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cheeser

Hi,

I'd like a little advice on this. About a week ago I noticed an uncomfortable red pimple. It seemed to expand into a red disc. I thought maybe it was thrush so used some cream but that didnt help. A couple of parts of it became ulcerated and pussed a bit and when I cleaned with antiseptic there as a little blood. I was wondering if it could be herpes. Other theories I have are chancroid or maybe just an insect bite that got infected?

The red disc is about 1cm in diameter and about 3-4cm above the base of the penis in the middle of the lower abdomen.

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TheBoz

Go to a Dr. and have it tested - it could be anything (viral, bacterial, fungal, auto-immune - the treatment for each is different and guessing wrong can make it worse) . . .

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