A penis that is red when it is erect and fully engorged with blood is a good thing, both for the owner of the penis and his partner. At other times, though, a red penis – particularly one that is tender, sore or irritated — can be a sign that all is not well. Some indications of an under-lying problem include:
In most cases, these symptoms do not indicate a serious problem and can be treated at home, or simply left to clear up on their own. How-ever, it is important to be aware of the typical causes of red penis skin and to recognize when more advanced care is needed.
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Most often, a red penis is simply the result of prolonged or aggressive sexual activity, which can cause the skin to become chafed, sensitive, or sore. In most cases, the symptoms will fade within 2-24 hours.
Also known as dermatitis, this condition can affect any part of the body. Eczema is an autoimmune reaction, either to something in the environment (such as chemicals in laundry detergent) or to something in the diet. Even stress can cause eczema outbreaks in some individuals.
Eczema-related symptoms include not only reddened skin, but the appearance of an itchy rash or multiple tiny blisters; as these clear, they may begin to peel, leaving the skin extremely dry and flaky. Even with treatment, eczema outbreaks can be extremely persistent.
Penile cancer is extremely rare, but it is useful to be aware of the symptoms and to perform period self-exams to check for irregularities. It may present as red or blue-brown lumps or growths on the penis.
Men who are allergic to latex may experience burning, itching and redness from use of latex condoms. In severe cases, respiratory symptoms may also appear.
This term refers to an inflammation of the glans (head) of the penis and/or the foreskin. It mainly affects uncircumcised men, although occasionally, men who have been circumcised may also develop a red, swollen glans. In uncircumcised men, this is most often caused by inadequate hygiene; failing to clean under the foreskin can result in a build-up of dead skin cells, body oils and other substances that provide a haven for bacteria. Swelling of the head/foreskin can also be caused by thrush (yeast infection) or even skin allergies. Balanitis is characterized by redness, swelling, pain, skin that feels warm or hot to the touch, peeling, and/or a whitish, pasty discharge.
Many sexually transmitted diseases can cause symptoms that include rash, blisters, and reddened, shiny or flaky penile skin. These may include chlamydia, genital herpes, gonorrhea, genital warts and syphilis. Men who are sexually active should be tested regularly for STIs – every 6 months is recommended – and they should ensure that their partners are tested, as well.
A red penis can be worrisome and embarrassing, but there is help! It is always important to check with a trained medical professional for advice on penile health concerns; but for men with surface-level problems such as skin that is chafed and sore from over-use, an advanced penis health crème like Man1 Man Oil, with 9 penis-specific and moisturizing ingredients, can help overcome redness and improve the overall look and feel of the penis.
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