Ok so a few days ago I posted in the Emergencies section about STI's and unprotected manual sex. I understood and appreciated the answer I got from Heather and I figured just to be safe I'd get tested when I could (not as an urgent thing). But.....now I have itching and burning going on and a little red bump (which my logical mind says is an ingrown hair). I probably won't be able to get to the doctor until Tuesday morning. Could I have REALLY caught something this soon or is this just general irritation? I talked to Planned Parenthood and they said that I'd have to wait THREE months after the unprotected-ness to get tested, so that's why I'm wondering if just in a week I could've caught something. I think I'm also stressing myself out, which I do really well. I'd appreciate any feedback.
I hope you guys don't take this as double posting. I just figured people have much worse "emergencies" than me.
From what I've learned, it would take a lot longer than a couple of days for signs of an STI to appear.
On occasion, my private also itches and burns, but most of the time it's because Im about to start. Im not sure if that's normal or not, but that's just me. When this happens though, I usually just wash more. I mean, I wash good every night, but before my period its like 'scubbing' it for a couple of days helps.
The bump is probably an ingrown hair, and because you are worried that you may have a STI, you are just being self-conscious about it.
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Itching and burning can be caused by a lot of things besides STIs. For instance, I'm particularly prone to yeast infections which can itch like crazy. As well, general irritation from things like weather, or not wearing breathable fabrics can cause irritation. I know when I jog a lot (I live in a humid climate also) and don't wear breathable cotton underwear I get very irritated- so it could be cause by a lot of things, but seeing a doctor is probably the best thing to do at this point.
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Treatment for an ingrown hair: First you want to make and apply a warm wet compress (wet a washcloth thoroughly) and hold it against the skin where the ingrown hair is located.You want to do this about ten minutes – until you can see the hair.
Once you can see the hair, you want to use either a sterile needle or tweezers to tease the hair out from under the skin. Don't dig or pluck – as this can cause a new growing hair to have the same problem. You also want to be gentle and avoid cutting the skin.
Wash with a gentle moisturizing soap Apply antiseptic (peroxide) to avoid infection. If this dries the skin a moisturizer can be used to help.
Also: Seeing as you live in Utah, it's starting to get warmer - which in general means that there's a lot more sweat being held against the skin than in cooler weather. Visiting the doctor is really best to make sure you don't have something like a yeast infection, and if it is the heat even applying a bit of baby powder to your skin can help keep the area dry as well.
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