Penile Discoloration

There are multiple causes for penile discoloration, such as injury, contact dermatitis, penile melanosis, lichen sclerosus, and penile cancer. Penile discoloration usually indicates an underlying medical condition. In certain cases, penile discoloration is just a sign of a sexually transmitted disease or a harmless skin condition.

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Can the disinfectant used during urethrogram cause a white patch on the penis?

Query: Hi doctor, Following a test, my penis came in contact with a disinfectant, and I notice that part of my glans penis has become white. I did a urethrogram. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through the photo you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I can see a raw area with a whitish mucous membrane around it. I hope it is not burning or having any pain or itching. As I can see, you went through a procedure called the urethrogra...  Read Full »

What causes a grayish discoloration on the penile tip?

Query: Hello doctor,I noticed a grayish discoloration on the tip of my penis. It is present for more than three weeks. It is painful and highly sensitive. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello doctor, I understand your concern. It looks like melanosis, which is nothing but the deposition of melanin pigment at one particular site. It may happen over the shaft, at the tip of the (glans) penis, over lips, or inside of the mouth. It is idiopathic. The majority of the time, it remains h...  Read Full »

Why is there a color change and dryness of skin in my penile region?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had dry skin, a color change in the head of the penis, and redness in the urethra for the past several months. It seems like it will come and go sometimes; it will look very normal, then minutes later, it will look very brownish grey and shriveled up. This has been causing me...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. It appears to be xerosis which means extreme dryness of the penile skin, which may be caused due to eczema. It is not a dangerous condition and is not life-threatening. Due to this fact, I assure you not to worry. Cosmetic...  Read Full »

What is the reason for the pale skin on my glans penis over ten years?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had pale skin on my glans for over ten years. Since I was a kid, I have never had a problem. There are no symptoms like soreness or irritation. It is just purely the appearance of it that I do not like. People had said it could be a fungal infection. I have tried creams and oral ca...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have gone through the pictures attached (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity). The possible differentials for your condition include lichen sclerosus et atrophicus (LSA) and genital vitiligo. Therefore, there is no need to p...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for my penis discoloration after using the steroidal cream?

Query: Hello doctor, I used a steroid cream that contains Clotrimazole and Betamethasone on the bottom of the penis head and foreskin. One year later penis is still discolored (sometimes a bit blue at the base - but it is usually a bit red, and the foreskin is red and irritated). What could be the reason? ...  Read Full »

Dr. J N Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please share clear pictures of the penis head (after slowly retracting the foreskin) and other affected areas so that the problem can be diagnosed correctly and suggest correct treatment. Kindly revert. Thank you.   Read Full »

Why does my penis have dark discoloration?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some dark discoloration on my penis. I showed it to my family doctor and he did some blood tests. He told me that there is nothing to be worried about it. But this concerns me a lot. I read a lot about penile cancers and figured discoloration as one of the early symptoms. I also cam...  Read Full »

Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attached image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It seems to be benign penile melanosis. You need to know that there are some color changes observed in the coloration of penile melanosis. Your condition looks fine and you can be h...  Read Full »

I have both discoloration and numbness in the glans penis. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 31 years old with 5'9 height and weight 150 lbs. I have both discoloration and numbness but only on the glans penis and not the shaft. I have gotten consultations, and no one can find the problem. I have photos to show before and after. I have had this problem for about a year now...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks very much for consulting us. Discoloration of the glans and penis can have many causes like inflammation, bruises, or ischemia, and numbness can be mainly due to penis or nerve injury. The picture will help with the diagnosis if you send me. Gonococcal infection ...  Read Full »

Can discoloration of the penis be treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a discoloration on my penis for a while. It does not itch, but the skin above it is a bit shining and scaly. It becomes dry and white post-erection. Is this normal, and can it be treated? Would you advise any topical treatment, or do you think this is serious, and should I ch...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to I understand your concern. Since you do not have itching, it is xerosis (skin dryness). Usually, fungal infection or dermatitis has itching. I suggest you avoid soap for a while and use moisturizing creams as a topical application with mild antifungal and...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for the black mark on my penis?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a black mark on my penis head and after a month, it got spread. I have a reddish-pink mark below it and sometimes my penis becomes dry. I do not have any irritation or itching. I am really scared due to it. I want to get cured. I have attached some pictures. Please help me.   Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern. According to the statement, you have a black mark on the penis head. According to the picture, (attachment removed to protect patient identity), you are suffering from penile melanosis. It is a harmless condition characterized by patches of dark s...  Read Full »

Why do I have reddish discoloration in my penis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a strange red discoloration on the glans of my penis (on the top). At first, I thought maybe it was from rubbing inside the briefs, but it has been there for several months and has become bigger, and it also tends to get dry. A rug burn is the best thing I can say to describe i...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do you have burning on urination, increased frequency of urination, or irritation? Will you do excess scratching and rubbing of the lesion? Will you do rough handling? Do you have any contact with irritant or chemical contact? Have you used lubricants and harsh soap?...  Read Full »

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