Q. There are some itchy painful foul smelling bumps on penis. Is that STD?

Answered by
Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Jan 04, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have something on my penis. It started a couple days ago after I had unprotected sex. I am uncircumcised. It is not the first time I have noticed something like this happen and I always get concerned. It feels very itchy, and also hurts. It does not feel painful when I urinate. There is also a foul smell. It started as feeling sore and irritation, and then little bumps came out, and after that, it seems like the bumps look like sores. I have gotten tested for STD but HSV 1 and 2 were not in that panel. I have also been looked at and the doctor said balanitis. But there are two different examples of when it happens and the one I am concerned with today does not appear to look like the balanitis.

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology


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Presently the clinical photographs are not suggestive of herpes genitalis. Looks more like balanitis. In herpes genitalis there will be clean looks ulcers without slough, also there will be a pain. Herpes genitalis should subside with 5 to 7 days. Consider application of Mupirocin 2 % cream twice daily with Clotrimazole 1 % cream twice daily. Also, an oral antihistamine can be taken to relieve itching. I would advise you to visit dermatologist personally and if this is a recurrent problem, clinical examination is important. Protected sexual intercourse is advisable.

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