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Red striations / rash on penis

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  • Posted By: b4before
  • May 23, 2008
  • 05:36 AM

In February of this year I noticed I had developed a rug burn type rash from what I determined to be from friction during masterbation. The mark was about the size of dime on the top of the head of my penis. I tried to keep it clean and dry, but didn't really pay it much attention.

At the end of Feb I noticed a few little red bumps developing within the rash. Within a few weeks the dime size rash had extended upward and downward, but not outward. It has never gotten larger or smaller over the course of the 2 month treatment.

There is no itching, no pain, no soreness, no oozing... it's a little tender, but the only real discomfort is the sight of the redness and striations / rash. When I say striations, there are grooves / lines in the skin. I've researched a ton of skin diseases, including STD's and I can't find anything similar. I don't think it's an STD as I last had sex in October of 2007.

Two doctors diagnosed it as fungal, one dermatologist as eczema. Here is a rundown of my visits and treatments.

On March 14 I visited Dr. #1. He diagnosed it as Balanitis, which he explained was like jock itch / fungal. I was prescribed a basic fungal ointment (can't remember the name). I applied the ointment for 3 weeks and there was no noticable change at all.

On April 8 I visited Dr. #2. He took a sample on a slide and looked at it under a microscope and said it was fungal. I was prescribed ECONAZOLE and FLUTICASONE. I applied the ointments for 10 days. The small bumps began to dissapear on April 15, but the redness and striations persisted. I ended the treatment on April 17, at which time the red bumps were mostly gone...then the skin became extremely dry, so bad it cracked in several places. When the skin became less dry, the striations were lighter red, but still there along with a few patches of the small red bumps.

On April 29 I visited Dr. #2 for the followup visit. He looked at it, and said it was healing, although a little dry. He told me to use a moisturizer which I did for 2 days. At which time the red bumps came back, and the red striations became bright red again. I was back at square one, so I setup an appointment with a Dermatologist.

Also, since the 10 day treatment had worked to some extent (at least on the red bumps), I began a second 10 day treatment. I finished that treatment on May 11.

On May 14 I visited the Dermatologist. The red bumps were gone at this point but the redness and striations were still there. The Derm diagnosed it as Eczema and prescribed PROTOPIC ointment. After doing some research on both Eczema and Protopic I decided to do nothing at that point and see how things progressed as it looked like things were getting better.

On March 16 the skin got extremely dry again from the second 10 day treatment. This time, as the skin was dry, it looked as if everything was clearing up. As the skin became less dry, the striations began to reappear and redden up a little, but the red bumps were gone.

Today, the red bumps are gone and the red striations are lighter, but look like they're going away one minute, then back again the next minute. I don't really want to do any more treatments until I can figure out what this is.

The dermatologist diagnosed it as eczema, but the one constant I'm seeing with eczema cases I've researched is itching. Which I've never had itching at all, not even when it is / was extremely dry. I don't want to use the Protopic unless I'm convinced that it's eczema and/or/if Protopic is safe to use and will work for what I have. Also, I've never had eczema and it doesn't run in my family.

I wanted to see what thoughts / advice I could get here. I have pics I can link up if someone would like to take a look and help with a diagnosis.

Thanks!

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  • It does sound like a fungus with sensitivity to the medication, however, you need a blood test for syphilis and I would do herpes 2 just to rule those two diseases out. Then you can go back to the fungus treatment if you don't have a virus. You know, it could be two different things and they are only treating one thing; that's why I think it's important to get checked for those two stds and you might just want to check for all of the others.
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  • You have described my exact condition. Did you ever figure out what it was? If, so how did you treat it? Any help would be great. Thanks.
    winfield 2 Replies
    • November 22, 2008
    • 07:27 PM
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  • In February of this year I noticed I had developed a rug burn type rash from what I determined to be from friction during masterbation. The mark was about the size of dime on the top of the head of my penis. I tried to keep it clean and dry, but didn't really pay it much attention. At the end of Feb I noticed a few little red bumps developing within the rash. Within a few weeks the dime size rash had extended upward and downward, but not outward. It has never gotten larger or smaller over the course of the 2 month treatment. There is no itching, no pain, no soreness, no oozing... it's a little tender, but the only real discomfort is the sight of the redness and striations / rash. When I say striations, there are grooves / lines in the skin. I've researched a ton of skin diseases, including STD's and I can't find anything similar. I don't think it's an STD as I last had sex in October of 2007. Two doctors diagnosed it as fungal, one dermatologist as eczema. Here is a rundown of my visits and treatments. On March 14 I visited Dr. #1. He diagnosed it as Balanitis, which he explained was like jock itch / fungal. I was prescribed a basic fungal ointment (can't remember the name). I applied the ointment for 3 weeks and there was no noticable change at all. On April 8 I visited Dr. #2. He took a sample on a slide and looked at it under a microscope and said it was fungal. I was prescribed ECONAZOLE and FLUTICASONE. I applied the ointments for 10 days. The small bumps began to dissapear on April 15, but the redness and striations persisted. I ended the treatment on April 17, at which time the red bumps were mostly gone...then the skin became extremely dry, so bad it cracked in several places. When the skin became less dry, the striations were lighter red, but still there along with a few patches of the small red bumps. On April 29 I visited Dr. #2 for the followup visit. He looked at it, and said it was healing, although a little dry. He told me to use a moisturizer which I did for 2 days. At which time the red bumps came back, and the red striations became bright red again. I was back at square one, so I setup an appointment with a Dermatologist. Also, since the 10 day treatment had worked to some extent (at least on the red bumps), I began a second 10 day treatment. I finished that treatment on May 11. On May 14 I visited the Dermatologist. The red bumps were gone at this point but the redness and striations were still there. The Derm diagnosed it as Eczema and prescribed PROTOPIC ointment. After doing some research on both Eczema and Protopic I decided to do nothing at that point and see how things progressed as it looked like things were getting better. On March 16 the skin got extremely dry again from the second 10 day treatment. This time, as the skin was dry, it looked as if everything was clearing up. As the skin became less dry, the striations began to reappear and redden up a little, but the red bumps were gone. Today, the red bumps are gone and the red striations are lighter, but look like they're going away one minute, then back again the next minute. I don't really want to do any more treatments until I can figure out what this is. The dermatologist diagnosed it as eczema, but the one constant I'm seeing with eczema cases I've researched is itching. Which I've never had itching at all, not even when it is / was extremely dry. I don't want to use the Protopic unless I'm convinced that it's eczema and/or/if Protopic is safe to use and will work for what I have. Also, I've never had eczema and it doesn't run in my family. I wanted to see what thoughts / advice I could get here. I have pics I can link up if someone would like to take a look and help with a diagnosis. Thanks! You have described my exact condition. Did you ever figure out what it was? If, so how did you treat it? Any help would be great. Thanks
    winfield 2 Replies
    • November 25, 2008
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  • I am having the exact symptoms. This has been going on for 3 months seen urologist, Diagnosis bad yeast infection. creams and topical ointments ,cortizone seem to get rid of the redness but not the striations. Dermatologis Diagnosis- Hypersensitive skin. Condtions of the striations and redness seem to flare up...Have not had a biopsy what is my next step in trying to get a proper diagnosis?Thanks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 3, 2008
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  • I just noticed this on me starting this week. I've been researching online and this is the closest I've come to finding anything similar.It looks about the size of a dime, red, doesn't itch, and no pain. Sometimes it seems like the center lightens in color. I've also noticed that my penis is dry since it's shown up. If I have an erection, it looks like dry skin everywhere. Like ashy elbows do. But when it goes down, I don't notice any white/ashy skin. I was just diagnosed with a genital wart recently, but that seems to be a completely unrelated issue from what I'm reading online.So far, I've heard to check for syphilis and herpes. I read somewhere else this could be a precursor to penile cancer, but if your doctors didn't mention that at all, who knows.I don't know if I'm helping anyone, but I'll see what my doctor says after I see him and a local STD facility.Thank you for posting and documenting so I know what to bring up to the doctor when I see him. I might just print this out.So, thank you, thank you for documenting this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2009
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  • I have this condition also. I've had it since april of 2008 i went to a doctor in november and have given multiple creams all of which failed. I used the protopic which seemed to work short term but eventually the straitions came back. My life has become miserable because of a ridiculous penis rash. Does anyone know how to cure this?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2009
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  • I have had some of the same symptoms only i have small white and red spots at the shaft of my penis with a red rash there also and after a shower etc it becomes very red? can anyone help me? i am going to the Docs next weekcmc999 what were your symptoms for genital warts?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 5, 2009
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  • hey guys, I have pretty much the exact some problem that has been described by you guys.I am almost positive i got it from a girl giving me head, because it appeared a day or two after this new girl I was with gave me head. Then like 2 weeks later she gave me head again and another red spot appeared. i was curious if you guys also got head around the time you contracted this "fungus" I guess cause thats what the doctors keep telling me it is but nothing they give me works!This has been going on for over 2 months, and like others on this board it is getting me very depressed and insanely sexual frustrating because I can't not (well won't) fool around with another girl till its gone or I know exactly what it is.If any of you have found anything that works or figured out what this could be please please post and share. This **** is killing me!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 23, 2009
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  • The problem discussed is similar for me yet I haven't seen any Dr. responses or clinical explanations which my give me a conclusive decision as to what it is. My condition comes and goes. Prior, I was using a steroid cream and anti fungal cream which would diminish the symptoms. The Dr. suggest it's "dermatitis". Such a broad determination in my opinion. I recently start having the problem again. The rash persisted and I decided not to put the creams on as I was depending on them every time it happened. The rash doesn't hurt, but it's unsightly (red, brighter after showering, looks like small blotches clustered together. It typically is at the rim of the penis head and upper shaft. It's bothering me because I don't want to rely on the creams and a steroid as I'm concerned about the long term effects. Does anyone else have this problem? I have been tested for STD's. Once positive for Hpv, but this doesn't seem like warts as it is more of a rash. Any help would be appreciated.Also, I had to fight problems with my nails in the past, taking antibiotics which didn't help. It appeared to me as a fungal or yeast problem in the nailbed, but the only thing that seemed to help get rid of it was rubbing vicks on it. Today, the problem is totally under control. Anyway, may my penile problem relates to this? In my mid 30's I just want to know what to do. Maybe I need to reassess my diet in relations to the topic of Candidiais. Thanks for inputting.hey guys, I have pretty much the exact some problem that has been described by you guys.I am almost positive i got it from a girl giving me head, because it appeared a day or two after this new girl I was with gave me head. Then like 2 weeks later she gave me head again and another red spot appeared. i was curious if you guys also got head around the time you contracted this "fungus" I guess cause thats what the doctors keep telling me it is but nothing they give me works!This has been going on for over 2 months, and like others on this board it is getting me very depressed and insanely sexual frustrating because I can't not (well won't) fool around with another girl till its gone or I know exactly what it is.If any of you have found anything that works or figured out what this could be please please post and share. This **** is killing me!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 29, 2009
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  • im only sixteen and i have the same problem i don't want to tell my mom unless i MUST to go to the doctors to treat the problem.. please help
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 30, 2009
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  • its fungus guys and if you get it once , then when you have a cold for example or your immune is down it might reappear.Or when you take antibiotics ( for all these it might reappear ) . Its not a virus , its a bacterial infection and if you get it once you can cure it with antifungal creams etc but it might reappear for various reasons.That does not mean that you should always apply cream to penis.I have the same problem.Doctor told me 3 times a week or daily to soap my penis inside out,dry it with paper towel from kitchen and 3 times a week after doing these things to apply a dermatologic powder in the afternoon.(after cleaning it and drying it)If anytime it gets severe again or dont go away by cleaning etc then its best to call the urologist and ask him if you can apply antifungal cream.Keeping it clean at all times is your best therapy for the long run.I am not circumsized and i get it much easier.Next month i will get fully circumsized so to drop my chances for getting it again and so easy.After going to the toilet,having sex etc get it clean !!! its the most important thing for the fungus to not reappear easy or make it go away for as long as you can
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 5, 2009
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  • This sounds like Psoriasis...http://psoriasis.about.com/od/livingwithpsoriasis/qt/mgs.htm
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 17, 2009
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  • Same symptoms, doctor said it's balanitis, gave me some hydrocortisone cream, but i've yet to apply lol. This thing comes and goes on its own though. It looks pretty bad today... and I'm now wondering.. how exactly do I get rid of this for good.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 27, 2009
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  • I've read each and every posting on this topic and can easily relate to this. I have very similar concerns as to what exactly this "rash" is. To respond to some of you from my related issues and research: I do not have anything affecting any other part of my body. My situation started simply with one circularly/ovally-shaped, slightly raised and fungal-looking, bright, red patch about 3 CM's in diameter. This was approximately 5 months ago. It has not gone away. In fact, it has spread where there are now additional patches elsewhere somewhat near the original. These others (3 in total, but look like more are on the way) are located on the outer edge of the top of the head area (right on the actual rim edge). These others are smaller in size (approx 2cm in diameter).To those fighting other problems that are affecting finger and toe nails, this symptom is related to Psoriasis. To those that can respond to possibly having this occur after "getting head", I am included in this conversation. I noticed the first red patch just under my head on the shaft exactly where my wife bit me using her teeth during oral sex. I thought it was nothing more than a "bite mark" that will just go away. Unfortunately, it hasn't, and the others have appeared approx 1-4 months after sporadically. My wife is prone to getting cold sores (which is a type of Herpes), so my first thought was it was Herpes... but there is absolutely no pain whatsoever which tells me otherwise.I often believe my masturbating has only spread it. I am not concerned this was something that manifested as an STD. I have not been checked and I am now at the point where I am concerned. Penile Cancer does not sound good and I will definitely get this looked into. The embarrassment has delayed my doctor's visit.I am prone to think this is a fungus from reading other posts, but it seems as though the others who have tried fungal creams are not having much success.The bright redness only shows itself when there is some type of chaffing (through masturbation). After a few days, the redness goes away, it scabs over a little, and the legions simply soften in appearance to a pinkish color, but it's always there.There is absolutely no pain and no itching. It is just THERE! And now it's spreading slightly. It is not completely ungodly to look at - especially when it is not bright, but the bright red appearance is not a happy sight.I will follow up with a doctor's visit... but I sincerely hope that I do not get the run-around on this. I am concerned a dermatologist will say one thing and my primary will say another, and the next thing you know, I've visited 5 doctors who are all saying different things.If anyone can shed some more light on this topic, please chime in and inform us if there has been anything that helps rid this pesky problem.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 5, 2010
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  • MI'M in the same boat as everyone else. Been using creams, tried peroxide wash then using the contents of a probitic capsule, taken fungal detox course, all to no avail. Please if someone has some more information let us know. I assure you it will be greatly appreciated.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 1, 2010
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  • I cannot figure out what this is for me. For me I have red bumps on the front of my penis shaft, a few of them right on the VEINS that are on the penis, I have one blotch looking bump at the start of the penis head, like right on the edge. Apperance at first was very dry skin with this, and showering makes it worse, so I figured it was just dry skin and irritation from the cold weather mixed with bathing etc. I've just been applying normal skin lotion to it multiple times aday, which will make it look less terrible, but it thus far (day three, I had something similar but it just came back this time 10 times worse) when I first looked at it three days ago I said "Holy ****" and I am a sexually active 21 year old male, who easily can get majority of girls in the sack, my point being I AM NOT GOING TO EMBARESS MYSELF WITH THIS, and I am not going to wait around and let my best sex life years goto waste because of some stupid bumps and dry skin.I need a solution but obviously from these posts no solutions can be found by anybody.my only idea is if it could have been caused by a large increase in testosterone? I am a fitness trainer and took a legal steroid which turns into 1-androtestosterone and testosterne you rub it on your skin and it absorbs, did that for a month and now I am taking another topical cream for the PCT, which balances out the Estrogen keeping it low and keeps the testosterone high so you don't get any weight lifting cycle side effects like gyno etc. but I wonder if this could have caused the break out?!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 17, 2010
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  • Hey I pretty much have a lot of the same symptoms you guys are talking about. I am uncircumsized and onset of this happened in October with the season change (skin gets dry in cold temperatures). I noticed the skin was acting differently like it was not breathing correctly. It had creases and my usual BO was absent. I switched back to boxers from boxer briefs. Second I switched to Dove Unscented soap. Finally I shaved the majority of my body hair but made sure to leave a good amount so my body could carry out its normal processes (trimmed mostly but did shave my balls). The red bumps on my penis have gone away but there is still at least one pink bump that I noticed near the rim of my penis. Originally those bumps along the rim began my ordeal. First one became inflamed which then touched and rubbed my foreskin. A bump on my foreskin transferred to a small part of my head which made that inflamed and touched more of my foreskin that touched more of my head. All this during peeing I assume. Nothing comes out of bumps, and it can not be popped exactly so it's not herpes. The only thing left now is a bump that's like pushing an air bubble is the best I can describe. Been tested and given a clean bill of health. Then I remembered while shaving my balls I noticed something that I have seen before on my chest and have been diagnosed for. Tinea Versicolor. It is more prevalent in people with lighter tones of skin. If you have this you will have patches of skin that are itchy. After you disturb the skin by scratching or shaving you will see a dry patch surrounded by normal skin. Almost like an island. It can be pink, beige, red, but there will be a discoloration particular to your tone. It is a fungal infection that feeds on sun rays but acts out during the winter when it doesn't get enough food (less sun & heat). It causes redness, dryness, very light to mild itching. Can't say it is what you have but maybe you do. I can not find a single thing that is what I have. Before all this it did seem to move closer to my inner thigh but it's not really something you really notice until it's disturbed. I will be visiting dermatologist as soon as I get a job and the money to get my genitals examined under ultra violet light at dermatologist. If you have an ultra-violet light like the blueish light from a fish tank, you can hold that up to you while naked in the dark and see if you find any patches.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 28, 2010
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  • Has anyone diagnosed this issue yet and found an effective cure. I have the exact same issue and its driving me crazy. I also seemed to get it after receiving some somewhat vigorous oral (too much teeth). I've had it for about 5 months now and it wont go away.
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  • I have this condition also. I've had it since april of 2008 i went to a doctor in november and have given multiple creams all of which failed. I used the protopic which seemed to work short term but eventually the straitions came back. My life has become miserable because of a ridiculous penis rash. Does anyone know how to cure this?Doctors have this all wrong, they didnt look at the main factors which could of caused the rash for me, i found that the rash was from masterbation from the friction of skin, and also from not cleaning my penis proply after having sex or materbation, all what causes this is underwear which i noticed aswell rubbing on the end of the penis, also i noticed when i got a erection in my pants and my penis rubbed on the clothing it got a rash, this is not a fungi its just a rub burn sort of rash, i found that when the rash appears you must have a hot shower and wash the parts that are flared. i hope this helps you.
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  • I have the exact same thing, started as small spot, grew larger and then split into two separate spots, merged as grew larger and progressed to the edge of the head as a bright red rash, slightly raised, not painful but sensitive, and nothing I tried helped at all. It was actually trying to spread down the shaft, and I got really worried. I did notice that moisture seemed to make it appear worse, like after a shower, so I thought, what the heck, let me try something, can't hurt right? I applied Vaseline every morning to the affected area, and after a few days I noticed an improvement, so I kept doing it. Within two weeks, it went from spreading to receding, and getting much lighter in color. Elated, I kept the treatment up, sometimes skipping a day to let it air out, so to speak. It has taken a while, but the rash is completely gone, only a bit of lighter colored area remains, and that fades daily. I havent used Vaseline in weeks, and no re-occurance, just the fading scarring from whatever caused it. I hope this helps someone, I know I was soo relieved when it finally went away, and good luck!
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