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, 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 a multitude of painful blisters. Over the course of several days, the blisters fill with liquid and eventually burst, leaving open sores. The sores will turn 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 subsequent bouts. Recurring herpes often passes within a few days, especially if you take an antiviral treatment 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
Herpes in men - What you can do
1. Get diagnosed.
If you think that you are experiencing the symptoms of a beginning herpes episode you need to get diagnosed by a doctor. You can use our free online photo assessment or order order an STI test kit which includes a herpes swab test (this will only work if you currently have sores).
2. Get treated.
Whether you are going through your first ever herpes outbreak or have had bouts in the past, aciclovir tablets can help you manage your condition. You can order tablets and prescription for aciclovir online from our doctors or see your GP for a prescription.
3. Prevent outbreaks.
In order to avoid having frequent bouts of herpes, you should look after yourself and live healthily. If you find that despite your healthy lifestyle you keep experiencing recurrent herpes you can take a suppression treatment to avoid symptoms.