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Anonymous post: cut perineum after shaving

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Hi superstars,
I shaved the whole lot down there about 5 days ago. I have a small cut on my perineum that I can see with a mirror that was caused from shaving (I only noticed it after sex on day 2 after I shaved, it hurt a little bit during sex but after it was fine). And also a couple of small round bumps on the edges of the lips... All of these little nicks hurt like heck whilst peeing since day 4 after shaving! It almost brings tears to my eyes. Even putting the shower head water directly at it stings, walking/sitting hurts aswell as wiping. I have tried cortisone cream on it and that relieved the stinging the first couple of times I applied it. Now, day 5, my clitoris feels VERY sensitive and I can feel a sort of throbbing feeling every now and again, and it feels as though I may actually have a UTI aswell because that also hurts when I pee. The bumps on the lips I think are just from shaving (I had a check up down there only a week ago and everything was perfecto) so... Can you guys pleeease help me? I am feeling very uncomfortable and sore >.< I think I'll stick to waxing from now on!
Thanks heaps!
archangelbeth 16th-Apr-2012 10:16 am (UTC)
Unfortunately, round bumps that sting all the time, and throbbing in the area, are sounding a lot like my cold sores -- which are oral herpes. (And cold sores can jump to the genitals pretty happily during oral sex; HSV-1's preference for the mouth is less strong than HSV-2's preference for the genitals. And, as you may or may not know (I didn't for aaaages!), HSV can "shed" (be contagious) even without symptoms. If you have ever received oral sex from someone whose HSV status is unknown, you could have been exposed.)

It is also not impossible that you have a yeast infection, or some other infection that's exacerbating the discomfort, while also making your skin more delicate and likely to be nicked during shaving.

I'd say that getting to the doctor ASAP to have the bumps swabbed for HSV and yeast would be the best plan; the doctor might also be able to prescribe some sort of painkiller. (And if it is HSV, acyclovir is a wonderful thing for making the virus sit down and shut up. Do note that if it's been a few days, you really need a blood test now-and-in-a-couple-months-if-negative to check for HSV antibodies; a negative result may just mean that the immune system has cleared up the virus in the area so it's no longer shedding, and the damage is healing.) Whilst there, peeing in a cup to check for a UTI is also a good thing, since untreated UTIs have the potential to become kidney infections, and kidney infections have the potential to become very damaging and even fatal.

Good luck! Here's hoping that it's just yeast or something. (But if not? HSV is cold sores, and while cold sores are annoying, there should be no more stigma than they get. And quite possibly less; after all, cold sores in non-mouth regions can never show up on your driver's license picture 2-3 years in a row. Like mine have.)
missmegan93 16th-Apr-2012 10:52 am (UTC)
(Ooh this is mine got confused on how to make an account) Thanks so much... Come to think of it, 2 weeks ago my boyfriend did have a coldsore on his mouth and neither of us thought at all about how it would affect down there during oral. Even though we learnt about that years ago at school! It just didn't even cross my mind... Ohh guess I better be heading off to the Dr tomorrow! I didn't think anything of the bumps, everything sorta happened all at once... Thanks for your reply and information! I really appreciate it :)
archangelbeth 16th-Apr-2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
If you know your partner gets cold sores, then I would not bother waiting for a diagnosis -- ask for a prescription of acyclovir (cheaper than even generic Valtrex, often) first up. The stress of shaving nicks coukd have provoked an outbreak, or the broken skin from shaving could have made infection easier after shaving, and this would be a first outbreak. You may also want to take Lysine capsules (which you can get over the counter in healthy food sections of grocery stores and the like), as HSV isn't too keen on that stuff and it helps the immune system keep it under control.

On the plus side, as the vector, your boyfriend has antibodies and unless his immune system is weak/compromised, should be at very minimal risk of contracting the virus genitally himself. Do keep fingers/mouths away from eyes during outbreaks, though! The immune system may have a harder time defending the eyes, and Occular HSV is pretty nasty.

Good luck, and I hope you can get some relief quickly!
kaberett 17th-Apr-2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
Yay! Glad you could join us. Beth's advice seems pretty sound.
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