Glans Discoloration

Glans or glans penis is the tip of or the head of the penis. It is usually pinkish in color and turns red or purple during erection because of the excess blood flow. The other causes of discoloration are an injury, penile melanosis (hyperpigmentation), contact dermatitis, lichen sclerosus, vitiligo, syphilis, and penile cancer.

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How can red spots on the head of my penis be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, The head of my penis is itchy and there are few red spots in certain areas on the head. This has been happening for the past week or so. I have stopped applying soap to the area and I wash it with lukewarm water twice a day and apply Candid-B thereafter. The itchiness went away after ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini V Swamy

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With your description, I feel you are suffering from a fungal infection of your genitalia. Kindly stop Candid-B cream (Beclometasone Topical and Clotrimazole Topical). It has steroids in it. This gives you temporary relief from itching but promotes fungal growth. H...  Read Full »

What can cause discoloration of glans penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have discoloration and swelling on the glans penis for almost a year now. I have tried different creams prescribed by a dermatologist nothing has helped. Also, my primary did a urine culture and it was normal. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This patch is normal there are no issues with it. It is melanin pigmentation and it is completely no issues and will not cause issues in the future. I am assuring you for that.   Read Full »

Is depigmentation of penis with dark spots a concerning issue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a depigmentation on my penis and scrotum for years (I think since I was born). I did not pay match attention to it. Also in the past few months, I have noticed two spots on the glans of the penis and that is what worries me the most. I do not know if those spots were there befo...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please send a few more good quality photographs taken in natural light (attachment removed to protect patient identity). How long it has been there? What are the symptoms? Any other area affected? Any other family members affected? Any history of hypertension? Diabe...  Read Full »

Will regular masturbation cause discoloration of penile head?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 21 years old. I have been worried because my penis head has turned blackish and I have horizontal wrinkles on it. I masturbate once a day for the past three years and often forget to clean the sperm after masturbating. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. I have gone through the attached images (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and it is true that there is some black discoloration at the glans penis (penis head) but it does not look like symptom of any i...  Read Full »

What causes wrinkles on glans?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29 year old male. I have abnormal appearing glans of the penis. The glans started to change several years ago becoming very wrinkled and have a redder appearance than before. The meatus started to change at about the same time. I have not had any sores on the head, but had fric...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As far as all your investigations regarding sexually transmitted diseases are normal and you are not having any other symptoms (except wrinkling), you need not worry about the appearance...  Read Full »

How to treat glans discoloration?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a circular or oval area of discolored skin on the shaft of my penis, near the base. It started as a small circular area that looked very much like ringworm and now, it is much larger. The area of skin is paler than the rest of my penis and it seems to have some red scaling around th...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Is it associated with itching at present? Kindly attach the photos. Please do not use cream containing Clotrimazole and Beclomethasone Dipropionate combination. It is steroid cream and the side effect of using it in the groin area can lead to thinning of the skin and whi...  Read Full »

After Laser Treatment of Penile Papules, My Penis Has Become Dark

Query: Hi doctor, I am 24 years old. I had pearly papules on my glans penis a long time ago. I got them removed three months ago by a dermatologist with CO2 laser. Now, bottom of the¬†glans penis is very dark purple in color. I have tried to put some gels on it, but had no success with that. I will attach ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attached picture and provided details (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I feel the discoloration at glans is completely normal and there is no problem with it either in the near future or distant future other than a cosmetic concern...  Read Full »

My penis head has become black and foreskin is itchy. Please suggest effective treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, My penis head has become black. That part, as well as the foreskin, is itchy. I went to a urologist and he prescribed Ciplox 500 mg (1-0-1) for five days and T Bact cream for applying. It was paining a bit at that time. Now the pain is considerably reduced (about 90 %). But still, the...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Kindly send good quality image and revert back. Without photographs its difficult to comment. Revert with more information to a dermatologist online -->  Read Full »

What are the non-itchy spots in my genitals?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having spots on glans since I had a risky unprotected oral sex. After few days, they seemed to be normal. Again about one month and 15 days after the intercourse, while checking my penis underskin, I saw multiple tiny white dots (not on glans this time). They are not itchy but a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your question and I understand your concerns but these dots are not consistent with the usual symptoms of any of the sexually transmitted diseases (attachment removed to protect patient identity).This is more consistent with a bacterial infection, pr...  Read Full »

I have a flat white cluster inside my penis. Is this normal or an STD?

Query: Hello doctor,I had protected sex 17 days ago with a questionable character. I have been fine but tonight noticed what looks like a flat white cluster that are tiny inside my urethra (penis). I do not have a burning sensation when I pee or ejaculate, nor do I have any symptoms of traditional STDs. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Karthik Rajan

Urologist, Andrologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and the photo you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I am unable to get a clear picture from the photo sent by you. From what I can see, it appears to be a normal urethral opening. However, it is unlikely that ...  Read Full »

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