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Genital Sores Overview

What are genital sores?
A male with genital sores has sores or ulcers on the penis or scrotum. An ulcer forms when the skin surface has broken down. Genital sores may also spread to the area around the anus. Causes for genital sores in males include syphilis, chancroid, herpes genitalis, and skin injury.

What are the symptoms of genital sores?
Symptoms of genital sores depend on the underlying cause. Symptoms that occur with genital sores include skin lumps or ulcers on the genitals, penile ulcer, genital pain, penile pain, penile discharge, genital tenderness, and swollen glands in the groin.

How does the doctor treat genital sores?
The treatment for genital sores in males depends upon the underlying cause. Treatment for genital sores may include oral antibiotics, topical antibiotics, oral antiviral medications, topical antiviral medications, topical corticosteroids, cold compresses, warm compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Oct 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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