I have itchy red bumps on the head of my penis. What to do?

Q. How do I treat the itchy, red bumps on my penis?

Answered by
Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 31, 2022 and last reviewed on: Sep 20, 2023

Hi doctor,

I have developed red itchy bumps on the head of my penis. It does not burn, but there is a mild itching sensation. Kindly suggest me a solution.



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As per the history provided, it may be candida balanitis. It is a fungal yeast infection on the head of the penis due to the persistence of moisture and using stronger soaps or chemicals. It can sometimes occur due to the presence of infection under the foreskin, and due to sexual intimacy with an infected partner. It may cause itching, red bumps or sores, foul-smelling discharge, and inflammation of the head of the penis. Therefore, I suggest you to follow the instructions below for a few weeks. Apply Miconazole cream (antifungal) twice daily on the affected area, once in the morning and once at night daily for eight weeks. Take Fluconazole 150 mg (antifungal medication), one tablet as a single dose, and take one pill after two weeks. Consume the tablets at night after dinner. Keep the affected area open for air circulation, free of moisture. Avoid wearing tight clothes and keep the area dry. Refrain from using harsh soaps to clean the affected area. Instead, use diluted salt water to clean the affected area once daily. In the case of an infected partner, please make sure your partner is treated to avoid the recurrence of the condition in the future. Kindly consult a specialist, talk to them and take the medications with their consent. It may take a few weeks to up to three months for the lesions to fade completely. I hope this has helped you.

Hi doctor,

Thank you for your reply. However, I have a few questions. Which Miconazole cream should I get? Is there a particular name? Would it be safe to apply on the head of the penis? Kindly advice.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Daktarin gel (Miconazole) can be used. Or any brand that contains Miconazole in a gel or a cream form can be used. The same applies to Fluconazole (antifungal medication) tablets as well. And, yes, it is safe to apply on the head of the penis, and it is the treatment of choice for this condition. Kindly consult with a specialist, talk to them and take the medications with their consent. Take care.

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