Is a recurring red spot on the penis shaft a symptom of herpes?
Kindly post the photo of the lesion and answer few questions
I read history you provided. There is erythematous macular lesion on the shaft of penis which is not itchy or painful. There is no burning. It is recurring lesion. Still, I would like to have answers of few questions...
- are you married?
- are you sexually active?
- do you have multiple partners?
- when did you do sex before the development of the lesion?
- how many times the relapses you faced?
- does the lesion remain on same site or changes the site?
- similar or different skin lesion elsewhere?
- do you take any medicine for other disease?
- any habit of alcohol or tobacco?
- family history of similar or other disease?
I would like to have answers of above queries before I conclude. And please post the few photos of site affected.
Dr.Ilyas Patel MD
If it were herpes wouldn't the red spot have turned into blisters or an ulcer by this point. Would i also be feeling itchy, tingling or pain at this point as well, since it has been a week.
I also work outside in the heat as well, and wear a bit tighter pants and tighter underwear
Solitary annular lichen planus most probably
Thanks to moderator for forwarding the photo of the lesion.
After reading the history and seeing the photo I could conclude that most probably you may be having a skin condition called annular lichen planus. As it is a single lesion,it may be labeled as solitary annular lichen planus.
Kindly remove the fear of herpes progenitalis from your mind. It is not herpes progenitalis.
Exact cause of lichen planus is unknown. It may be autoimmune condition. The lesion may or may not be itchy. Generally on genitals, lichen planus remains asymptotic. The lesion of lichen planus on shaft of the penis occurs in annular form and may be violaceous with rough surface.
It is a benign condition and may heal without treatment in few weeks. And may recure without known cause. There is no need to worry,it it recurs. If you need to take treatment, you may apply either mild form of steroid cream like mometasone cream or immunomodulator like tacrolimus ointment.
However,you consult the dermatologist whenever it recurs,so that perfect diagnosis may be done.
I hope this would satisfy you.
Dr.Ilyas Patel MD
Hope your fear would have gone.
You are right. The lesions you developed on back in past might be lichen planus lesions. The lesions may heal leaving mild pigmentation.
If new lesions occur, contact me on this platform of HCM. I would definitely help you.
Wishing you healthy life.
Dr.Ilyas Patel MD
The User accepted the expert's answer
Get personalised answers from verified doctor in minutes across 80+ specialties
- Red spots mustache herpes
- Red spots on face herpes
- Symptoms herpes red palms
- Dark red spots on lip not herpes
- Herpes on penis shaft
- Herpes at base of penis
- Is white spots in stool a symptom of herpes
- Herpes itchy penis scabs spots treatment
- Noticed red spots on penis is it genital herpes outbreak
- Symptoms of Herpes
- Large, pus filled scarred blisters on buttock, raw patch on vagina, bump...
- Burning and warm skin on left of rib cage, no rash or shingles. What...
- Have itching around neck, ankles and under the head of the penis....
- Skin infection since months, itching only during sweating. Diagnosed to...
- Skin type is oily, want to have fair skin. Which cream shall I use?
- Having uncontrollable sweat in underarms. What to do?
- Diabetic. Have red blotches on legs. Suggest
- Noticed lump in nostril. Report showed moderate leucocytes. What does...
- Having clusters of painful warts on palm. Prescribe medications?
- Have bumps on elbow under skin. Having unusual color. What could this be?