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Persistent penile irritation, bumps, skin change.

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  • Posted By: lgs2783
  • February 25, 2011
  • 04:10 PM

Okay,sorry for the lengthiness of this post, but I feel a thorough background is necessary for this. For the past four years I have had irritation/skin problems with my penis head. The details are as follows...


Beginning of July, 2005: I had unprotected sex with a girl I had known for only a few days. Two days later, I got very sick. There was no vomiting or anything of that sort, just a general rundown feeling, and a feeling of whole body achiness seeming to originate in my lower back. The sickness, however, was gone by 10 PM that night and I felt great afterwards. At the time, I attributed this to what looked like spider bite on my leg …


July 2005 to August 2006: I was sexually active, but monogamous with a clean partner who was also only sleeping with me, and we always used protection. We had two instances of condom breakage, though. Symptom-free ...


Late August 2006: Discovered multiple, circular, painless, lesions in the pubic hair area above my penis. The lesions were about 2 mm in diameter, not in clusters, and within a week had healed. Before healing they sort of scabbed and had dry white edges before disappearing. Most of them disappeared completely, but one or two left freckle like dots in their place that are still there today. Halfway through this “outbreak” I visited a doctor to get them checked, and he told me they weren't like any STD he had heard of, and if they don't go away in a week then come back. I convinced him to give me a blood test for HSV-2 which came out negative.


December 2006: I experienced the same type of sickness described above, lasting only a single day. A couple weeks later, while being masturbated in the shower by my girlfriend, I noticed a slight burn in the tip of my penis upon ejaculation. There was nothing noticeable to see, so I attributed it to using soap as lubricant. About two days later after masturbating in the shower, I noticed a small sore on the left side of my penis head (glans) that really freaked me out, but after two days the store was completely gone with no noticeable remnants.


January 2007: while at work waiting tables (I never wore underwear), my penis head started to become very irritated and sore from rubbing the inside of my pants while I walked. I had worn these pants many times before at work under the same conditions and never had a problem, so I am positive it was not the pants. Over the next week, the irritation got worse, along with a general “roughing” of the skin on my penis head, very tiny red bumps, and, upon erection, a somewhat shinier appearance of the skin. I went to see a doctor about this who simply said that it was in irritation, and gave me a steroid cream to apply to it. I followed his instructions with the steroid cream, but no improvement happened. The moisture from the cream, however, seemed to further irritate the condition, as well as any other type of moisturizing cream I would apply to it.


February 2007 to December 2010: I ceased applying any type of topical treatments to my penis, started wearing boxer briefs, and tried to forget about the problem because doctors seemed to be no help. By March or April of 2007 the condition began improving to the point where it wasn't becoming irritated, and I didn't really think about it anymore. I was having protected sex with my girlfriend (the same one I began dating in August 2005), receiving oral sex from her, and being masturbated her, all without any discomfort or problems. The skin on the head of my penis, however, still remained rougher than before, and still appeared little shinier when I had an erection. It also seemed to be less “bouncy” than before. For example, if my penis had been laying over a seam in my underwear, it would take what seemed like extra time for the skin to lose the indentation from the seam. Also during this time period, I would get random flesh colored and dome shaped bumps on the head of my penis measuring about one half of a millimeter, but disappearing in a day or two after appearing, and leaving no remnants.


January 2011 to present: During a period of particularly high stress, my penis started to become very irritated again. This time, the area of highest discomfort and redness is in the urethral opening and meatus, but the entire penis head is still inflamed and irritated. I visited a doctor at a Planned Parenthood facility who told me I had nothing, and it was just moisture that was irritating me. I went for a second opinion from a urologist who told me I had balanitis and that you didn't know what caused it and couldn't do anything about it. I went for a third opinion from a dermatologist who also said I had nothing, but gave me a steroid cream for the irritation. He said the steroid cream should take care of it in 4 to 5 days. I applied the cream for five days, with no improvement. The cream actually seemed to make the irritation worse from the moisture, so I discontinued use. Currently I am trying a witch hazel/tea tree oil mixture twice a day and in the meantime trying to keep the area dry using baby powder. So far nothing has improved and I am really becoming depressed with this problem.


So far, doctors seem to have been zero help to me. Every doctor that I have seen so far agrees that this is not an STD and isn't contagious, but I am worried that they are not catching on to what could be an atypical presentation of HPV or molluscum. None of the doctors have actually done any type of tests or anything. What they have told me has been based on a visual examination. If this isn't an STD, then I would really like to find out the nature of this problem. Is it fungal, bacterial, viral, allergic??? I must also note that my girlfriend of five years never exhibited any symptoms similar to mine, and never had an abnormal result from a Pap smear, leading me to believe that maybe this isn't contagious... I don't know. I have tried everything from changing soaps to non-allergenic kinds, and changing my laundry detergent similarly to no effect to jock itch cream. I just don't know what to do!



If anyone has any type of insights, or has been going through something similar, or may know something about this, please help! I am at my wits end, thoroughly stressed, depressed, and freaked out.


Thank you so much.

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  • Have you been blood tested for having herpes? Many of the symptoms you are describing are the same. Get tested for it. If you can identify the problem you can find a remedy.
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  • Hihi guys., I am from Ireland , City of Ennis. Just join here recently, sorry been busy lately so din't post much but this place is really interesting.. Oh yea I love to join volunteer works and planning to go over japan soon to help the casulty due to the recent tsunami. I also spend my free time doing weights etc.
    Vieshobbini 88 Replies Flag this Response
  • Okay,sorry for the lengthiness of this post, but I feel a thorough background is necessary for this. For the past four years I have had irritation/skin problems with my penis head. The details are as follows... Beginning of July, 2005: I had unprotected sex with a girl I had known for only a few days. Two days later, I got very sick. There was no vomiting or anything of that sort, just a general rundown feeling, and a feeling of whole body achiness seeming to originate in my lower back. The sickness, however, was gone by 10 PM that night and I felt great afterwards. At the time, I attributed this to what looked like spider bite on my leg … July 2005 to August 2006: I was sexually active, but monogamous with a clean partner who was also only sleeping with me, and we always used protection. We had two instances of condom breakage, though. Symptom-free ... Late August 2006: Discovered multiple, circular, painless, lesions in the pubic hair area above my penis. The lesions were about 2 mm in diameter, not in clusters, and within a week had healed. Before healing they sort of scabbed and had dry white edges before disappearing. Most of them disappeared completely, but one or two left freckle like dots in their place that are still there today. Halfway through this “outbreak” I visited a doctor to get them checked, and he told me they weren't like any STD he had heard of, and if they don't go away in a week then come back. I convinced him to give me a blood test for HSV-2 which came out negative. December 2006: I experienced the same type of sickness described above, lasting only a single day. A couple weeks later, while being masturbated in the shower by my girlfriend, I noticed a slight burn in the tip of my penis upon ejaculation. There was nothing noticeable to see, so I attributed it to using soap as lubricant. About two days later after masturbating in the shower, I noticed a small sore on the left side of my penis head (glans) that really freaked me out, but after two days the store was completely gone with no noticeable remnants. January 2007: while at work waiting tables (I never wore underwear), my penis head started to become very irritated and sore from rubbing the inside of my pants while I walked. I had worn these pants many times before at work under the same conditions and never had a problem, so I am positive it was not the pants. Over the next week, the irritation got worse, along with a general “roughing” of the skin on my penis head, very tiny red bumps, and, upon erection, a somewhat shinier appearance of the skin. I went to see a doctor about this who simply said that it was in irritation, and gave me a steroid cream to apply to it. I followed his instructions with the steroid cream, but no improvement happened. The moisture from the cream, however, seemed to further irritate the condition, as well as any other type of moisturizing cream I would apply to it. February 2007 to December 2010: I ceased applying any type of topical treatments to my penis, started wearing boxer briefs, and tried to forget about the problem because doctors seemed to be no help. By March or April of 2007 the condition began improving to the point where it wasn't becoming irritated, and I didn't really think about it anymore. I was having protected sex with my girlfriend (the same one I began dating in August 2005), receiving oral sex from her, and being masturbated her, all without any discomfort or problems. The skin on the head of my penis, however, still remained rougher than before, and still appeared little shinier when I had an erection. It also seemed to be less “bouncy” than before. For example, if my penis had been laying over a seam in my underwear, it would take what seemed like extra time for the skin to lose the indentation from the seam. Also during this time period, I would get random flesh colored and dome shaped bumps on the head of my penis measuring about one half of a millimeter, but disappearing in a day or two after appearing, and leaving no remnants. January 2011 to present: During a period of particularly high stress, my penis started to become very irritated again. This time, the area of highest discomfort and redness is in the urethral opening and meatus, but the entire penis head is still inflamed and irritated. I visited a doctor at a Planned Parenthood facility who told me I had nothing, and it was just moisture that was irritating me. I went for a second opinion from a urologist who told me I had balanitis and that you didn't know what caused it and couldn't do anything about it. I went for a third opinion from a dermatologist who also said I had nothing, but gave me a steroid cream for the irritation. He said the steroid cream should take care of it in 4 to 5 days. I applied the cream for five days, with no improvement. The cream actually seemed to make the irritation worse from the moisture, so I discontinued use. Currently I am trying a witch hazel/tea tree oil mixture twice a day and in the meantime trying to keep the area dry using baby powder. So far nothing has improved and I am really becoming depressed with this problem. So far, doctors seem to have been zero help to me. Every doctor that I have seen so far agrees that this is not an STD and isn't contagious, but I am worried that they are not catching on to what could be an atypical presentation of HPV or molluscum. None of the doctors have actually done any type of tests or anything. What they have told me has been based on a visual examination. If this isn't an STD, then I would really like to find out the nature of this problem. Is it fungal, bacterial, viral, allergic??? I must also note that my girlfriend of five years never exhibited any symptoms similar to mine, and never had an abnormal result from a Pap smear, leading me to believe that maybe this isn't contagious... I don't know. I have tried everything from changing soaps to non-allergenic kinds, and changing my laundry detergent similarly to no effect to jock itch cream. I just don't know what to do! If anyone has any type of insights, or has been going through something similar, or may know something about this, please help! I am at my wits end, thoroughly stressed, depressed, and freaked out. Thank you so much.I have been having the exact problem you did. I visited my GP, twice and got the "general irritation diagnosis" , likely caused by a fungus, treated with anti-fungal creme, but no effect. Next, I visited my urologist a couple of times, had a urine culture done, and found a low-grade infection of something called clapsarella or something similar. My mother is an M.D. and she said that this bacterium is not so common, and typically associated with more serious forms of pneumonia. At any rate they gave me 3 weeks of bactrim (sulfameth), I took the entire course of the drug with little or no improvement. As you describe, there is no itching, or burning, or any open sores, which is what's really driving me nuts. The little red bumps (1 to 2 mm across) appear from time to time and disappear on their own. There is a noticeable change in the texture in the glans, it seems shinier. Unlike you, I have experienced no other symptoms of illness or malaise as you described. Also, I had no unprotected sex for a long time before developing this problem. The onset was kind of out of sudden, and with no memorable incident or cause. Lastly, there is some difference in the sensation during intercourse, the penis seems more sensitive, and I have experienced some prostate discomfort (but I did have a previous history of prosatitis due to stationary nature of my work). However, none of the symptoms are very specific, and thus far no Doctor has been able to point me in the right direction. I was considering subjecting myself to a full series of all STD tests as a precaution, but being as careful as I am, mostly monogamous in Long-term relationships, and always using protection, it seems far-fetched. Nevertheless, I don't know what else to do. I hope someone else out there has had better luck with tracking this down...
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  • Idk man I've had similar issues to u as well. About 2 months ago I was treated for chlamydia. After they cured me and I was negative I felt great. A couple weeks later I started having similar symptoms to u. There seems to be extremely small almost not noticable red dots on the tip of my penis. Its irritated almo all of the time between work and everything else I do. I've been to the doc about 6 times for it and still no success. They thought it was a fungal infection and gave me a cream for it. Beem almost 2 weeks and it seems to feel a little better, but at times the feeling comes back. The area where the bumps are also a little redder than the rest at times. When I get an erection it also seems a little shiny and different textured. Idk wtf it is and have got no help from any docs, they now want to send me to a urologist... I've heard of similar stories like this and no success. Any good news please share
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  • Hihi guys., I am from Ireland , City of Ennis. Just join here recently, sorry been busy lately so din't post much but this place is really interesting.. Oh yea I love to join volunteer works and planning to go over japan soon to help the casulty due to the recent tsunami. I also spend my free time doing weights etc.Hey Vieshobbini, i'm from Ireland too! :D From Dublin but :) Did you end up going over to Japan in the end?! Im only back from volunteer work there! Discover how to stop puppy biting, puppy chewing and more @ Chezpuppy
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  • GentlemenYOU HAVE BALANITIS! Balanitis presents itself in many forms but most commonly starts out as you are experiencing it right now. What you are describing in this post are the outward symptoms of a skin disorder which is called Balanitis. This skin dis-order effects the foreskin and penile head. I have come to believe that the actual cause (dis-ease) behind these outward symptoms is an internal infection of the seminal gland which causes a change in the PH balance of your seminal discharge. A healthy natural PH level is more an alkaline state which changes to a very acidic state. This acidic PH level of your seminal fluid is literally burning your inner foreskin and your head. So far I found no documented medical testing underway or done in this area to back up this theory as of yet. What I have found working this theory, I have cured myself and many others following what I have done are no longer suffering from Balanitis. Proof enough for me! You will find over time, left unchecked or taking/trying the different prescription/creams doctors (unknowingly) will hand out, will only cause more discomfort and pain over the long term. That these symptoms can and will be worse first thing in the morning ( from nightly seminal discharge) and or after any sort of ejaculation. If untreated properly! It can go as far you not being able to pull your foreskin back at all without causing great PAIN and things can even get worse then that. This can be treated correctly and cured naturally. I suffered for 8 long years with the same things you are going through right now and much worse. I read stories like yours almost weekly and there is really no need for this suffering. I put this all together and launched a web site three years ago to share my store and help guys like you out. Check it out and you decide if it is for you. http://balanitisgone.com
    rmartin 2 Replies
    • August 29, 2011
    • 04:03 PM
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  • GentlemenYOU HAVE BALANITIS! Balanitis presents itself in many forms but most commonly starts out as you are experiencing it right now. What you are describing in this post are the outward symptoms of a skin disorder which is called Balanitis. This skin dis-order effects the foreskin and penile head. I have come to believe that the actual cause (dis-ease) behind these outward symptoms is an internal infection of the seminal gland which causes a change in the PH balance of your seminal discharge. A healthy natural PH level is more an alkaline state which changes to a very acidic state. This acidic PH level of your seminal fluid is literally burning your inner foreskin and your head. So far I found no documented medical testing underway or done in this area to back up this theory as of yet. What I have found working this theory, I have cured myself and many others following what I have done are no longer suffering from Balanitis. Proof enough for me! You will find over time, left unchecked or taking/trying the different prescription/creams doctors (unknowingly) will hand out, will only cause more discomfort and pain over the long term. That these symptoms can and will be worse first thing in the morning ( from nightly seminal discharge) and or after any sort of ejaculation. If untreated properly! It can go as far you not being able to pull your foreskin back at all without causing great PAIN and things can even get worse then that. This can be treated correctly and cured naturally. I suffered for 8 long years with the same things you are going through right now and much worse. I read stories like yours almost weekly and there is really no need for this suffering. I put this all together and launched a web site three years ago to share my store and help guys like you out. Check it out and you decide if it is for you. http://balanitisgone.comAside from the fact that this post is playing on the weaknesses of others in an attempt to sell something, it is completely off base (as the post author would have realized had he thoroughly read the first post in this thread). I have no foreskin, so this is obviously not an issue stemming from it. Take your "miracle cure" website promotion elsewhere. This discussion is for people genuinely involved with, or interested in these issues.
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  • I think those are a lot of changes and the best thing you can do is to go to your doctor and have a check up.
    maggieraiford24 1 Replies
    • August 18, 2012
    • 02:24 AM
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