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A few months ago a certain redness has appeared on my penis head. It does not hurt, itch and there is no discharge of any kind. Some days it is not that noticable, but some days it gets worse. At the moment, it seems that there are a few red spots on it, but they do not hurt or itch. It seems that the penis head is drier than it used to be and when I pull back the foreskin and leave it be for a minute it dries up even more. Also, the white layer (smegma?) tends to appear a bit quicker than before. I shower daily.
I have not had sex since this appeared and I don't think sex has anything to do with it, I have barely been sexually active before this occured. I don't even masturbate that often.

Thank you in advance for your opinion.

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

Balanitis is most often caused by poor hygiene. Other possible causes include:

Diseases such as reactive arthritis and lichen sclerosis et atrophicus
Harsh soaps
Not rinsing soap off properly while bathing
Uncontrolled diabetes
Other irritants


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.


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