Herpes simplex causes genital herpes, a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Peeing pain and small blisters on the penis are the most common symptoms. There may be outbreaks of symptoms when symptoms return, but they can also clear up on their own. The symptoms of the virus can be relieved, and outbreaks can be shortened with antiviral medications such as aciclovir.
Here are some of the first signs of herpes on the penis:
Herpes can cause some or all of these symptoms, appearing weeks or even years after infection. Even if you have not had sex recently, you should always consult a doctor if you have herpes for the first time.
The appearance of herpes on the penis can vary from man to man. Small blisters look red or white when you have herpes on your penis or penis head. Your anus can also develop blisters. A herpes rash is characterized by blisters that may be a few or many. When blisters burst, they cause red, open sores that ooze clear or yellow liquid. In time, the blisters will heal and scab over.
In most cases, herpes sores occur on the head, shaft, and base of the penis.
In addition to pain when peeing, some STIs cause stinging and burning on your penis, such as chlamydia, syphilis, and gonorrhoea. The penis can also be affected by small white or grey growths caused by syphilis, just as with herpes blisters.
Some people mistake genital herpes for genital warts, but genital warts are not painful. If unsure whether you have herpes or another illness, see your doctor and take an STI test.
An initial outbreak occurs when you experience symptoms for the first time. Symptoms usually last two to six weeks, but antiviral medications can speed up healing.
The symptoms of another outbreak can last around 1 to 2 weeks. You can relieve your symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness with antiviral medications. You may experience milder symptoms than at the beginning of your outbreak. It is possible for some people never to experience another outbreak.
You can recognize herpes sores by looking at a photo, but only a doctor can confirm whether you have herpes on your penis with a herpes test. STI clinics and home genital herpes test kits are available for self-testing. Herpes sores can appear on your penis, anus, and buttocks.
It is possible to contract genital herpes through skin-to-skin contact during sex, including vaginal, oral, and anal contact. Despite the absence of visible signs of herpes on your penis, genital herpes can be passed on. Condoms should be used during sex to prevent genital herpes from spreading. If you encounter an infected area, you should maintain good hygiene and wash your hands.
Infected areas of the genital area must be covered with a condom to prevent the spread of genital herpes. Having sexual contact with your partner or yourself if you are experiencing symptoms of an outbreak, such as blisters, sores, or tingling, is not recommended. Genital herpes can be transmitted through sharing sex toys.
Herpes cannot be cured, but it can be managed with treatment. To get herpes, you must catch a virus called herpes simplex. Once you catch the virus, it remains in your body until the outbreak occurs. Some people get several outbreaks a year, while others don't.
Certain things can trigger genital herpes, such as alcohol, stress, being unwell, having sex, or smoking.
Herpes vaccines are not currently available, but possible vaccines are being developed.
It does not usually affect your general health in the long run if you have herpes on the penis. Many penis herpes cases resolve on their own or with the help of herpes treatments like aciclovir. Men tend to have more outbreaks than women, but you can protect yourself and your partner by avoiding sex and using a condom.
Having HIV can make genital herpes more serious. You may be more likely to contract HIV if you have open sores on your penis during an outbreak of genital herpes. Pregnant women can also be at risk of getting neonatal herpes if they get genital herpes. If your partner is pregnant and you have herpes on your penis, you should speak with your doctor.
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