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Last Tuesday i noticed some red skin under the head of of my penis after masturbation, i initially thought nothing of it. However it has not gone away and the skin remains slightly puffy. There is no pus or any substance inside, just puffy skin.
I have continued to wash it with soap everyday, even putting E45 cream on it to ease the inflammation. However i have now stopped putting anything on it due to it seeming to make the inflammation worse and it now has spread further along.
It is itchy at some points but not all of the time and is not painful. Occasionally i feel a slight burning sensation when peeing.
I am currently in a long term relationship, with her being the only sexual partner i have had. She has had problems with thrush in the past.
I have been to the doctors twice in the past week (unrelated issues) and wouldn't like to go again unless necessary :p
(i am circumsized, if that makes any difference)
Any ideas on what it is would be greatly appreciated and ease my worrying :D
Thank you very much in advance.


The most common cause of a red rash on the penis is usually a yeast infection.  You should have discussed this with the physicians you saw.  You may try a mild anti-fungal cream, but if this persists, you'll need to consult a physician.  Dermatologists are the real experts in difficult rashes even if on the penis.


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Stephen W. Leslie, MD


Questions concerning erectile dysfunction, kidney stones and prostate disorders including prostate cancer. I have a special interest in kidney stone disease prevention.


Full time practicing urologist with 30 years experience. Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of Urology at Creighton University Medical Center. Editor in Chief of eMedicine Urology internet textbook. Author of only NIH approved book written for patients by a urologist on the subject of kidney stones "The Kidney Stones Handbook". Inventor of the "Parachute" and "Escape" kidney stone baskets and the "Calculus" stone prevention analysis computer program.

American Urological Association, Ohio State Medical Association, Sexual Medicine Society

Men's Health, Journal of Urology, Urology, Healthwatch Magazine, Emergency Medicine Monthly, eMedicine, "The Kidney Stones Handbook", and numerous articles in various newspapers. He is also the editor of the Urology Board Review by McGraw-Hill used by urologists to study for their Board Certification Examinations.

Graduate of New York Medical College with residencies completed at Metropolitan Hospital New York, Albany Medical Center and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Awards and Honors
Thirlby Award of the American Urological Association. Rated as one the country's Best Urologists by the Independent Consumer's Research Institute

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