A male genital sore is any sore or lesion that appears on the penis, scrotum, or male urethra.
A common cause of male genital sores are infections that are spread through sexual contact, such as:
Other types of male genital soress may be caused by rashes such as psoriasis, molluscum contagiosum, allergic reactions, and non-sexually transmitted infections.
For some of these problems, a sore may also be found other places on the body, such as in the mouth and throat.
Call your health care provider if:
The health care provider will perform a physical exam. The exam will include the genitals, pelvis, skin, lymph nodes, mouth, and throat.
The health care provider will ask questions such as:
Different tests may be done depending on the possible cause. These may include blood tests, cultures, or biopsies
Treatment will depend on the cause. Your health care provider may ask you to avoid sexual activity or use a condom for a while.
Sores - male genitals; Ulcers - male genitals
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Workowski KA, Berman S; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines, 2010. MMWR Recomm Rep. 2010;59:1-110.
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