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Cause of skin irritation on penis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, ma
User :   hi
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   please proceed with your health query
User :   what are you a specialist of?
Doctor :   I am a General practitioner.
Doctor :   I believe I can help you within my expertise and If required I shall recommend a specialist.
User : question...
Doctor :   yes, please proceed
User :   can herpes come right after sex, as skin irritation
User :   red splotches
Doctor :   it can present as skin irritation in few cases, more often it is yeast infection or chlamydia and gonorrhea that causes irritation after having intercourse if infection is passed on.
User :   seem to get them on my penis, when ever there is physical contact...touching, sex, and masturbation, seems to get worse when drinking
Doctor :   ok. is there itching and burning associated? is there redness associated?
User :   yep
User :   all
User :   been having this problem for over 8months now
Doctor :   ok. it suggests presence of infection. is there any fouls smelling discharge associated?
User :   and the rash is more there then not
Doctor :   do you have any discomfort/irritation while ejaculation?
User :   would that only be at the beginning of the infection?
User :   no really, just skin might burn a little from rubbing
Doctor :   no, since 8 months are up, it suggests chronic problem
User :   i think its ironic this started happening on my penis, right after sleeping with a girl...unprotected sex
Doctor :   you should not delay your appointment with urologist to see what is going on.
User :   what does that mean
Doctor :   you will need to a STD screening test
Doctor :   to identify which infection is present
Doctor :   and start with treatment based on the test results.
Doctor :   unprotected sex with unknown person, can lead to any of the STD, ranging from Herpes, syphilis to chlamydia, gonorrhea etc.
User :   i seen multiple doctors....they think is eczema or psoriasis
Doctor :   is there dry skin or flaking of skin associated?
User :   all are negative, except i tested positive for herpes about 4 years ago on my forhead of all places
Doctor :   long duration of the infection can give it a eczema like appearance. but the STD screening test will confirm what the exact cause is.
User :   so now its would be hard to tell if this infection is from that....via a blood test
Doctor :   ok. are you on treatment for Herpes?
User :   no
Doctor :   but the test will atleast identify if the present problems that you face is due to Herpes or any other infection
Doctor :   and help to decide the right treatment to control your symptoms
Doctor :   if infection is found, then you should avoid unprotected intercourse, and get your partner also treated simultaneously to avoid chances of re-infection.
User :   what type of text would i do?
Doctor :   you can request for a complete STD screening which will involve testing for all the infections
Doctor :   have you followed what I said?
User :   i have done this, except for herpes
User :   blood test
Doctor :   when was it done? and what did the result show?
User :   negative
Doctor :   did it identify anything else except Herpes?
User :   positive for HSV 1
Doctor :   were tests for yeast infection/psoriasis done?
User :   not yeast do you conduct these test?
User :   or psoriasis
Doctor :   the tests for yest and psoriasis are done by taking skin scrapings and testing them.
Doctor :   it is not done by blood tests.
Doctor :   sometimes swab is taken from the affected area and tested to identify the causative organism.
Doctor :   are you there?
User :   also the rash on my penis started out as a red patch and the veins seemed little irritated, that was hard to see if you expand / stretch the skin...not it seems like it is more red all over like irritation....Also, now i get little red veins on my nose...and small red patches as well
User :   ok i will try and have this done
Doctor :   ok
User :   changes i have noticed over the last 6 months as well, itching of my anus, nipples, and lower lip, and nose
Doctor :   ok. is the itching associated with dryness? or redness or rash?
User :   Also, i had not let my girl give me oral sex in a while then...she did because i thought I was ok... but i think she got a rash under her lip...and then i started to get a rash right under my lip....
User :   people dont really notice it, but i seem too
Doctor :   ok. then the problem could be related to the HERPES or HSV-1, with the infection flaring up after intercourse.
User :   she said she did not really see anything different, maybe i am just crazy....and trying to connect the dots
User :   on my nipple yes...they will flare up red
Doctor :   ok
User :   but this was happening before all the penis stuff,
Doctor :   ok
User :   penis started right after having unprotected sex
Doctor :   ok
User :   I thought herpes takes a few days to develop, did not know it can flare up right after sex
User :   i have had it on my head, thought it would act the same
User :   could this be associated with the rash under my lip
Doctor :   if the infection was present since before the intercourse, then it can flare up right after the intercourse
User :   seems like my eyes are always itching, burning too, could this be associated?
Doctor :   you need to be examined to see if all the rashes appear the same before any correlation can be made between them..
Doctor :   once examination is over, then your symptoms can be correlated to see if they are related.
User :   is it possible this just stays around, and does not really go away....?
Doctor :   it will stay on if there is no active treatment.
Doctor :   you need to be on treatment. to have a control over the infection load and the symptoms.
User :   herpes
Doctor :   Herpes usually stays on and gets flared if you are not on treatment and have unprotected sexual activities.
User :   ok, what would be the best treatment method
Doctor :   treatment would depend on your load of infection, if it is more, you will need aggressive traetment
Doctor :   to control it.
Doctor :   also, possibilities of other infections should be ruled out.
Doctor :   and if any other infection is found. then that too should be treated
Doctor :   along with with treating your partner
User :   like medication?
User :   could this be hpv related?
Doctor :   nothing can be said with accuracy unless proven with tests. your symptoms suggest flare up of herpes and secondary infection.
Doctor :   get a thorough examination along with the tests done.
Doctor :   to see what is exactly causing you these symptoms.
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   yep...
User :   so can i spred it to my eyes and other people by touching it?
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   if it is herpes, can i pass it to other people and me, by touching it, then touching them?
Doctor :   yes you can pass on the infection to anyone be it herpes or any other infection.
User :   just by touch?
User :   wow
User :   ok
Doctor :   contact with private parts, and exchange of body fluids or tranfer of secretions can cause infection
Doctor :   if you touch your affected areas and touch another person, you may transmit the infection
User :   u there
User :   ok
User :   thanks for the info...i will try and get the right treatment.
Doctor :   so get your causative agent identified by going ahead with examination and further investigations.
Doctor :   and start on treatment.
User :   will do
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. bye for now.

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