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What do small bumps on below penis shaft indicate? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 25-Mar-2014
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User:4 days ago i started noticing small bumps on my shaft just below my penis head. During then it only had burning sensation. (Something like how an open wound would feel when it touches water) But today the pain has worsen when it rubs against my thighs/pants. The growth looks very small like shiny ball. I am married for over a year. My wife suffers from yeast infection. I was circumcised when i was young. This growth has been stressing me too much that i feel like i am having a fever. I have been searching online for such similar cases. But i cant seem to find anything relevant. What i see is wart, herpes and so on. But none of it looks anything like mine.
Doctor:Can you describe the lesion in detail?
User:in detail as in?
User:i have actually attached pics
Doctor:I will ask specific questions as the skin lesions can resemble each other
Doctor:Does the lesion has pus
User:no it does not
Doctor:Is it growing near a hair follicle?
User:no too.. its at the top of the shaft
User:just before the head
Doctor:Is it pearly?
Doctor:You will not be able to attach the photo on the chat
User:yes very small ball like siny
Doctor:You can send it at YYYY@YYYY
User:but skin tone
Doctor:It can be molluscum
Doctor:Are you there?
User:i was sending the pics
Doctor:It can also be kust candida showing up on you
User:oh it looks like that?
Doctor:I got the pics
Doctor:I can see a cluster of swellings
Doctor:Are the swellings fluid-filled?
User:there are only 2 swollen tiny balls
Doctor:it is a weird lesion
User:the rest are more like scar from my circumcision
Doctor:From how long do you have them?
User:i cant really say if they are fluid filled. cos if i brush against them. it hurts bad
User:about 3-4days
User:i didnt realise it till yesterday
Doctor:On first look it seemed like swollen skin glands
Doctor:Or swollen lymphatics
User:oh you mean the two tiny balls?
Doctor:herpes is a remote possibility
Doctor:but it does not seem to be warts
Doctor:molluscum is also possible
Doctor:Thus if it is fluid filled, then the fluid can be sent for microscopic examination and Tzanck test
Doctor:molluscum usually has an indentation but I cannot see an indentation
User:oh hmm
Doctor:These can also be plain cysts
Doctor:What I suggest is that you can try sulphur lotion or salicylic acid on them for sometime
Doctor:These medicines are available overthe counter
User:is it something serious?
Doctor:It does ot seem to be serious
User:is molluscum painful?
Doctor:Blood test are also available to rule out genital herpes
Doctor:No molluscum are not painnful
Doctor:That is why I first thought of swollen glands
User:oh hmm but this hurts.
User:so only possibility could be genital herpes?
Doctor:It is possible
Doctor:But should be confirmed
Doctor:before coming to the conclusion
User:will it get bigger if its herpes?
Doctor:Herpes keeps coming and going
Doctor:though the lesions may disappear but the virus may still be there
Doctor:So using barrier contraceptive is best to prevent transmission
Doctor:Herpetic lesions can be bigger
Doctor:Do you have any questions?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:oh so should i use over the counter medication as you suggested
Doctor:Yes you can
Doctor:Till the time you see a doctor
Doctor:sulphur even has some antiviral properties
User:ok sure i will do that. are there specific brands?
User:what should i ask the pharmacist
User:how often should i use it?
Doctor:In which country do you live?
Doctor:Im not sure of brands in your place
Doctor:But you can kjust ask for sulphur lotion
Doctor:or you can look in the aisle for acne medications
User:oh if they ask for wat purposem what should i say
Doctor:It is also an acne medication
Doctor:they will be more familiar of it as acne medicine
User:ohhh ok sure thank you, i will try that
User:how often shoud i apply
User:and also must it purely be sulphur lotion
Doctor:it can be applied two times a day
User:ok sure
Doctor:it can be available upto 8%
User:ok sure i will do that
User:thank you
Doctor:Thanks for consulting
User:thank you too!
Doctor:hand sanitizers also have antiviral properties
Doctor:you can try those too
User:sure i will try those too
Doctor:Do you have any question?
User:that is all
Doctor:ok then
Doctor:Take care
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