Patient :I have bumps/rash in between my genitals and scrotum, but got a negative test for genital herpes. Should i be worried?
In addition, my lymph node in the genital area has swelled. The reason why I am worried is because I went to a strip club 3 weeks ago and even though there was no intercourse. Our genitals were close to each other and I had a condom on. The test was done 20 days after the potential exposure
Thank you for the question to Ask The Doctor.
Since the rash is not on the penis itself, I do not believe that it is related to an allergic reaction to the condom that you were wearing. An allergy to latex is a common reason that people get such a rash.
I am looking at the spots and they seems to be vesicles that are fluid filled but not blood filled. These can occur in allergic reactions, trauma and STDs.
I believe that these are localised lesions and not spread over a large area of the groin. I believe that injury to the area at the strip club may have caused this. If you did get a lap dance, you could also have gotten this injury. This is one possibility but not the most likely as the trauma would disappear within 7 days at the most.
I would recommend that you start with an anti-allergic like Cetirizine 10 mg tablets once a day for 3 to 5 days. This should reduce the itching and the rash. If the rash begins to grow in size or the itching increases, you probably have an STD or a fungal infection.
You will need to rule out one or the other by seeing a Doctor and getting a STD panel test done or scraping of the lesion to check for fungal growth.
Do follow up to add in more info. I will answer your concerns in detail.
Hope you have a speedy recovery
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