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Male Genital Sores

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Definition

A male genital sore is any ulcer or lesion that may be present on the male genitalia i.e. scrotum or penis.

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Causes

  • Genital herpes simplex
  • Primary and secondary Syphilis
  • Chancroid
  • Granuloma inguinale
  • Lymphogranuloma venereum (Venereal warts)
  • Viral skin infections
  • Molluscum contagiosum
  • Allergic reactions to chemicals.

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Symptoms

  • Ulcer which may be single or there may be multiple ulcers
  • Itching
  • Painful urination
  • Drainage from the penis
  • Pain at the site of the sore
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Fever and chills
  • Enlarged lymph nodes

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Implications

Sores or lesions on the male genitalia are often associated with sexually transmitted diseases (STD's). These ulcers on the genitals are contagious and can be transmitted through sexual contact. Similar leisions may be present on other parts of the body like the mouth and throat.

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What You Can Do

  • Avoid self treatment before seeing a physician. It can mask symptoms and make diagnosis more difficult.
  • Refrain from sexual contact until you undergo medical evaluation.
  • Consult your physician if there are any unexplained genital lesions or if new lesions appear on other parts of your body.
  • Treatment will depend on the underlying cause and may include antiviral medicines, antibiotics or other agents.
  • Use a condom until the leisions heal completely

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For More Information

Healthfinder

MayoClinic

MEDLINEplus

CCHCP -- The Cross Cultural Health Care Program

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Male Genital Sores