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What does a split under the penis head with redness and irritation indicate?

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Posted on Mon, 27 Apr 2015
Question: I have a split under the head of my penis and also I am getting a lot of redness and irritation on the skin under my head and on the head, I have been applying canesten hc cream for weeks but it works temporary but then flares back up as soon as I stop using it.
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Answered by Dr. T Chandrakant (24 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hi.
Thanks for your query.
To recapitulate: Male / 46 - split under the head of the penis - redness and irritation on the skin on and under the head - applying Canesten HC for weeks - works temporary and flares back on stopping.

Please give me some more details to work-out properly:
- You may attach the clear pictures with this query as YYYY@YYYY
- Are your diabetic?
- Are you sexually active? If yes, any problems your partner have?
- Which Doctor did you consult, I mean Family Physician or a Specialist?
- Any urinary complaints?
- Are there similar lesions anywhere else on the body?

The most probable causes are:
- Balanoposthitis
- Any skin lesion like lichen or so.

I would advise you the following:

The effective treatment is as follows:
Clean the area with plain water 2 to 4 times a day and and keep it dry with a pure cotton cloth or a dryer.
you may apply liquid Povidone Iodine locally or a Metronidazole cream- nothing else at all. We have seen no results with any other solution, cream or ointment. So do not try anything else; if you are using any, please stop it.

A course of antibiotic and Metronidazole ( you need a valid prescription) orally for 5 to 7 days and a single dose of oral anti-fungal tablet should help you to get a cure.
Please get your Blood Sugar checked.

If you are sexually active , your partner too needs to take the same treatment.

I hope this answer helps you to get a proper solution, please feel free to ask further if you need any additional information and you may rate this answer before closing.

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What does a split under the penis head with redness and irritation indicate?

Brief Answer: Please post a photograph and give feedback Detailed Answer: Hi. Thanks for your query. To recapitulate: Male / 46 - split under the head of the penis - redness and irritation on the skin on and under the head - applying Canesten HC for weeks - works temporary and flares back on stopping. Please give me some more details to work-out properly: - You may attach the clear pictures with this query as YYYY@YYYY - Are your diabetic? - Are you sexually active? If yes, any problems your partner have? - Which Doctor did you consult, I mean Family Physician or a Specialist? - Any urinary complaints? - Are there similar lesions anywhere else on the body? The most probable causes are: - Balanoposthitis - Any skin lesion like lichen or so. I would advise you the following: The effective treatment is as follows: Clean the area with plain water 2 to 4 times a day and and keep it dry with a pure cotton cloth or a dryer. you may apply liquid Povidone Iodine locally or a Metronidazole cream- nothing else at all. We have seen no results with any other solution, cream or ointment. So do not try anything else; if you are using any, please stop it. A course of antibiotic and Metronidazole ( you need a valid prescription) orally for 5 to 7 days and a single dose of oral anti-fungal tablet should help you to get a cure. Please get your Blood Sugar checked. If you are sexually active , your partner too needs to take the same treatment. I hope this answer helps you to get a proper solution, please feel free to ask further if you need any additional information and you may rate this answer before closing. Awaiting for your feedback.