Patients often develop sores on their genitals. These sores occur on the vulva or scrotum. They are usually red and painful, especially while passing urine. Sexually transmitted diseases like genital herpes or syphilis are the main cause of genital ulcers. This is why seeing a gynecologist or urologist is important to rule out other diseases. Genital ulcers usually leave permanent scars. In mild cases, treatment consists of using analgesics and topical ointments. Avoid irritating factors such as perfumed soaps, and tight clothing. A topical corticosteroid or anesthetic ointment might give you a relief. Using an oral steroid such as prednisone usually results in rapid relief of pain. Taking a prolonged course of doxycycline can help prevent recurrence.
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