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About 2 weeks ago I used Head and shoulders instead

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Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019
Question: About 2 weeks ago I used Head and shoulders instead of body soap to masturbate in the shower. The next morning I had a slight burn when I urinated in the morning. The burning has gone away, but when I tried to masturbate again my penis was tender when I touched it. Is this a friction burn? I do see just a very slight redness on my shaft, but it's barley visible. No recognizable friction or burn marks at all. Thank You.
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (29 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Probably a contact dermatitis from the shampoo use.

Detailed Answer:

Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

Your symptoms seem to be related to a an allergic reaction from the soap.

I recommend to use cool compresses in the area.

An ice pack or another cool compress can relieve irritation.

I also recommend d to use a moisturizer such as Calmine lotion to relieve the symptoms.

I suggest to wash the area regularly with a non-irritating, soap-free cleanser.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.


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Follow up: Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (47 minutes later)
Thank you, my penis shows no marks at all. I can see a very slight red area on my shaft but it's almost non visible. When I do urinate I have no burning at all, but when im done I feel a slight soreness in my shaft. Can urine flow inside of my penis agitate the chemical burn?
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Follow up: Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (2 minutes later)
Can I have dermatitis if I have almost no redness?
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Answered by Dr. Dorina Gurabardhi (11 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Dermatitis can appear even with minimal redness.

Detailed Answer:
Hj again dear,

Dermatitis can be present even with minimal redness.

Urine can irritate the area due to the acidity.

I suggest to follow the advice that I give above for relief.

The symptoms may last a few days.

It is important to avoid contact with irritating cleansers.

Feel free to contact me again for further clarification.

Take care dear,

Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi
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About 2 weeks ago I used Head and shoulders instead

Brief Answer: Probably a contact dermatitis from the shampoo use. Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. Your symptoms seem to be related to a an allergic reaction from the soap. I recommend to use cool compresses in the area. An ice pack or another cool compress can relieve irritation. I also recommend d to use a moisturizer such as Calmine lotion to relieve the symptoms. I suggest to wash the area regularly with a non-irritating, soap-free cleanser. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.