that specific type of test. Otherwise, you run the risk of getting something inaccurate. Most clinics that test for STDs use these tests now, but you may want to make sure.
Scary, yes. Embarassing, yes. But at least you'll know for sure, and whatever your results are, you'll know for sure. DON'T assume that you don't have it, or you'll risk spreading it to someone you love.