Ugh...Ok, last month, or about 6 weeks ago, I developed a red irritation on the understand of my glans, just underneath the head of my penis. I had sex with my girlfriend, unprotected as we normally do, and it got even more red and irritated. I noticed she was a bit dry the few times we had sex, which I believe let do this. During this time, my penis head seemed to "crinkle" a bit and "dry" up, but there was no itch or irritation otherwise. BTW, we have both been test, swabbed, and blood, and neither of us have any STIs. We stopped having sex and after the irritation of the glans then got very rad and a week later I saw my dermatologist.
The dermatologist said it was nothing more than irritation, but that he had not seen anything like it before, which was somewhat mildly alarming. Regardless, he told me to use some 1% hydrocortisone ointment for about a week, which I did. However, I had already been using it for a week prior, so I used that, liberally, for about 2 weeks and then stopped.
I noticed the redness was gone, but my glans had turned a ligher, more pinkish color, where it is normally darker. BTW, I am circumcised. ALSO, the skin was a lot shinier and seemed "thinner". I read that overuse of corticosteroid creams can have this affect on penis skin, which absorbs at a rate of 30%. So I sort of freaked a bit that the cream/ointment had damaged my glans even further.
I posted on here, and most everyone told me not to worry. So I've tried that.
Now, I masturbated a few times last week and the skin, while not read, appears still be sensitive and irritated. I masturbated, I rubbed against my underwear, but only the base. I thought to put some Calmoseptine on it, as I read it can help with irritated skin burn. HOWEVER, after two days of using that, the glans turned even MORE white and discolored and more sensitive. I can almost see blood vessels.
When this started about six weeks ago, I had a dried up look on the head of the penis only. So I'm now wondering if I have penile psoriasis from irritation, or if I have a major friction burn from over masturbation rubbing against clothing and it is taking a really long time to heal due also do the the creams and such.
I have decided NO masturbation for the next 4-6 weeks and no sex as well. Thankfully, my girlfriend understands and we have enjoy each other physically in other ways, but it is very hard to abstain.
My question is, does this sound like penile psoriasis or just a major friction burn that is taking a long time to heal?
I have had friction burn from rough sex or my girlfriend being too rough with masturbation before, but a little Neosporin healed it within a few days. This is lasting a LONG time, so I am worried it is a much bigger problem.
Thanks in advance for the help with your own experiences.
I'm circumcised, so not sure, but if so, I'll need to go back to the dermatologist, who initially dismissed it as nothing more than an irritation. The fact that the shaft has changed colors and is more sensitive and shinier, does not make this a normal "you just have to ride it out" situation.
From the pictures I looked at online, it does not appear to be a severe case of balanoposthitis, but it looks possible. I am irritated that the dermatologist was so aloof about his initial diagnosis.
I think I may need to go see a different dermatologist.
Monilial yeasts are common flora of the vagina in many women, and though commoner in uncircumsized yet could occur evenin the circumsized. Super- added to this excessive cleansing can leave behind an irritant dermatitis.
Though there is some absorbtion done from the penile skin (much more than other areas) as to permanent damage for short term application (As in your case) is unlikely.There is remodelling in our own body and does take care,but in time.Also there are not many or perhaps any medication that reverses atrophy other than withdrawing medication, as I know of.
It will not be a bad idea to consult your derm once more, perhaps only to put your mind to rest.
Thanks...So should I stop putting powder or moisturizer on it?
I've read several threads where doctor's say to "get on with your life" and such, but this is clearly an issue that isn't easily dismissed. I've had friction burn before, and this is much, much more. There is no itch or burn or major redness, so it doesn't look like balanitis.
I think it's just been a combination of things, but my penis is definitely NOT back to normal and clearly I just need to stop looking at it and leave it alone. I guess it could take months.
What I'm hearing is that although I used a 1% hydrocortisone cream for 2 weeks, that is not enough for permanent damage, but it is possible this cased the current change (or damage) to my penis.
Today it was sore just rubbing against my underwear as I walked, so again, I had to put Gold Bond Powder on it to keep it from chaffing. It's just exhausting having to deal with this everyday and then it is also having an effect on my sex life with my partner.
I'll give it a few weeks and possibly consult my another, NEW dermatologist. The other dermatologist told me to use the 1% hydrocortisone for up to a MONTH: I think that's dangerous seeing that just 2 weeks have caused this.
Hydrocortisone could cause the lightening and thinning effect. If you use a moisturizing penis health creme along with it, you can improve the tone and texture of your skin, as well as promoting healing.
I know this is super late but I remember reading this post way back when I had the same exact issues. It's been a while but I just remembered how terrible this was to go through and wanted to post a solution for everyone else that comes to this post looking for help.
The only thing I ever did, including all the things you mentioned (that burned it or thinned the skin), that worked was using vitamin E skin oil.
The brand I bought was Colonial Dames Vitamin E Skin Oil. I used it as a sort of medication as well as a lubricant and it honestly saved me from going crazy. I really hope that everyone struggling with this issue sees this post, tries it, and has the same success I did.
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