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Has red patches on his penis after sex. Feels very itchy. What can be done?

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my husband has red patches on his penis after making love also gets very itchy what can we do
Posted Sat, 28 Sep 2013 in Sexually Transmitted Diseases
 
 
Answered by Dr. Yogesh D 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
No need to panic. Need more information.

Detailed Answer:
Dear Mrs XXXXX,

Thank you very much for posting your query. I do understand your concern.

I understand that your husband develops red patches on his penis after sexual intercourse which is associated with itching and he has been having high blood pressure.

This kind of reddish patches associated with itching suggest that there could be some sort infection, bacterial or fungal and it could be sexually transmitted. And the exact reason needs to found out by clinical exam along with some basic investigations.

I would like to know a few more details about the issue before I can make further recommendations, hence I request you answer these following questions in as much detail as possible.

1. When did you first notice this issue?

2. how often do these patches appear?

3. Do these red patches appear after each sexual act?

4. How soon do these red patches appear after the act?

5. Is there any bleeding you have noticed from these patches? Do these patches appear very raw?

6. Is there any other type of discharge from these patches say like whitish or mucous like?

7. What do you do to make them go away?

8. Have you consulted any doctor for the issue, if yes what did the doctor do?

Please do write back to me with as many details as possible and if possible please take a close-up picture of the red patches and upload the image along with your question so that it will give me a better idea about the cause.

For now I suggest you avoid unprotected sexual intercourse. You can continue to make love wearing a condom(Your husband needs to wear it).

See if you can schedule an appointment with your Both husband and wife).

Your GP may ask you to get a couple of tests done (you can request her/him if they do not suggest that). These tests should include, complete hemogram for both of you, WDRL/RPR test, HIV, test for herpes microscopic examination of the the discharge from the rashes, urine analysis, culture and sensitivity from the discharge from rashes and your vaginal swabs, culture and sensitivity of urine.

These investigations will find the exact nature of the disease and your GP should be able to prescribe you the appropriate medication based on the cause.

For now you might consider applying a generic anti-bacterial ointment which may be available over the counter in your region.

I hope this answers all your concerns and is oh help to you.

Awaiting your response.

Warm regards.

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Follow-up: Has red patches on his penis after sex. Feels very itchy. What can be done? 27 hours later
responding to answer for my question. Dr XXXXXXX D


answering your message back We first noticed this about a year ago have gone to see a doctor ad he gave him cream to help. It helped for a little while but not long. these patches appear after sex and do not seem to go away. they seem to start itching right away after sex they have a clear discharge as well as a white discharge we have also noticed that there is a terrible smell with it. We have basically quit having sex the last time was 3 weeks ago and these pictures attached are from then and were taken last night. Tried to use a itch cream to help but made these sores just bubble up so he quit using that. Have tried to consult a doctor but they seem to beat around the bush by not looking at the penis almost like they are embarrassed so not sure what to do next.

Do you have a email address I can send these photos to


thank you for the quick response Dr XXXXXXX D
 
 
Answered by Dr. Yogesh D 9 hours later
Brief Answer:
Worrisome pics, need to rule out pre-cancer

Detailed Answer:
Hello Mrs XXXXX,

I hope you and your husband are doing good and thank you for writing back with the details and photographs.

I have seen the photographs and have gone through the details and my first suspicion is "premalignant changes".

The red rashes which you have noticed, since they have been around since an year, point to a more sinister condition, and these red patches are termed as erythroplakia (a premalignant condition which commonly affects the penis).

I was also able to see some small nodules on the penile shaft, I am not sure how long these have been present, so it would help me to come to a conclusion if you can share more details about these nodules (small lump kind of swellings around the penis).

Kindly let me know how long they have been present and have you noticed any changes in these nodules, like if they are growing and becoming bigger in size.

These nodules can be just genital warts or they can also be the part of the same problem, and could be cancerous changes.

What you can do about this.

1. First and foremost, please consult a general surgeon at the earliest to get your husband examined completely. (The surgeon must see the penis, you can't have a doctor who does not want to look at the genitalia).

2. Your surgeon must take some biopsy samples to rule out erythroplakia and cancer of the penis. Biopsy will also confirm if it is a viral wart.

3. Your husband needs to keep his penis dry at all times, he can wear a little loose underwear.

4. After the surgeons' visit, you should also need to consult a dermatologist to see if the problem is related to sexually transmitted diseases.

Kindly make these visits as early as possible.

You can keep me posted regarding the outcomes of these visits so that I can guide accordingly.

Hope this information helps you and your husband. Please do write back whenever it is convenient for you.

Wishing you both good health and a long life.

Warm regards.
Dr. Yogesh. D
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