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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Why do I have discoloration and spots in the glans for three years despite taking medicines and undergoing circumcision?

Query: Hello doctor, As a kid, I suffered from phimosis. I had circumcision five years back. It was complicated as my foreskin was stuck to the sides of my glans and the surgeon had to cut the skin to expose the glans from the sides. After that, it took almost one to one and a half years for my skin to rec...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I could see the Rx (prescription) and pictures. The brownish spots to some extent could be normal but the redness is not. I could see that your doctor has made a diagnosis of Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). Steroids are the mainstay of trea...  Read Full »

My penis glans has been red for more than a year after getting scratched while wearing a swimsuit. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am around 30 years old and have had redness of the glans for the past one and a half years. I got scratched by a sharp plastic thing while wearing a swimming suit, after which the issue started. There are no other symptoms other than redness of teh glans. However, when subjected to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Karthik Rajan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have gone through your query and the images and reports attached (attachment removed to protect teh patient's identity). It appears to be some sebaceous glands that can normally occur but are excessive in your case. It does not appear li...  Read Full »

I have small patches of asymptomatic white skin on my glans. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have got small patches of asymptomatic white skin on my glans. I had them for years but was told it was just skin pigmentation. So I’m just wondering, are there any creams or ointments that I could use to restore some natural color or even get rid of this white, pale skin pigmentat...  Read Full »

Dr. G. S. S. Sandeep

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Is it possible to forward a few clear pictures of glans? I can guess a few differential diagnoses here. 1. Candidiasis: It is a normal fungal infection. Start using Ketoconazole cream once daily after bath for 15 days. 2. Post-inflammatory hypopigmentation: Due to ...  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 is 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 w...  Read Full »

Dr. Karthik Rajan

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 »

Why has the tip of my penis turned white?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26-year-old male. Yesterday, I noticed my tip of the penis becoming white. I do not know the cause but the most part of it is white. I am not getting 100% erection also. It looks like the growth of the penis has also stopped. Can you suggest why is this happening? I am not sexua...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You need to maintain strict personal hygiene. You can wear loose cotton comfortable undergarments. Get physically examined and investigated to rule out any medical problem and treat accordingly. Is there any pain or itching? A course of antifungals might be considere...  Read Full »

What could be the possible complications after circumcision?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a circumcision a few months ago for phimosis. After some time, the glans of my penis have patches that are red and raised without pain or discomfort. I thought it to be a part of the healing process and did not bother it. But it remains for so long. I am with the same partner for ...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for consulting us. I have seen the picture you sent (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). This condition is called vitiligo, skin discoloration due to loss of pigmentation and not an infection or inflammation. It can present to other areas o...  Read Full »

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

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 Sameer Juma Ali 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

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

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 »

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