Though some people visit this site to find comfort and support in the community, others seek it out after an unexpected (or unprotected) sexual encounter. Left with more questions than answers, these people have a burning desire (pun intended) to find out what their post-sex condition could mean. I see many people describe their symptoms on this site and ask what kind of disease they might have. My initial response is: “Go SEE a doctor!” Although the Internet is a powerful resource, there is no way one can be diagnosed online, even by a doctor. If you are concerned about bumps, discharge, or any other extraordinary signs of illness, you should make an appointment to see a medical professional who can examine you.
One of the main symptoms that people ask about is the presence of bumps on or near the genital area. The word “bump” is very vague; it could be anything from an ingrown hair to a herpes sore, and every...
About once or
twice a month, I see a young male in his late teens or early 20s who come to me
to evaluate a bump or lesion on his penis. Interestingly, many of these men
have sought evaluation before and STILL don't know what they have.
Here are the
most common causes of this symptom:
grouped lesions on the penis that are painful? Think about genital herpes as the cause. These lesions can also occur on the buttocks or anal area. The
initial outbreak may be associated with fever. Herpes is the most common STD in
and most genital lesions in men are herpes.
Have a bump
that looks like a wart or has a cauliflower appearance? You may have genital
warts. Warts are caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus --
different ones than those that cause cervical cancer in women. In most cases,
the warts do not cause symptoms, but occasionally they can burn, itch or be
tender. They can also produce a discharge. The lesions may be tan, pink or
There is good news ahead for herpes patients, who usually suffer
through a week of treatment before their pain and symptoms are
The FDA has recently approved Famvir as a one-day treatment
option for patients with genital herpes, the first of its kind.
Used properly, under the new FDA dosing regimen guidelines, Famvir
can be used to prevent herpes outbreaks or curtail them as they
This is a huge step in treatment for a virus that affects 45
million people in the U.S. and whose symptoms often go
The key to herpes treatment is managing the virus in the first
signs of an outbreak, when the virus is most active. Studies showed
that patients who were treated with Famvir at these critical
moments greatly shortened the period of time needed for recovery
from herpes symptoms.
A 1,500-milligram once-a-day dosage has been approved for cold
sores, to be taken for one day at the onset of an outbreak.
A 1,000-milligram twice-a-day for one day dosage has been
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