What Is a Penis Lesion?

A tube of steroid cream, which may help with a penis lesion.
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  • Written By: Jodee Redmond
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  • Last Modified Date: 17 July 2014
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A penis lesion is a wound, ulcer or a spot on this part of the body. They can be caused by several health concerns, including a sexually transmitted disease (STD), warts, psoriasis, or eczema. Lesions on the penis can also be a sign of cancer. A man who sees a change in the appearance of the skin on his penis should consult his doctor or go to a sexual health clinic to have the condition evaluated and to get appropriate treatment.

Depending on the cause, penis lesions may look like craters on the skin. In some cases, the craters may scab over. The lesions may also look like raised lumps or have a flat top. Some skin conditions that can affect the penis produce spots that are red and scaly in appearance.

If the penis lesion is caused by syphilis, the first symptom is a round ulcer on either the penis itself or the scrotum. This type of lesion is not painful and will go away on its own, only to return as a number of painless ulcers that are gray in color. They do not cause any pain, but the man who notices either type of lesion should see a doctor. This condition is contagious and the man and his sexual partners should both be treated with antibiotics.

Cancer can also cause lesions on a man's penis. This is not a common occurrence, but if a man notices an ulcer, he should see a doctor immediately. Prompt treatment is imperative and may even save his life.

Genital warts are similar in appearance tothe ones that occur on other parts of the body. The man may see a single wart or there may be numerous outbreaks that are pink, brown, or the same color as the surrounding skin. The surface of this type of penis lesion is moist. Once the genital warts have been diagnosed, they can be removed by a doctor.

Skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema can also affect a man's penis. Psoriasis looks like red, scaly spots that are most commonly found on either the glans or the foreskin. A doctor may recommend a topical cream containing steroids to treat this condition. Eczema also has a red, scaly appearance, but this type of penis lesion can be very itchy and uncomfortable. Steroid creams can also be used to treat this condition. Neither psoriasis nor eczema are infectious.

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Post 3

I had one, went to a doctor and got treatment. Two months later, it was all gone. I'm doing to the doctor in three days for a final check.

My advice: visit a doctor of your gender, tell him what's wrong and he will do the rest.

Post 2

Having a penis lesion is no laughing matter, whether it hurts or not. Painless lesions can actually come from some serious diseases and disorders. It might be a little embarrassing to present your doctor with your privates, but if it means keeping your whole body healthy it is worth it!

After all, doctors aren’t going to judge you or laugh at you. Or, at least they shouldn’t. If they do, find another doctor as soon as possible to evaluate your problem.

Post 1

Am I right to think that if you suspect you have a penis lesion of any kind that it is best to go to the doctor and have it looked at? It seems like an awfully sensitive place to take a chance on. I mean, it’s not exactly like getting a spot of dry skin on your arm. It could be herpes or something worse.

But, I understand that it may be difficult for some people to go to the doctor with the cost of health care these days. They, too, have options with clinics and such funded by the government. Don’t take a chance on something that could be really serious.

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