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What can cause dry patches on the penis?

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Posted on Fri, 3 May 2019
Question: Hello I have a slight concern. I went out of town and showered with a different type of soap. The next day I noticed 3 small kind of flat dry patches on my penis. They tend to dissappear when I moisturize them and when I stretch the skin. I have not had any sexual intercourse in 7 years no full on oral sex in 4 months. They seem to have gotten smaller as the week goes by. What could this be?
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Answered by Dr. Shyam B. Kale (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It may be contact dermatitis because of soap.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Can I come to know whether there is itching over that area? Is there any discharge from these sites? As per your history, you had used a different type of soap i.e chemical which may cause such rashes because of irritation i.e contact dermatitis.

Other causes of such rash over penis are fungal infection, pubic lice infection, scabies, yeast infection, sexually transmitted diseases.

You can continue with moisturizing cream alternate with hydrocortisone cream. Keep that part clean. Avoid such different type of soap. I think it's contact dermatitis. Kindly follow up with a detailed history.

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

Regards,
Dr. Shyam B. Kale, General & Family Physician
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Follow up: Dr. Shyam B. Kale (23 minutes later)
Hello. Thanks for your response. There is no itching and no discharge whatsoever from the site. Were you able to receive the pictures?
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Answered by Dr. Shyam B. Kale (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It's contact dermatitis, follow measures as suggested.

Detailed Answer:

Hi,

As there is no itching and no discharge from the site, so we can rule out other differential diagnoses easily as I mentioned earlier.
So it's contact dermatitis. I will suggest you follow all the measures for that I have mentioned in the previous answer.

I hope this will clarify your concerns.

Take care.

Regards,
Dr. Shyam Kale,
Family and general physician.
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What can cause dry patches on the penis?

Brief Answer: It may be contact dermatitis because of soap. Detailed Answer: Hello, Can I come to know whether there is itching over that area? Is there any discharge from these sites? As per your history, you had used a different type of soap i.e chemical which may cause such rashes because of irritation i.e contact dermatitis. Other causes of such rash over penis are fungal infection, pubic lice infection, scabies, yeast infection, sexually transmitted diseases. You can continue with moisturizing cream alternate with hydrocortisone cream. Keep that part clean. Avoid such different type of soap. I think it's contact dermatitis. Kindly follow up with a detailed history. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Shyam B. Kale, General & Family Physician