A rash is an erythematous outbreak on the surface of the skin that may or may not be accompanied with itching. Not all rashes are caused by sexually transmitted diseases, and not all sexually transmitted diseases cause a rash. However, if you are sexually active, you are at the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease and developing a rash.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) show up in the form of symptoms on various parts of the body. One of the earliest symptoms of most sexually transmitted diseases is a rash. While in some cases the rash is harmless and goes away with the application of a topical ointment, there are those rashes that can turn into a serious outbreak of pustules or ulcers. Listed below are some of the common rashes that are associated with STDs.
Different Kinds Of STD Rashes
Chancres In Syphilis
There are four stages of syphilis. In the first stage, a small sore appears at the site where the bacteria entered the body; this could be the penis, vagina, rectum and even the lips. This sore is known as a chancre. The sore itself does not cause any pain and disappears without being treated, within a few weeks. Usually, only one chancre is noticed.
In the second stage of syphilis, the chancre disappears and a mild rash appears on the soles of the feet or the palms of the hand.
The third and fourth stages do not present with a rash.
Painful Sores And Genital Herpes
The rash that arises from genital herpes consists of blisters and sores that are painful. Just as in cold sores, the rash that occurs due to genital herpes is accompanied by fever, fatigue and even a fever.
This condition is extremely contagious and can spread from one individual to another even after the rash disappears. Sometimes this rash can turn into ulcers that ooze pus.
Unsightly Sores In Genital Warts
An unsightly rash is noticed in the case of genital warts. This rash may be present in the penis, around the vagina and the anus of both or only one partner.
It may not look like a rash and may instead present as a cluster of bumps. The condition can cause a severe itch. This is a serious condition that needs to be treated since it can cause cervical cancer in women when left untreated.
Testing For STD Rashes
Rashes are an embarrassment. Talking about them and having them looked at by a doctor is cause for further embarrassment. However, it is important that any rash that is suspected to be caused due to an STD be treated as soon as possible to prevent an outbreak. Prevent the spread of STDs to your loved ones by getting your rash checked out. Abstain from sexual intercourse until the rash has been tested and treated by your doctor.
If you have a rash that has been caused by an STD, your doctor will order tests in order to find out the nature of the rash and the type of sexually transmitted disease. Further diagnostic testing will reveal the stage it has progressed to. Urine tests and blood tests may be conducted in this regard.