What causes genital sores in men

The term ‘male genital sore relates to any sore or lesion that appears on male genial areas such as the penis, scrotum or urethra. These are also called as genital ulcers. The major symptoms of this irregularity include severe itching and pain while passing urine. Sever pain is also experienced at the region around the sores.

In some men, discharge from the penis is also found. Sore either appears in unison or as clusters. Some times, the sores are also found in places other than the genitals such as mouth and throat. Some people are found to experience severe fever and chill as well. Enlarged lymph is yet another symptom.

Sores or lesions that appear on the male genitalia are likely to be the result of various factors. In most cases, these appear in men suffering from some or other sexually transmitted diseases. Genital herpes simplex, syphilis, chancroid, granuloma inguinale, and lymphogranuloma venereum are some of the sexually transmitted diseases which are all characterised by the appearance of ulcers on the genitals.

Veneral warts, molluscum contagiosum and Behcet’s disease also lead to the development of lesions in the male genital areas. In some men, genital warts occur as a consequence of allergic reaction to certain non-sexually transmitted diseases.

It is always advisable to avoid self-treatment in case of genital sores. Home treatment often masks the real symptoms and makes a precise diagnosis tough. It should be ensured that sexual contact does not occur once the genital sores have been spotted. It is through the physical examination that doctors make the diagnosis.

The entire genital area including the genital skin, pelvis, lymph nodes will be examined. In some cases, the mouth and throat of the patient will also be brought under scrutiny. Rarely, personal enquiries such as sexual habits, modes of sexual hygiene etc will also be questioned by the health care professional.

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