Did you recently have unprotected sex, and now you’ve got some funny business going on down there? Maybe a rash, or some bumps or swelling? While it could be any number of things, male genital herpes is a very common condition (affecting around one in six men in the united states) and we’ll look at some of the more common symptoms to hopefully give you some insight into what you might be causing those nasty symptoms. Remember, even if you think you may or may not have contracted herpes, only a test from your doctor will tell you for sure, so make sure you get yourself checked out as soon as possible.
The condition in question is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus, and is more commonly referred to as HSV2. It is a strain of the same virus that causes cold sores on the mouth, which is known as HSV1.
HSV stays in the body for the lifetime of the infected person, but despite what you may have heard, herpes can be controlled and outbreaks lessened or stopped through anti-viral therapy, daily supplements or natural treatments. Getting diagnosed and getting treatment is very important and should be done immediately upon seeing any symptoms of male genital herpes.
The most common symptoms of male genital herpes are the outbreaks of blisters on or around the genital area. These can be as small as pimples, or sometimes large coin sized sores. Over the course of an outbreak, they will usually weep and eventually burst. They can be very painful and uncomfortable.
Other symptoms you might encounter from male genital herpes include an itchy rash, swelling and redness in the groin area, pain when urinating, and milky discharge from the penis. You may also experience flu like symptoms such as lethargy or tiredness, headache, nausea, muscle aches and fever.