Penile lesions and blisters typically appear as patches
on the skin and may burst to leave open sores on the penis.
Can penile sores and blisters be symptoms of an STD?
Yes. Getting tested regularly is the best way to stay up-to-date on your sexual health.
If you are having unprotected sex or sex with a new partner, STD testing may be the
right decision for you.
Most men are surprised to learn that
penile sores and blisters can be symptoms of
herpes simplex virus type 1, or herpes simplex virus type 2.
Syphilis is curable with antibiotics if detected and treated
early. As long as it’s treated in the early stages, long-term risks associated with
syphilis are minimal.
There is not a cure for herpes type 1 or herpes type 2. Antiviral
medications can help prevent the spread of herpes type 1 & 2 but it is not a 100% guarantee.
By taking prescribed medications, patients who test positive for herpes type 1 & 2
can help reduce the risk of infecting others, while being sexually active.
Untreated STDs can cause long term health problems for patients, so it's important
to get tested if you believe you're at risk.
Outside of STDs there are two infections that can cause blisters and sores
to appear on the penis.
Scabies, a type of contagious skin
infection that is caused by a parasite, can sometimes cause blisters or lesions on the penis.
It is often accompanied by an itching feeling, which may lead to the
formation of a rash or blisters. Topical medications are available for treatment if a doctor
diagnoses you with scabies.
Yeast infections are more common among
women, although men can get them as well. A male yeast
infection usually causes redness and itching on the head of the penis. In some cases, small white
blisters may appear. The primary method of transmission is sexual activity with an infected
female partner.Without treatment for both partners, it is possible or the yeast infection to be
transferred back and forth indefinitely.