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Rash on penis head.. please help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 25, 2008
  • 03:00 PM

Hi, this is my first time trying these forums and I'm hoping it will help me find a solution. I would be going to the doctor's personally, but I'm currently at a location where that really isn't an option and I wont have access to a doctor for another month. I'm kind of nervous
as to what this is and would like some insight for peace of mind and possibly a solution.

I'm a healthy 21 year old, uncircumcised male.

A little over a month ago I had
Safe sex with a girl, I used a condom but it did break during intercourseI also tore my penis , just a small cut where my penis head meets the foreskin in the middle of the underside of my penis head.

I had just started taking antibiotics for an infection as well, and I was on them for another week and probably 3 days following intercourse.

About 2 or 3 days following intercourse I noticed a few red spots I was also experiencing phimosis, which probably didn't set in until about 3 days after initially noticing the rash. I was uncertain as to what it was and looked on google, I figured it was balanitis or dermatitis

I kept my penis as clean as possible and just avoided washing with soap, made sure my penis was always dry and was getting lots of air, I was also washing once daily with a saline solution. The rash never cleared up. At this point it seemed to be getting worse, I had already left overseas and couldn't see a doctor.

I talked with a friend about what it could be and he said most likely a male yeast infection
I got my handsHand on some anti-fungal I used clotrimazole topical for nearly a month, it seemed to soothe the rash and it looked like it was improving but I feel as though it was just masking the symptoms not helping the problem. Since I used Clotrimazole topical I haven't experienced phimosis but my foreskin is still more red then it should be, at least in my opinion. At this point the rash had turned into several cracks going from the base of my penis head to about 1cm below my urethra. The cracks get smaller from from left to right and less noticable. The rash isn't on the underside of my penis, it takes up a little over the size of a nickel of the head. The rash hasn't really changed much the last few weeks, there are also a few raised bumps which seem to be the same color as the rash, maybe a little lighter. They haven't grown and they seem to be uniform to the cracks, right on top of them, kind of like a raised part of said crack, if that makes any sense. There are probably 8 or 9 of these and they are all pretty small all less then 1/2mm in radius. They don't change, haven't grown, maybe even shrank a bit.

A few other things,

washing with a saline solution almost completely clears up symptoms temporarily,
redness goes away cracks are still noticeable but way less pronounced.

I tried that thrush spit test and almost all of my spit sunk to the bottom. I don't think that it's significant, because I heard that the test is bogus.

When I am erect, the rash is most noticable. Penis head turns a deep red also the bumps are noticeable.

I am pretty confident this isn't herpes as the bumps don't rupture and arn't like pimples.

I haven't experienced any discharge, as far as I know at least, no burning or pain urinating. I think thats about all I have to describe my situation. I'd really like a diagnosis so I can try and get rid of this fast, it bothers me that I have a rash like this on my penis and I don't want to wait another month to get proper medical help to get this rash to go away. So any help I get here will be really appreciated!

- JohnnyQ

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  • Sounds like you really caught a couple of things....some type of bacterial STD, like chlamydia and then something like moluscum contagioum. Since they don't go away, I would guess it's not herpes. If it goes away somewhat and then comes back strong, it's probably herpes, but your description doesn't sound like that. You'll want to get checked for all STDs when you can, along with blood tests for syphilis, herpes.
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  • I really don't think I've got chlamydia. Would is actually cause a rash on the glans and foreskin. I didn't think it causes rashes. Is it possible it's something else? These moluscum contagioum, are they contagious? I googled but I found very minimal information, just that they last really long.
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  • I really wish this girl didn't give me the 2 for 1 special if thats the case.I'm certain it isn't herpes, it's more of a rash then anything, no puss from bumps, they're just kind of there. They arn't growing, shrinking, or anything. So moluscum contagioum, if it last for several weeks or several months (I google'd) would that mean I'm contagious for months? A bacterial infection, I didn't think that chlamydia caused rashes like the one i described. Are there any other infections that are more similar to my symptoms?Ugh, I can't wait to see a doctor.
    JohnnyQ 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • It's a ****h:http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=5918 You need to get a STD screening for all STDs. You should also get blood tests for syphilis (you have a couple of symptoms of it) and herpes 2 if it begins to come and go. Learn to pinch the tip of the condom to release the air so they don't break.
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  • Just thought I'd share something I discovered on my own which might help other people. If you are like most people, myself included, the first thing that we do when a rash come on in an area like our genitals is to break out all the cleaners and disinfectants and clean clean clean, both our genitals and body and sometimes our entire living space... or we run off to the doctor in which case the most likely outcome even if an STD is not found to be the case is the doctor prescribing a topical ointment or a round of antibiotics. Well, after years of suffering I finally figured out that those methods may not always be the wisest. MY EXPERIENCE:I have taken many antibiotics over the years and when I was younger I also tended to use a lot of bleach to clean things around the house. In the end I found myself suffering from allergies and chronic dermititis like a red rash or bloom on the head of my penis and foreskin which would cycle off and on from time to time. After years of this, I heard the following article about research done by Dr. Julie Segre of the National Human Genome Research Institute into bacteria and other microbes which reside on different parts of the body. She made it clear that our bodies cells are out numbered 10 to 1 by bacteria and other microrganisms, and that different parts of our bodies are colonized by different collections of bacteria and other organisms. This made sense to me, so I decided to run a little experiment. If the chronic dermtitis I was experiencing on my penis was due to an imbalance in the bacteria living in my foreskin and penis (and not due to stress, chronic infections or allergies) then someone with a healthy bacterial collection might be able to repopulate my genital area under the foreskin. Luckily for me my partner does not suffer from any problems like yeast infections or STDs so I had her scrape a little of her smegma from between her labias and smear it around the head of my penis were my foreskin covered it up. We did this each night for roughly a week and I made sure she never touched her genitals with the same finger that just touched my penis during each session and that she washed her hands afterwards - a safeguard to make sure that if I had something nasty it did not transfer to her (we use condoms as a contraceptive). After a few days the rash went away completely and after 3 months now I have not seen it since. I would wager to say this method could also work with same sex couples. What is amazing is that once things are right again you do not have to retreat the area again or doing any special cleaning. My word of caution would be to make sure neither one of you has some kind of STD or other infectious diseases first. Also I would guess that this could work on any part of the body that is warm and moist -like under the toe nails for people with nail fungus problems. I have had a cold since and have come into my allergy season but still no sign of a rash. My partner suspects that people who are prone to this kind of problem who do not use condoms while having sex probably never have this kind of problem, because of the constant repopulation of healthy bacteria during the direct genital to genital contact. Who knows - but a little smegma can go a long way and besides its free and does not need a prescription. Unfortunately I do not have any suggestions for a single person. FOR THOSE USING A LUBRICANTKY Jelly contains an anti-bacterial (Chlorhexidine Gluconate), anti-fungal (Methylparaben) and a pH rising caustic soda 'lye' (Sodium Hydroxide). So what could be happening (my theory only) is that if you use it frequently you may be killing the healthy balance of microorganisms that live in the skin of your genitals. When you get enthusiastic and create irritaton/inflammation and then go to wash off afterwords all you have done is introduced a new collection of bacteria and fungi from your towel which came in from the air. Even though you may feel dry after towelling off you skin, your skin is still moist and ripe for infections. A much more healthy and definitely cheaper alternative to KY Jelly or any other similar lubricant is to make up your own lubricant with simple methylcellulose and clean tap water. Methylcellulose can be bought at many health food stores as a fine white powder. Many people with intolerance to wheat use it as an ingredient in wheat free baking. Just 1/4 of teaspoon (2.5 ml) whipped up in a glass of warm water will not have any of these unforeseen complications. Good Luck,Mr. Mike Robe MY BACKGROUND:Male (age range: 30-50 year of age)UncircumcisedNegative: STDsNo balanitis or balanoposthitisNo allergies to latex (i.e. condoms, gloves)Allergies (various tree pollens)Some food sensitivities (corn, hazelnuts)Contraceptives: regular latex condoms (my female partner does not use any contraceptive)Stress levels: medium-lowHealth: excellentNo family history of eczema (atopic dermatitis)Cleaners: unscented, animal-friendly food grade soaps, no bleach, no fabric softeners, no starches, isopropanol, hydrogen peroxide, TSP (for the tough stuff)No scented products (i.e. colognes, deodourants, shampoos, etc.) LINKS:Dr. Julie Segre (National Human Genome Research Institute)http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/media/2008-2009/mp3/qq-2009-05-30_01.mp3http://www.genome.gov/10000354
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  • HI, I am 26 years old.I have red patches on my glans,it peels of little bit and looks like crack on that area.I get pimples once there is friction on glans usually while masturbating.There's no pain, no foul smell, no difficulty in urination.
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  • HI, I am 26 years old.I have red patches on my glans,it peels of little bit and looks like crack on that area.I get pimples once there is friction on glans usually while masturbating.There's no pain, no foul smell, no difficulty in urination.It could be a yeast infection. Get some over the counter cream in the womens section and see if that helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 15, 2011
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