- Penis symptoms include rash, pain, discharge, itching and swelling
- Not due to a known injury
Here are some common causes of penis symptoms:
- Bladder infection (cystitis)
- Contact dermatitis (e.g., latex condoms, lubricants, spermicides, perfumed soaps)
- Irritation (small friction burns) after sexual intercourse or masturbation (inadequate lubrication)
- Poison ivy, oak, or sumac rash
- Skin cancer
- STD's (e.g., Herpes simplex, Syphilis, Chancroid, LGV, pubic lice, genital warts)
- Any preexisting skin disorders/rashes can also occur on the penis and scrotum (e.g., psoriasis, eczema, drug rashes)
- Definition: Priapism is defined as an erection that lasts longer than 4 hours.
- Symptoms: Prolonged, unwanted, usually painful erection.
- Causes: Sickle cell anemia and certain medications.
- Treatment: Erections lasting longer than 4 hours may require specialized treatment in an emergency department.
When to call your doctor
Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If
- You feel weak or very sick
- Large amount of blood from end of penis
- Not circumcised, and foreskin pulled back and became stuck around head of penis
- Fever and looks infected (e.g., draining sore, ulcer, rash is painful to touch)
- Fever and burning (pain) with urination
- Unable to urinate and your bladder feels very full
- Painful erection lasting more than 1 hour
Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm) If
- You think you need to be seen
- Burning or pain with urination
- Pus (white, yellow) or bloody discharge from end of penis
- Blood in urine
- Looks infected (e.g., draining sore, ulcer, rash is painful to touch)
- Rash with painful tiny water blisters
- Swollen foreskin (not circumcised)
Call Your Doctor During Weekday Office Hours If
- You have other questions or concerns
- You are worried you might have a sexually transmitted disease
- Blood in semen
- Painless rash (e.g., redness, tiny bumps, sore) that has been present more than 24 hours
- Antibiotic treatment longer than 3 days for STD (e.g., penile discharge from gonorrhea, chlamydia) and painful urination is not improving
- All other penis symptoms (Exception: painless rash present less than 24 hours, mild itchiness)
Self Care at Home If
- Painless rash (e.g., redness, tiny bumps, sore) that has been present less than 24 hours, and you don't think you need to be seen
- Mild itchiness and no rash, and you don't think you need to be seen
HOME CARE ADVICE FOR PENIS SYMPTOMS
- Causes of Mild Rash:
- Irritation from a chemical product: perfumed soaps, latex condoms.
- Irritation from a plant (e.g., poison ivy, evergreen), chemicals (e.g., insecticides), fiberglass, detergents.
- Early finding of sexually transmitted disease (STD).
- Small friction burns can occur from intercourse (if inadequate lubrication).
- Cleansing: Wash the area once thoroughly with unscented soap and water to remove any irritants.
- Genital Hygiene:
- Keep your penis and scrotal area clean. Wash once daily with un-scented soap and water.
- Keep your penis and scrotal area dry. Wear cotton underwear.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Rash spreads or becomes worse
- Rash lasts more than one day
- Fever occurs
- You become worse
Author: David A. Thompson, M.D.
Last reviewed: 9/15/2011
Last revised: 5/28/2011 3:55:54 PM