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Forum Name: Male Sexual Disorders

Question: penile rash?


 slippage - Wed Nov 23, 2005 7:06 pm

couple of nights ago....i came home and decided to hit the showers and go masturbate...the next day, my penis kind of felt weird....the foreskin was swollen and everytime i touched my penis, it felt uncomfortable....but couple of days later the swollen foreskin disappeared..but wen i pulled the foreskin back, the head of the penis was red? is this a rash? i didnt have sex or anything wif anyone, so i can rule out any STD's....
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:58 am

User avatar Hello,

Balanitis is inflammation of the glans penis commonly seen in uncircumscribed men. It usually causes redness and/or a blotchy rash on the glans, sometimes with a discharge. Balanitis involving the foreskin or prepuce is termed balanoposthitis. The most common complication of balanitis is phimosis, or inability to retract the foreskin from the glans penis.

Balanoposthitis may have any of multiple bacterial and fungal origins. Complex infections also have been well documented. These often are due to a poorly retractile foreskin and poor hygiene that leads to colonization and overgrowth.

Anaerobic organisms have been associated with the diagnosis, although in most cases, the patient is treated empirically and a specific organismal etiology is not obtained. Candidal infection appears to be the most common cause of disease. The condition in older adult men often has other etiologies, including intertrigo; irritant dermatitides; and candidal, viral, or fungal infections.

Treatment centers on antibiotics / antifungal treatment, improved hygiene and treatment of eczema if present.

Given the limitations of the internet as a diagnostic tool, you are advised to seek a direct clinical examination to reach the proper diagnosis.

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