Vaginal rash (Genital herpes) symptoms can appear in various areas of the body. Once you have been infected with the herpes virus, it lies dormant (inactive) in the bundle of nerves at the base of the spine until it becomes active. Once the virus becomes active, it travels along nerve paths to the surface of the skin, where it may cause an outbreak. The nerves in the buttocks, genital area, and upper thighs are connected. Therefore an outbreak can occur in any of the following areas:
* Scrotum or testicles
Remember, many people do not have the "typical" genital herpes sores (lesions). Symptoms vary by individual and may vary from outbreak to outbreak. If you have any burning, itching, pain, cracks (fissures) in the skin, swelling, and/or blistering in or around your genitals, buttocks, anus, or thigh area, you should see a healthcare professional or go to a sexual health clinic as soon as possible. Genital herpes outbreaks have also been mistaken for other conditions such as urinary tract infections, rough sex, abrasions, ingrown hair follicles, hemorrhoids, or insect bites.
What distinguishes genital herpes from these conditions is the fact that the symptoms return over time and in the same location even though you thought you had gotten rid of them. If you have experienced any of these types of symptoms, you should see a healthcare professional. New diagnostic tests are now available that more accurately diagnose genital herpes.
It is not recommended that you touch or scratch these areas because your fingernails may introduce bacteria and cause a bacterial infection. Applying over-the-counter topical medications or natural remedies to the area may worsen your symptoms and could potentially make the diagnosis more difficult.