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

Q. What could be the reason for the redness in the penis glans without any irritation?

Answered by
Dr. Karthik Rajan
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 18, 2023 and last reviewed on: Aug 29, 2023

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 friction, it becomes bright red and subsides to very light red again. I had taken HIV and VDRL, suspecting an infection, but it was all negative. What should be done? I used the following medicines: Efficort 0.0337 percent (Hydrocortisone) for a week and got afraid whether it might cause thinning of the skin as there is no improvement and it looks red as well, and Tacrolimus 0.03% for 15 days.

Kindly help.



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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 like any STD. However, it is imperative that a close clinical examination is necessary before making any conclusion. It is difficult to provide a permanent solution, though some treatments can be tried; I would not suggest it as there are no other symptoms. If you get symptoms in the future, they can be tried later on. If your erection causes a tight foreskin, you may require circumcision to prevent the foreskin from getting stuck behind the head of the penis (it can only be recommended whether you require it or not only after an in-person examination). It is a relatively simple procedure, and if you subjectively feel any difficulty, you can go ahead with a circumcision.

I hope this helps.

Kindly revert for more queries.

Thank you.

Thank you for your reply, doctor.

So at present, should I apply any cream to the glans? If so, which is safe and effective, and how long should I apply? Is there anything to be worried about regarding the sebaceous glands? Which specialist should I consult for this? Can circumcision provide a solution for foreskin redness? How long will it take to heal? Kindly help.



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I would not suggest any cream, as they would not be helpful. Long-term use of steroid and tacrolimus creams is not good. There is nothing to worry about if it is just sebaceous glands. I would suggest you visit your local urologist or dermatologist to confirm. Circumcision will gradually decrease the redness of the glans, but initially for the first few months. The healing time after surgery for the stitches is about three weeks; usually, you are advised not the have intercourse or masturbation for a three to six weeks period depending on the healing. You can move about and do your regular activities from the next day.

I hope this helps.

Thank you.

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