Noticed any new, concerning symptoms involving your penis? They could be a sign of many things, from a harmless skin condition to a sexually transmitted infection STI that needs treatment. Balanitis happens when the head of your penis becomes irritated and inflamed.
Though lichens vary widely in color and form, most often seen are the white crusty varieties that colonize the surface of trees, rocks and barren soil. A related disorder, lichen planus, more often affects the skin and inside of the mouth but can also affect genital membranes, where it can be more challenging to treat than lichen sclerosus. Lichen planus generally has broader targets, but an erosive form can affect the anal-genital region and other body parts and be as destructive as lichen sclerosus.
The foreskin is a roll of skin that covers the end of the penis. People who have been circumcised have had their foreskin removed for cultural, religious, medical, or aesthetic reasons. This means gently washing inside and outside your foreskin with soap and warm water daily.
Various abnormalities can affect the skin of the penis. Some are bodywide skin disorders that affect the penis as well as other parts of the skin. Examples can include psoriasislichen planusand seborrheic dermatitis. Some affect only the penis or affect the penis before they affect other areas.
Penile inflammatory skin conditions such as balanitis and posthitis are common, especially in uncircumcised males, and feature prominently in medical consultations. The accumulation of yeasts and other microorganisms under the foreskin contributes to inflammation of the surrounding penile tissue. The clinical presentation of inflammatory penile conditions includes itching, tenderness, and pain.
Diseases of the male genitalia range from infectious lesions to inflammatory and neoplastic conditions, including many genital manifestations of more general skin diseases. This review highlights the clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of the most common dermatoses of the male genitalia. Herpes genitalis and infections caused by human papillomavirus HPV are increasing, particularly in young sexually active people.
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All men should think about penis health. A man must have a healthy penis to function as a healthy person. He needs a healthy penis to remove urine and maintain the right fluid balance in his body.