Causes of Genital Herpes In Men: Symptoms And Treatment Options

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease. Most men experience out-breaks (sores and blisters) on the scrotum, penis or anal region. Infected parts may be painful accompanied by itching. There are two types of viruses that cause herpes infection. HSV1 and HSV2 are the two viruses responsible for herpes. In majority of cases it is HSV2 virus that normally causes genital herpes, although HSV1 is not completely excluded.

Genital herpes is painful and it not only causes discomfort to the patient, but it can also result in emotional breakdown among many. Just like any other sexually transmitted disease, having sexual contact with an infected person can transmit the disease to a non -infected individual.

Wearing condom does not give full protection to the disease as the skin which remains uncovered may also have virus.

Male Genital Herpes Symptoms

  • Frequently, the case is asymptomatic, i.e. no manifesting symptoms. The infection may remain dormant for months or years.
  • In others, the symptoms may develop in 2 – 20 days after contact.
  • First attack causes noticeable sores that remain for 10 – 21 days.
  • Then, blisters may appear on the genitals.
  • The blisters than break open and the area become exposed and tender.
  • The raw area heals after few weeks.
  • During this period the infected area is painful and itchy.
  • Often there are swollen lymph glands in the groin area.
  • Headache and fever may accompany other symptoms.
  • Muscle pain and back pain.
  • The sores burn extremely while urinating. This symptom is more common in females than in males.

Treatment Options For Genital Herpes In Men

Treatment for genital herpes depends largely upon the phase of viral infection. Medical science is unable to know why in some; the virus remains dormant for years only to appear with a sudden attack later in life. People who are more tensed, depressed, carry more hostility seem to suffer from more frequent recurrences.

This attitude is known to suppress the immunity of a person. Patient who has herpes often experiences sadness, depression, anger and guilt. Patient should seek psychotherapy in such cases. Meditation, relaxation therapy, may help the patient to cope up and rev up his immunity.

Symptomatic treatment is resorted to handle the pain and itching when the sores and blisters develop.

  • A lukewarm compress or a lukewarm bath 3 to 4 times on the genital area can help alleviate pain considerably. It may be considered during the primary attack or the recurrences.
  • Acyclovir, a cream, can be applied to the sores to reduce the life-cycle and pain. It is an effective anti-viral.
  • Wear loose fitting underwear. As free movement of air is essential for healing, wear only underpants that allow your skin to breathe. Wear cotton underwear rather than synthetic.
  • Maintain strict hygiene.
  • Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to treat the pain, itching, fever and body ache.
  • Drug therapy to minimize outbreak.
  • There is no permanent cure for herpes. The treatment concentrates on minimizing out-breaks. Oral acyclovir checks out-breaks and recurrences. The anti-viral drugs prevent relapses and recurrences of the eruptions and blisters.
  • Avoid sexual contact when the sores are present. When sores are present avoid genital or anal contact.
  • Wash your hands with antiseptic solution after touching the infected area.

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