I've been experiencing some very mild dryness in one spot of the glans on the right side along the rim. It's usually made worse by friction. After some vigorous friction from sexual activity, I noticed afterwards that the skin had cracked a little bit. It wasn't bad or bleeding, but a tiny crack in the skin like on your lips when you have chapped lips. I've been moisterizing with vaseline which is taking care of the dryness but my question is could this be anything more insidious going on here? Some kind of STD such as HPV? I've read that HPV can cause dryness and cracking like this although I have no obvious warts. I've had a dermatolgist check me for warts a ways back and he saw nothing and did a vinegar test as well. This area of my glans has been sensitive for a long time and very susceptible to irritation fro friction.
Thanks for your input and all the great information on the forum!
I would wonder most about a fungal infection, perhaps acquired from a partner; or a non-sexually transmitted dermatitis of some sort. For example, psoriasis sometimes is first noticed due to penile lesions. It doesn't sound like warts or any other STD. In contrast to what you read somewhere, I have not heard of HPV causing this sort of problem.
You might try an OTC antifungal cream; look in the pharmacy shelves with the athlete's food products. If that doesn't clear it up, see a health care provider, perhaps a dermatologist.
Thanks for the kinds words about the forum. Best wishes--
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