They may change in appearance, increasing in size or becoming crusty. They can appear on the vulva or deeper inside the vagina. They can cause painful urination and pain during sex (dyspareunia). They are not necessarily a sign of sexually transmitted disease, although the main feature of herpes is genital lesions. They may also be due to other STIs or skin conditions (dermatitis) caused by allergens, irritants, or other conditions.
Typical symptoms that accompany the appearance of genital lesions or sores include: Itching; pain around the lesion or elsewhere in the pelvic area; sensation of burning or discomfort during urination; bleeding; painful intercourse (dyspareunia); heavy discharge or discharge with a strong odour.
Genital lesions or sores are most commonly caused by sexually transmitted diseases, although this is not always the cause.
The STIs that cause lesions are genital herpes, genital warts, syphilis, and bacterial or viral skin infections (such as chancroid, which starts as a bump and develops into an ulcer, and molluscum contagiosum, a viral infection with a main feature of painless papules that develop into pearly nodules).
Non-sexually transmitted conditions that cause lesions include vulvovaginitis, which is an inflammatory condition affecting the vulva and vagina, contact dermatitis, caused by allergic reaction, and atopic dermatitis, where the skin becomes inflamed due to allergy. In rare cases, genital lesions are a sign of cancer.
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Not always. There are some STIs that have symptoms of lesions (this is the main symptom of genital herpes, and of syphilis) but genital lesions can be caused by allergens and other conditions.
Vulvovaginitis, and contact or atopic dermatitis can both cause genital lesions and are due to inflammatory conditions usually due to allergy. In some very rare cases, genital lesions are a sign of cancer.
You may also notice burning, pain or discomfort on urination, irregular bleeding, painful intercourse, or unusually heavy discharge.