My bf has suddenly developed a red rash/sore/discolouration on the shaft of his penis. It looks really angry and raw, but the skin is not raised or scaly or anything, it has just changed to this very bright red colour. Been trying to find clues on the net as to what it could be, but with not much luck and starting to freak myself out!! He says it is only sore when sex gets rough, which I figure is just caused by friction. But it has been persisting for almost two weeks now, without getting any better or worse.
Am I worried for no reason?? From what I have found out so far, my best guesses are a yeast infection or eczema (although he has never had this before). Is it possible to be something far worse??
It could be eczema, sweat dermatitis, allergic reactions or eczema.
He needs to wash the areas several times with fresh water. Do not use any cosmetic products at the sites.
Apply calamine lotion at the site of the lesions and see if it helps. He could take some oral antihistamine medications like cetrizine or loratadine. You need to maintain a good personal hygiene .
Anti-itch drugs, often antihistamine, may reduce the itch during a flare up of eczema, and the reduced scratching in turn reduces damage and irritation to the skin.
For mild-moderate eczema a weak steroid may be used (e.g. hydrocortisone or desonide), whilst more severe cases require a higher-potency steroid (e.g. clobetasol propionate, fluocinonide).
Eczema can be exacerbated by dryness of the skin. Moisturizing is one of the most important self-care treatments for sufferers of eczema. Keeping the affected area moistened can promote skin healing and relief of symptoms.
Let us know if you need any further information.
It would be advisable to consult a skin specialist for his symptoms and a proper clinical examination.
Let us know if you need any other information and post us on how he is doing.
Thankyou for your comments!
I was going to get some camomile lotion for it today anyway, figured it could only help, and will get him some anti-histomine as well. Will this help even if it has never been itchy?
He has been using vasoline on the area regularly for the last 6months anyway to increase sensitivity, so it is always fairly moist. If he starts using a mild steroid and it turns out not to be eczema, will this do him any harm??
if it doesnt get any better he should go to the dr and insist on a test for yeast. I have gotten them before and suffered for weeks while drs have told me its eczcema, just irritation, dry skin, in your head, whatever... I finally inisited that my dr give me a antifungal cream because nothing else was working or making any difference and it was gone in 3 days. if he has a yeast (candida) problem you may also, dont have sex till both of you are back to normal.
Thanks for the comments everyone!
Originally i also thort a yeast infection, cause I do tend to get them, so gave him some canestan for it which only made it itchy, hasnt cleared it up at all. so perhaps not??? Not really sure...
Also, can you gat mild steroids over the counter?? Cause he cant get a doctors appointment till late next week, and demotologist appointments are hard to come by in my area (3month wait!), so something over the counter would be better.
Well he finally went to see the doctor, thinks it is just some form of dermatitis, and perscribed a mild steroid cream for it, which has helped heaps. Looks like it has just about gone now, only gets a little red when he has a shower, puts the cream on and it goes.
Thanks guys for your comments, I was rather worried!!
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