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6 skin symptoms that indicate a sexually transmitted disease

Any itching or redness is not always an allergy. It could indicate an STD. Find out symptoms that you not ignore.

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are extremely common. But many of them are asymptomatic, i.e. they display no symptoms at all. When they do display, the symptoms can range from mild to extreme.

Here are some of the common skin symptoms that indicate an STD.

Itching and redness

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STDs caused by fungi may cause red, itchy groin skin. Common symptoms of yeast infection include itching and burning sensation of the vagina or penis. Scabies causes intense itching which worsens at night. Pubic lice may cause symptoms of severe itching too. Trichomoniasis, a parasitic infection, can cause itching, burning, redness or soreness of the genitals. Rashes, red or brown, may be seen in mucous membranes of the mouth, vagina, or anus in the secondary stage of syphilis. It can also appear on the palms or soles of the feet. Tingling or burning sensation may be felt even before blisters start appearing on the skin surface in herpes infection.

Ulcers

Genital ulcers, often painless, in the groin area may be caused by granuloma inguinale. Painful ulcers on the genitals may be seen in chancroid.

Blisters and sores

Sore that usually appears like a bunch of tiny blisters or vesicles filled with clear fluid on or around the genitals, rectum, anus or mouth is a sign of herpes virus infection. These vesicles are extremely sensitive and may burst open, releasing the fluid present in it. After the blisters break open, a crust is formed on the affected area of the skin before it starts healing. Cold sores, a sign of herpes virus infection, are small blisters on the lips.

The primary symptom of syphilis is the presence of small, painless sore (chancre) on the part of the body where the infection was transmitted, usually the genitals, rectum, tongue or lips. 10 days after the sore has appeared red or reddish-brown, penny-sized rashes or sores (condylomata lata) over any area of the body, including the palms and soles may be seen as secondary symptom of syphilis.

Painful bump or sore in the genital area may be seen in chancroid. Within a day it becomes an ulcer with a grey or yellowish-grey material covered base.

Warts

The human papillomavirus (HPV) causes genital warts that can be transmitted by close skin-to-skin contact. The warts appear as small, flesh-coloured or grey swellings in the genital area. They can also develop in the mouth or throat of a person who has had oral sex with an infected person. In some cases, they appear in large clusters resembling a cauliflower.

Yellowish skin and eyes

Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes may be seen in hepatitis infection.

Papules

Small raised areas (papules) on the skin may be seen in molluscum contagiosum. Small red bumps may also appear in genital herpes infection.

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