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5 Potential Penile Redness Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.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
  2. 2.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

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  3. 3.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:
    penis itch, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, penile redness, scrotal itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.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:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over, penis itch, penile redness, scrotal itch, groin itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Groin

    Necrotizing fasciitis is a potentially life threatening skin condition stemming from the infection of a wound or injury. If left untreated, it can spread to body parts surrounding the infection changing the color of the skin and degrading the tissue underneath. This can result in muscle, tissue or limb loss and a severe body-wide response to the infection.

    1-6 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, chills
    Symptoms that always occur with necrotizing fasciitis of the groin:
    skin changes of the groin or genitalia
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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.Are you sexually active?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Q.Do you notice anything going on with your testicles or scrotum?

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Penile Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced penile redness have also experienced:

    • 15% Penis Pain
    • 12% Penis Itch
    • 6% Penile Skin Changes
  • People who have experienced penile redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 34% Less Than a Week
    • 22% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced penile redness were most often matched with:

    • 34% Penile Irritation
    • 4% Scabies
  • 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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