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What does grey discoloration on penis shaft suggest?

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Posted on Fri, 15 May 2015
Question: I have grey stuff down my shaft around the brim of penis. I don't know where this came from. Is it a simple infection, as it started as an itch, then a little swelling, now this greyish substance and it does hurt. What can I do about this? I have used Vaseline on it thinking it was a cut but it turned uglier today. I had the discomfort since this past Tuesday.
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Answered by Dr. Ronald Schubert (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Penile ulceration

Detailed Answer:
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You are concerned about an ulceration at the base of the head of your penis. This ulceration is suspicious looking for a sexually transmitted disease. I recommend that you be immediately seen by a medical provider and have testing done for sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea and herpes. Please do not delay. If you can't get in to see your regular physician then I recommend that you be seen at an urgent care center where they can do the proper testing.

I hope I answered your question. Please contact me again if you have any additional questions or comments.
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What does grey discoloration on penis shaft suggest?

Brief Answer: Penile ulceration Detailed Answer: Thank you for contacting HCM with your health care concerns You are concerned about an ulceration at the base of the head of your penis. This ulceration is suspicious looking for a sexually transmitted disease. I recommend that you be immediately seen by a medical provider and have testing done for sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, gonorrhea and herpes. Please do not delay. If you can't get in to see your regular physician then I recommend that you be seen at an urgent care center where they can do the proper testing. I hope I answered your question. Please contact me again if you have any additional questions or comments.