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Thank you for looking at my question.

I've had bumps covering the shaft as well as my penis head. Looks like fordyces. It is most visible when erect and I have attached pictures. In checking with my doctor (test scheduled) he does not believe it to be an STD. Anyway I'm still freaking and would really like a demertology experts opinion.
Can you take a look? I can add more pics if needed

Thanks again

You have a condition called Balanitis.
Balanitis is swelling of the foreskin and head of the penis.

possible causes include:

Diseases such as reactive arthritis and lichen sclerosis et atrophicus
Harsh soaps
Not rinsing soap off properly while bathing
Uncontrolled diabetes
Redness of foreskin or penis
Other rashes on the head of the penis
Foul-smelling discharge
Painful penis and foreskin
Skin trauma
Topical preparations used on the skin

Exams and Tests
Your health care provider may be diagnosed the problem with only an exam. However, you may need skin tests for viruses, fungi, or bacteria. A skin biopsy may also be needed.

Treatment depends on the cause of the balanitis.

Antibiotic pills or creams are used to treat when balanitis that is caused by bacteria.
Steroid creams may help balanitis that occurs with skin diseases.
Anti-fungal creams will be prescribed if it is due to a fungus.

Outlook (Prognosis)
Most cases of balanitis can be controlled with medicated creams and good hygiene.

Possible Complications
Long-term inflammation or infection can:
Scar and narrow the opening of the penis (meatal stricture)
Affect the blood supply to the tip of the penis
Increase the risk of penile cancer

When to Contact a Medical Professional
Tell your health care provider if you have any signs of balanitis, including swelling of the foreskin or pain.

Good hygiene can prevent most cases of balanitis.  


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