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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Redness at the Tip of the Penis

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced redness at the tip of the penis. 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.Irritant Contact Dermatitis

    Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. This condition most often affects skin of the hands, and may occur after repeated and prolonged exposure to substances such as water, detergents (soaps, bleach), solvents (such as gasoline), acids, powders, dust, and soil. The onset of the skin reaction is usually within 48 hours of coming in contact with the substance.

    1-2 days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with well-defined border, itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, painful rash, red rash
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    rash with well-defined border
    Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.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

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  4. 4.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
  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.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
  7. 7.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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Redness at the Tip of the Penis

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

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Redness at the Tip of the Penis Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced redness at the tip of the penis have also experienced:

    • 17% Painful Urination
    • 11% Penis Pain
    • 7% Itchiness at the Tip of the Penis
  • People who have experienced redness at the tip of the penis had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Less Than a Week
    • 23% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced redness at the tip of the penis were most often matched with:

    • 66% Urethritis
    • 16% Penile Irritation
    • 16% Irritant Contact Dermatitis
  • 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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