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What razor burn looks like
If you’ve recently shaved your vulva or labia — the exterior skin in the genital area — and have an unexplained itchiness, you might be dealing with razor burn. Razor burn will usually appear as a red rash. You may also develop one or more red bumps. The bumps may feel as though they’re “burning” and be tender to the touch.
These symptoms can occur anywhere that you shave — your entire bikini area, on your labia, and even in the crease of your thigh. You may have symptoms in one area of skin and not the rest, even if you shaved the entire area at the same time.
In some cases, these symptoms can also be a sign of sexually transmitted disease (STD). Keep reading for more on how to correctly diagnose razor burn, how to ease your symptoms, and how to prevent razor burn from coming back.
Is it razor burn or a sign of an STD?
The first thing to look out for is pain — are the bumps tender to the touch? Slightly painful or sensitive bumps are usually caused by razor burn or ingrown hairs. But if you’re experiencing other symptoms — like body aches, fever, and headache — these bumps may be the result of genital herpes.
You’ll also want to determine whether the bumps are smooth or jagged. If you have a smooth, painless bump emerging from your skin, chances are it’s a simple skin tag. But if the bump is jagged, or rough like a cauliflower, it could be a genital wart.
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