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Hi, my son pinched the tip of his penis (uncircumcised) a few days ago while using his boogie board. The following day, his penis had swelled up on one side (and was tender), and now today there is a yellow discharge which is both painful and itchy. I will take him to the Dr. tomorrow afternoon, but in the meantime, he is scared. Is this a yeast infection?
Thanks for your help.
Pain accompanied by yellowish discharge is a sign of infection. The infection can be restricted to the glans (glands) (balanitis) or may involve both the glans (glands) and the foreskin (balanoposthitis).
The trauma to the glans (glands) of the penis may have resulted in the entry of infectious organisms and caused an inflammatory reaction characterized by swelling, redness, pain, increased local temperature, and yellow discharge.
You can give your son some acetaminophen syrup (if he is still at the age where he has not started taking medications in tablet form) and clean the glans (glands) gently every 2-3 hours. This should be done with water that has been boiled and cooled and sterile cotton. Take care not to retract the foreskin forcibly or excessively - just enough to clean away the collection of discharge would be sufficient. You can also add some betadine (povidone iodine) solution to the water you use for cleaning him.
Make sure that he drinks plenty of water and juices rich in vitamin C, such as citrus or cranberry juice, so as to avoid a urinary tract infection. You can also give him some common cold medicine (pediatric use) as this has both acetaminophen and an antihistamine - the acetaminophen for pain and the antihistamine to prevent itching.
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