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I have been sick for a week, when I noticed red areas on my penis. After a while I thought it would be fungus, so I put anti-fungal cream on it, now I have been doing it for a week and the redness seems to have gone away, but there's still a lump at the opening of urethra. It is barely visible, but when I'm erectile it is about a 2-3mm bump right at the opening. My penis seems to be a bit swollen at that erectile time as well. It doesn't hurt, itches or anything, sometimes it feels a bit uncomfortable, so what can it be?

You could have 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
Traum or it titration

Redness of foreskin or penis
Other rashes on the head of the penis
Foul-smelling discharge
Painful penis and foreskin
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 may cause an infection
If the lesion grows in size you may not have Balanitis but genital warts.

Good hygiene can prevent most cases of balanitis.

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