Which symptoms does herpes cause in men?
A herpes episode usually starts with a tingling, burning or itching sensation in the area where the blisters will appear. In men, the blisters usually affect the penis or anus but they can also affect the urethra (the tube passing from the bladder to the penis), which can cause severe pain during urination.
After the initial stage, blisters begin to form. The number of blisters differs between patients. While some men only notice one or two blisters, others suffer from many painful blisters. Over the course of several days, the blisters fill with liquid and eventually burst, leaving open sores. The sores will turn then into scabs and gradually heal.
From beginning to end, a male herpes episode can last 2 - 3 weeks. Most men find that the first outbreak they experience causes more severe genital herpes symptoms
than any future episodes. Recurring herpes often passes within a few days, especially if antiviral treatment is taken as soon as you notice the first symptoms.
Other possible genital herpes symptoms in men include:
- pain when you pass urine
- flu-like symptoms such as a fever, muscle aches and pains