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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Penile Redness

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced penile redness. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Penile Irritation

    Irritation of the penis is common, and can come from a number of benign causes. Common causes include cleaning with a new kind of soap, cleaning too much, or chaffing.

    Symptoms should resolve within one week.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    penis itch, penile redness
    Symptoms that never occur with penile irritation:
    fever, painful urination, testicle pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Chlamydia (Male)

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread by sexual contact. It can often be carried without symptoms, but can have serious health effects if left untreated.

    The infection should clear in 1-7days after treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    testicle pain, sudden urgency to urinate, painful urination, frequent urination, fluid leaking
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Urinary Tract Infection

    In women, the opening to the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body) is very close to the anus, and bacteria from the anus can easily escape and travel up the urethra. These bacteria can infect the bladder, and cause what is known as a urinary tract infection (UTI).

    Symptoms most often go away within 24 to 48 hours after treatment begins.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), pelvis pain, sudden urgency to urinate, signs of urinary tract inflammation, urinary changes
    Symptoms that always occur with urinary tract infection:
    signs of urinary tract inflammation
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  4. 4.Genital Herpes

    Genital herpes is caused by a common viral infection that is sexually transmitted. The virus can lay dormant for months after exposure, causing itching and rash on the inner thighs or genitals. Some people carry the virus, but have no symptoms for their entire lives.

    Infection with herpes simplex virus cannot be cured, but there are many effective treatments to manage symptoms

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    symptoms of infection, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, penis pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal redness, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, elbow itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Non - Specific Skin Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific skin rash:
    rash
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  7. 7.Urethritis

    Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine away from the bladder.

    Within a day or two of antibiotic treatment, symptoms usually resolve.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful urination, penis pain, fluid leaking, pink/blood-tinged urine, cloudy urine
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Gonococcal Urethritis

    Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a germ (bacterium) called the gonococcus. This bacterium is spread by sexual contact, or through transmission during childbirth, and causes inflammation of the urethra, which is the tube that passes urine.

    Infection takes up to a week to clear.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    painful urination, fluid leaking, spontaneous testicle pain, redness at the tip of the penis, testicular swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

FAQs About Penile Redness

Here are some frequently asked questions about penile redness.

Why is my toddler experiencing penile redness?

Balanoposthitis is inflammation of the glands of the penis and foreskin of an (often young) uncircumcised male. It is typically the result of poor hygiene and possibly an allergy to whatever material a child's diaper is made from. Most have complete resolution of symptoms with treatment, including any associated rash in the diaper area.

Why is my penile redness not going away?

Penile redness is rare in adults and can be caused by using latex condoms in persons with a latex allergy, consistently poor hygiene or an allergic reaction. Usually it resolves. If it does not resolve in 7–10 days, it should be evaluated by a medical professional. It can be a sign of serious infection.

Can a latex allergy cause penile redness?

Yes, allergies to latex condoms can cause both penile swelling and penile redness. If you have a latex allergy, it is advisable to use non-latex condoms. Polyurethane condoms or condoms made from animal products are viable alternatives, as repeated latex exposure as well as friction can cause a severe allergic reaction to the penis.

Why is the skin on my penis peeling?

Many things can cause penile skin to peel. Firstly, you should consult a medical professional. Skin on the penis is similar to skin elsewhere in the body in that it can sunburn and peel. However, as a rash heals on the penis, it may slough off dead skin.

Is a penile infection contagious?

Yes, a penile infection is contagious. These diseases are sexually transmitted infections (STI) and can be transmitted through genital contact with other genitals or mucous membranes. Skin infections (pimples) are less infectious, but it is advisable to refrain from sexual activity until after the infection clears.

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Penile Redness

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Q.Are you sexually active?
  • Q.Do you notice anything going on with your penis?

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Penile Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced penile redness have also experienced:

    • 15% Penis Pain
    • 13% Penis Itch
    • 7% Painful Urination
  • People who have experienced penile redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Less Than a Week
    • 23% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced penile redness were most often matched with:

    • 57% Chlamydia (Male)
    • 28% Urinary Tract Infection
    • 14% Penile Irritation
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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