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Red sore under head of penis, skin split in foreskin - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Red sore under head of penis, as pull foreskin back, looks like the skin has split ,what remedy is ther to help this heal..?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   how long have you had this issue ?
User :   infrequently for 3 months
Doctor :   you mean on an off since 3 months ?
User :   it heals then reappears, do not have unprotected sex
Doctor :   do u have had multiple such lesions ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   do they hurt a lot ?
User :   it is as if the foreskin is tight and pulls
User :   no pain
Doctor :   do they appear like ulcers ?
Doctor :   ok
User :   yes could be
Doctor :   do u have such ulcers in the oral cavity as well ?
User :   have been trying to keep the area dry
User :   no ulcers anywhwere
Doctor :   any symptoms like dry eyes, ?
User :   i have contact lenses that do get dry
User :   time to time
Doctor :   ok
User :   no multiple lesions
Doctor :   in that case, application of a steroid cream will help quick healing
Doctor :   try a ointment of triamcinolone
User :   is the cream readily avaiable across the counter
Doctor :   triamcinoline acetate to be specific
Doctor :   Yes , in the name of TOPICORT
Doctor :   you can use that, and this will reduce the recurrent cuts
User :   ok is it a general cream
Doctor :   yes
User :   or specific to genitalia
Doctor :   it is OTC steriod cream
Doctor :   it is a cream applied to mucus membranes , not to skin
User :   ok ....how regular should this be applied
Doctor :   twice daily will be good
User :   for how long
Doctor :   as long as the cuts last
Doctor :   but it will help heal within a few days
User :   it is only one cut under the head as you pull back the skin
Doctor :   thats is fine
User :   what is the cause
Doctor :   since you had recurrent cuts, you can use it again, if it occurs
Doctor :   the cause is inflammation or sore skin due to mucositis
Doctor :   the other cause could be injury during intercourse
User :   what is mucositis, apologies for the questions but like to know, any preventative measures I can take
Doctor :   its a inflammation of the skin of the glans penis or the prepuce
Doctor :   this is called balanitis
Doctor :   sometimes during intercourse, the delicate skin gets cut , and secondary infection can cause worsening of the cuts
User :   yes that has happened after intercourse the skin seems to separate and the sore/cut is caused...like the foreskin is too tight..
Doctor :   in that case, the main cause is lack of lubrication during sex
Doctor :   try to use , water based lubrications like KY jelly
User :   but i have never had this problem before... is it an age thing? i am 51
Doctor :   this will help prevent them totally
Doctor :   this can occur to anyone and at any time
Doctor :   not age related issue
User :   ok so in conclusion I should b ble o get the Topicat feom any pharmacy across the counter
Doctor :   you did not have this issue earlier , due to natural body lubrication
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   you should get it at any pharmacy
User :   ok, I believe i may have uncontrolled diabetes so would this will also be a cause ?
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   this is not due to diabetes
User :   ok
User :   many thanks doctor, i hope the cream works and have not had unprotected sex for a long while so it will hopefully rule out and std
Doctor :   yes, this does not seem to be a STD
Doctor :   YOU are most welcome
Doctor :   take care and have a good day,
Doctor :   bye for now
User :   many thanks again..
Doctor :   you are most welcome
Doctor :   bye for now
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