Genital sores can occur with men and women both. A male genital sore is any sore or lesion that appears on the penis, scrotum, or male urethra. Female genital sores are bumps and lesions in or around the vagina. Some sores may be itchy, painful, tender, or produce a discharge, but some may not cause any symptoms. They may be caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or from another condition, like dermatitis caused by allergies or irritants.
HOW IS GENITAL SORES DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Genital Sores is done through physical examination of the affected place and evaluation of symptoms. For sores that discharge fluid or pus, a culture of the sore may be taken for lab testing. Blood tests and biopsies may be ordered for confirming the nature of genital sores
HOW IS GENITAL SORES TREATED?
Treatment may include medications that are applied to the skin or that are taken orally. The type of medication depends on the cause, but may include corticosteroids, antiviral drugs, antibiotics, or drugs to control itching. The patient will be advised to practice safe sex by using condoms.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sores or lesions on the female genitals are often caused by sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STIs that can cause these sores include:
• Genital herpes
• Granuloma inguinale
• Molluscum contagiosum
• Genital warts