It can be due to folliculitis or boils. Boil is usually due to plugged sweat glands that become infected or by an ingrown hair. . Please keep the area clean and apply some topical antiseptics and warm compresses. Also wear loose-fitting cotton clothing and use an antibacterial soap or mild soap like dove. Avoid any kind of cosmetics. Topical antibiotics such as mupirocin or neomycin containing ointment are also useful. In case the symptoms persist then oral antibiotics may be needed. Please consult a dermatologist in that case.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
If it is folliculitis/boils is it safe to have sex or will my partner contract it? Can you give me an example of a topical antisceptic please? As for creams would Hydro Cortisone work? or should I go and get some neosporin. (I also have Bactroban for use on piercings, would this be good to apply as an antibacterial cream?)
Having intercourse can spread the infection but it is not a STD. In most cases of folliculitis and boils, the damaged follicles are infected with the bacteria Staphylococcus (staph). Bacterial skin infections can be spread by shared cosmetics or washcloths, close human contact, or by contact with pus from a boil or carbuncle.
You should not apply a steroid cream like hydrocortisone without your doctor’s prescription. You can however use Bactroban cream since it is an antibiotic cream.
I hope it helps. Take care and regards.
Thank you very much. I see my doctor on tuesday of next week so I hope he will be able to give me a perminant solution for this (since it has happened before then would he prescribe oral meds for prevention?). What are a couple ways of preventing these pesky infections?
P.S. you have brought me great relief in this subject. Thank You.