Medical Specialty >> Urology

Doctors Lounge - Urology Answers

Back to Urology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge (www.doctorslounge.com) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 8/13/2017.

Forum Name: Urology Topics

Question: Urethra opening of penis is red


 Dark0wnz - Sun Jun 06, 2010 1:27 pm

Hello, I am a 20 year old male who is uncircumcised and my urethral opening is red. However, there is no pain, discharge, itching or even a really foul smell. I have noticed that my foreskin seems to be tight which makes it difficult to pull completely back. I've noticed on the inside of my foreskin there is what looks like either a small cut or a vein that is also red and maybe a few very small bumps but once again no pain or anything. I guess im just looking for a direction to go in about all of this. Your help is appreciated thank you.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:53 pm

User avatar Hello,Inflammation of the penile head is known as balanitis and the prepuce posthitis.Both are common of the uncircumsized penis due to difficulty in cleaning.Mild infection sets in and the early signs include the redness of the opening of the urethral orifice.
You need to get examined to rule out other causes of tightening of prepuce like balanitis xeritica obliterans which is rare.
You may need a course of antibiotic,and antifungal creme or internal antibiotic if the balanitis is severe.
Recurrence may be an indication for circumcision in some.Most of minor infections resolve with proper cleansing with soap and water.
Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us