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Question: Penis irratation


 crawmama - Sat May 28, 2005 5:39 pm

My seven year old son keeps saying that the tip of his penis itches. Today on the tip where the urine hole is seems to be a little irritated. Just a little pink in color. This has been a problem for about 2 weeks. He is constantly pulling on his penis saying the tip itches. About 2 weeks ago he had strep throat and his urine was also tested, and everything came back normal. His pediatrician said that nothing at that time looked irritated. What can this be. :
 Dr. Heba Ismail - Wed Jun 01, 2005 11:11 am

Dear crawmama,
It could be urethritis,which is an inflammation of the urethra. This is the tube that carries urine and semen through the penis and forms the opening at the end of the penis.
Chemical irritation caused by soaps, lotions, and colognes can cause temporary pain with urination. It could also result from infection.
He should drink plenty of fluids. He may take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as Motrin or Advil) and acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol) for pain control.
Sitz baths can help with the burning associated with chemical irritant urethritis. To take a sitz bath, fill the tub with 6-8 inches of warm water, just enough to cover the genitals when sitting in the tub. Try these a few times a day. Don't use soap or anything else in the bathtub that may irritate already sore areas.
In case of infection, he will need antibiotics.

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