Genital Ulcer

Genital ulcers are open sores occurring on the genital area, which appear as flesh-colored bumps and blisters on the affected region. The causes are inflammatory diseases, trauma, the reaction of skin products, sexually transmitted diseases. It is managed by applying topical antimicrobials, topical anti-inflammatory agents, and cold compress with Burow's solution (Aluminium triacetate) to reduce edema and swelling.

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There is a left curvature on my penis when erect. Is it normal?

Query: Hello doctor, My penis has a left curvature when erect. Is it normal, or whether I have to take any treatment? I also have red spots on my penis head, and it appears pinkish at the opening. Kindly help. Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. The curvature on the penis can be corrected surgically by placating the opposite side of the curvature. There will be a little bit shortening of the penis, but it will be straight. This curvature does not p...  Read Full »

Are recurring genital lesions indicative of herpes?

Query: Hello doctor,I was wondering if you could help me figure out if I have herpes or not. I have had these come and go and went to a doctor to see, but they said it is caused by humidity and clothes and that it is not herpes, but it keeps reoccurring. I had the same worry last year, but it was less than...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Do you use harsh soaps? Is there any allergic reaction to soap, lubricant, or latex? Do you have a tingling or burning sensation? Do you have painful lesions, fever, itching, or irritation...  Read Full »

Why do I get recurrent burning and ulcers at the tip of penis even after topical medication?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a sexually inactive 29-year-old male. I have a burning sensation near the tip of the penis for few days while urinating. Before few days, I also had an ulcer under the head of the penis. I am circumcised. Sometimes, I have a burning sensation while doing ejaculation during masturbatio...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The ulcer usually occurs due to friction.   Read Full »

What could be the cause for the sore on my testis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore on my testis. It is round and bulged with an indent in the middle. When I try and squeeze it, it bleeds but no pus or discharge. I did go to my general physician, and he says it might be a wart, but he is not sure. I would like to get a second opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The attached photograph (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) looks like a genital ulcer. There are different reasons for this. 1. It could be due to bacterial infection. 2. Due to some medications. 3. Trauma. 4. Venereal disease. There are some ...  Read Full »

How to confirm whether my genital ulcer is due to syphilis or herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a genital ulcer for many days, and I do not know what is going on. I am a medical student and thinking about two causes, genital herpes or syphilis. I had an STD test for both and took treatment for this. Personally, it reminds me of herpes, and I have started taking Valacyclov...  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are many differential diagnoses of genital ulcer-like herpes genitalis, primary chancre, beaches, chancroid, gonorrhea, STI, etc. Have you done VRDL, TPHA, FTA-Abs tests? If the tests come reactive or positive, take tablet Doxycycline 100 mg twice daily aft...  Read Full »

What should I do for the ulcer and painful rash on my penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a single ulcer on my penis shaft where the doctor prescribed Keflex and Bactroban ointment. He also has a swab for chlamydia and blood tests for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis, etc., which all came back negative. I applied Bactroban on the ulcer and around the skin and decided to mas...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Ulcer on the shaft of the penis can be due to different reasons like herpes genitalis, local trauma, or secondary bacterial infection, and some STDs (sexually transmitted disease). Was there any pain associated with the appearance of an ulcer? Is there any painful o...  Read Full »

Please suggest medications for redness in the head of the penis.

Query: Hello doctor, I have red skin on the head of the penis. The forehead of the penis is red and when I pull skin up, I see some thick water like liquid (sometime look like it is white) is coming out of skin. The whole area where water coming out is red and looking like it has injuries or cuts. This si...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your history, it can be candidal balanitis. Treatment for the same is antifungal medications. But to be sure of diagnosis kindly send an image of the involved area and revert back so that oral medications can be advised along with topical. For more information con...  Read Full »

What causes light brown spotting?

Query: Hello doctor, Age: 21 years, Female. I started my period a month back (24 June). I currently do not know the length of my period but it varies from 24-29 days, my last period was 24 days. According to my period tracking apps my ovulation day is the 30th of June (if it’s going by the 24 days l...  Read Full »

Dr. Monika Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Considering your cycle duration and ovulatory periods, the time when you had contact, there are a few possibilities of the etiology of bleeding. The first one is that you might be having some ulcer or erosion out there in vagina or cervix which got further ulcerated whe...  Read Full »

I have painful wound with itching in penis after sex. Is it gonorrhea?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 36 years old, male. I am traveling and had sex two weeks ago without condom. After two days, I felt itching and pain while peeing. Now, two weeks later, I have white painful wound on my penis. I visited a doctor yesterday and received an injection and two pills antibiotics. He said ...  Read Full »

Dr. C Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have developed ulcers after two weeks. Usually, in gonorrhea you will have painful white discharge from penis. In syphilis, ulcer will develop after 10 to 14 days, painless single, button like ulcer. Painful genital ulcers in this case are may be herpes simplex...  Read Full »

A small itchy bump developed in to an ulcer in the pubic area. Please recommend medicine.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a skin ulcer that appeared about a week ago in the pubic area. The initial lesion is now surrounded by four liquid filled bumps that look like they also will become ulcers. A small itchy bump developed into an ulcer in 10 days. Three days between photos at a different stage of ...  Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1. Looking at the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I could think of two differentials for it and they are pyoderma, a superficial bacterial infection, or herpes genitalis, a disease spread via sexual contact and presents with grouped blisters ...  Read Full »

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