Red spots on the penis: what to do?

29 -year-old man5 years ago
I had the appearance of red dots on the penis. No itching, the spots are smooth and without any other symptoms. I had unprotected sex but I went for tests to check and the tests were negative. The spots have been there for about 10 days. I was wondering if it could be due to poor hygiene or a reaction to a lubricant or soap. Also, the spots seem to be more visible after being sexually active. Thank you
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Stéphane Villeneuve · 5 years ago
Hello, You had the right reflex by going to consult! The small spots you describe, if they are flat (without relief) and uniformly red, are not dangerous. The fact that they appear more often after sexual relations suggests a small fungal infection. I reassure you; normally, simply maintaining exemplary hygiene on a daily basis, and especially after sexual relations, will allow you to avoid the symptoms coming back. If they are ever more intense, or accompanied by a whitish discharge and/or itching, don't hesitate to ask your pharmacist for clotrimazole (known under the trade name Canesten). Applied twice a day, for 7 to 10 days, clotrimazole will cure the infection. Finally, avoid bar soap (such as Dove) for daily hygiene, as it will cause a lot of irritation. Instead, use a cleanser like SpectroJel, which is much less irritating. I hope I have answered your question clearly! Stéphane Villeneuve, pharmacist
29 -year-old man · 5 years ago
Hello According to what I read on the internet it would be a balanitis; on several sites they speak of a treatment with canesten or baciguent, what is the difference between the 2 Thank you
Stéphane Villeneuve · 5 years ago
Hello, It may indeed be balanitis, which is the male form of vaginitis, a fungus infection that is more common in women. For balanitis, Baciguent is not recommended; it is an antibiotic (medicine against bacteria), whereas balanitis is a fungal infection. Canesten is indeed the treatment of choice; as mentioned above, applying the cream twice a day, for 7 to 10 full days, should allow you to heal completely! I hope I have answered your question correctly! We look forward to hearing from you, Stéphane Villeneuve, pharmacist
Stéphane Villeneuve · 5 years ago
Erratum: you should have read frequent* in the singular. I'm sorry!

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