Pinkish Red Itchy Spots on Penis

Q: My name is Chris and I am a 29 years old male. Recently I have been dealing with an itchy penis under the head of the organ. I have very light smooth pink spots on my penis head. I have been to the doctor about six months ago for a bladder infection. My doctor checked below, ran test and said it didn’t seem to be an STD or anything worse. Could it be Lichen Planus, Balantitis or Candida Albicans?
-By Chris

Reply:

There can be many reasons for an itchy penis.

Candidiasis

It may be candida. Candida, commonly called yeast, is always present over our body surfaces. During certain conditions, this fungus grows in larger amounts to give symptoms.

Conditions Leading to Fungal Growth:

  • Poor hygiene of the genital region
  • Retention of moisture and warmth lower down
  • After long courses of antibiotics
  • Poor immunity states, as after a prolonged illness
  • Post radiotherapy or chemotherapy

In such situations, the fungus gets an opportunity to grow beyond tolerable limits.

Symptoms in Yeast Infection

  • Itchiness in the groin
  • Redness on the affected area, a few small bumps may be there
  • Visible discharge
  • Even if no discharge is visible, an unpleasant smell suggestive of it may still be felt
  • Collected discharge under foreskin, check under your foreskin since you constantly feel the itch there.

Antifungal creams (like monistat) need to be applied topically. Consuming yogurt in your diet has also been proven beneficial. Also, keep the penis clean, especially under the foreskin. Avoid sex till you get cured.

Allergy

Another reason could be an allergic reaction of the skin of the area against something continuously in contact with it.

You may be allergic to a certain bath soap, your undergarment or any condom (latex allergy) being used. This allergy or irritation may be the cause of your itch. Also, such a condition may produce redness (due to inflammation) over the affected area.

Dryness

Alternatively, it may be dryness of the penis, giving you the itch and those red dots. Sometimes, when these parts are washed more often, especially using soaps, the penis gets dried.

It is recommended to clean the genitals with clear water only. Usually, no soap or gel is required. On the contrary, using too much of cleansing agents may wash away the good bacteria of the region, making it vulnerable to fungal growths.

As far as lichen planus is concerned, the possibilities are quite less. The lesion produced in this condition is somewhat whitish purple in look. They are flat-topped and shiny. Also, it is not very itchy.

Balanitis is a general term which means inflammation of the glans. It is present in any infection or allergic condition. So whether it is candidiasis or any other cause, if you see signs of inflammation or rash on the glans, you may call it balanitis.

Bacterial Infection

It may be some bacterial infection of the glans. Here also, the patient has a red, itchy penis. Foul odor is usually present.

Antibiotics like amoxicillin are to be taken orally for treatment.

Take Care,

Buddy M.D.

Medical Advice (Q&As) on “Itchy Pinkish Red Bumps on Penis

  1. john

    i noticed pink spot on the head of my penis,it itches me,i feel sharp pain on like niddle on my skin.severe headache,muscle ache,stomach upset,fatigue,chest pain at times,body aches,

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      That spot is likely to be a pimple. To may apply 1 % cortisone cream over it twice daily for two to three days.

      As for your bodily symptoms, you need to see a doctor for check up.

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  2. Yudhvir

    Red dot & Itching …7-8 dost on testis & 1-2 on penis …..& itching on whole body not all time but sometime in the day

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  3. Shawama

    I have hepatitis b, is there any drug to totally clear it out on me so ai don’t spread it or it doesn’t get to A or C because the doctor i saw said it’ll just remain in my system till i die and might not be passed to my partner .. But i can’t take chances with my partner and future kids… Please is there any total removal… Ai get weak after doing any task at all…

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  4. John Johnson

    I have dots all over my penis head. Just had sex last night. It Itches and the skin is red. Help. I washed with water.

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  5. andrew

    Hi, 19, male, I went to the beach and came back and have an itchy tip and I want it to go away please.

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          May be something touched it hard and started an allergic reaction.

          You may just apply emollient over it. It’s likely to get alright within a day or 2.

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  6. Konnor

    I have small red bumps on my penis head, more noticeable after masturbation. Itchy and theirs a lumpy discharge when I pull the foreskin back

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      You may start with anti fungal treatment right away. Clean the area with water liberally. Avoid using soaps there. This would make the skin dry.

      Now apply Canesten ointment over the affected area. Repeat three times a day, including once at night, before going to bed.

      Let us know if it improves.

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  7. sam eze

    My name is sam.First it was itching on my laps and my bom bom….and I went to see a nurse and she gave me some drugs to take,and after like a three days the itching reduced.Then after a week again,it got worse and the itching was too much with a red small bumps on my laps.when it starts I find it difficult to sleep..and after the next day I find a tiny bump on my penis…and it comes from one to about seven bumps on my penis.like four bumps on the cap of my penis…I have not engaged in any form of sex..so it something that is getting me all confused and worked up

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  8. James

    I have some pimple like spot on the head of my penis and it’s itching me and some other parts of my body also. Which drug can I take?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      What other parts are affected? Any discharge from the penis? Were you sexually active recently?

      Reply
  9. Spikie

    Hi, I just recently started itching real bad just below the tip of my penis, on the side, in one small spot. It started a couple days ago and now there’s a bump under the skin in that spot. It is not discolored at all. It is about the size of a green pea but slightly oblong.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      May be a bug bite there.

      You may use any antihistamine cream (Benadryl ointment, Anthisan etc.). Apply it thrice daily for relief.

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  10. Jack

    Hello, recently on my foreskin and around my penis, I don’t know how to call it but, there are like, red little circles. There are around 2 of them on my left ball of the penis, and 2 on the foreskin. It really itches there. When i scratch a little on these “red little circles” it hurts, like it’s flaming. You know, when a mosquito bites you and you keep scratching the one where the mosquito bit over and over again, the skin peels off, and it burns when you touch it. Please help. It’s keeping for like 3 days.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Needs to be examined for diagnosis.

      Could be Molluscum contagiosum. Read here about the conditionhttp://buddymd.com/molluscum-contagiosum-and-its-treatment

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      1. Jack

        Do I need surgery to remove them?

        Also, I forgot to add this:
        They appear with fluid and a white-ish thin skin on them, preventing the fluid coming out. The fluid looks like water. I drink water a lot too. When I remove the skin on the bump, it comes out with fluid. And then, like 3 minutes later, the bump goes dry, as the fluid disappeared. I would be very happy if you answered this too.

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          From this description, they look like blisters.

          This may be Herpes. It’s advisable to go to a doctor for diagnosis.

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  11. John

    I have itches on my groin leg parts near genital, there are many pimples on groin and leg near genital, skin around the region is cracked due to my itches.

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Start using an anti fungal powder over the affected area at the earliest. You may use candid/ Miconazole nitrate.

      Keep the area well washed and dry.

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  12. Jonathan

    Hi, 16, I have itching on the head of my penis and it has 6-7 pimples on it. And the head is also dry. And there is more scratching near the penis area from the back and the front on my legs. Can you please help me. Because I cant sleep at night. Too many scratching.

    Thank You

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Wash the area well with water. Keep it dry by wearing loose lowers.

      Start using an anti fungal powder over the affected area. You may use miconazole. If you feel any relief, continue with the powder. If not, you need to see a doctor at the earliest for diagnosis.

      Avoid scratching. An anti histaminic pill may be taken before going to bed.

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  13. Andy

    Hi ,
    I have some circles on the skin right under the head of the penis which have different color than the penis. It started with one circle but now they increased over the time. They are usually more bright than the penis color ( close to white color ).
    They turn into red and become itchy from time to time specially after sex with my wife. Then sometimes they become calm for while then again they turn into red and become itchy. I’m not sure if they are some kind of bacteria or skin color getting change ?
    There is no discharge of any kind. My wife put water based GEL a lot on the penis for hand job and do oral sex a lot also, can this be a factor?

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  14. spidey

    Hello,
    In my penis I got a red bump pimples type all over the dick in light red and there is a itching too. What should I do now??

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      May be a localized allergic reaction or yeast infection.

      Any whitish substance present over the penis, in the foreskin or other skin folds there?

      Reply
  15. Jay

    Hi i had this problem which started about 3 months ago i had these 2 spots on the head of my penis which wore pinkish ans sometimes turned darker when i would have sex went to a doctor and the game me fungal chlotromazole and cortizone 10 didnt help so i stoped using it then out of nowhere it left dont know if cuz of the cream or cuz i stopped using it r a few days later they came back but the other spots left now they came out in 3 diffrent spots 2 are small and one is like a line. Have this only on my penis head no pimples at all seen. Bump put chlotromazole and its kinda gone but the other spots havent they dont look scary but to me arent normal i been very depressed trying to figure out what it is no discharge sometimes feel a uncomfort feeling in my bladder also i get itchy balls sometimes not everyday but i had this since young i did test positive for hsv1 that i know of but i dont think thats what i have in my penis. I went to another doctor asking if it was herpes he asured me its not all my others std test came clean help

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  16. Alex

    Hi, my name’s Alex 19yrs old. I started having this red/pinkish uneven rashes on my dick as of last week and it itches a lot. Last time I was sexually active was last month. What do I do?

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Likely to be a fungal infection.

      Any discharge from the penis? Look for any whitish residues in the folds etc.

      There’s a whitish discharge associated with most fungal infestations. If you also have the discharge, antifungal regimen may be started.

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  17. HANSON

    Hi am hanson 24,i have itching,scratching and red bump blisters over my penis head and groin,its flaming/burning whenever am scratching,no discharge at all…what drugs or cream should i use. help out!

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  18. JoeM

    Could be an STD.. could be just normal irritation. It’s best to get tested to make sure. And if the tests come back negative then you just need to use a creme called Man1 Man Oil. It is a penis health creme made to treat all sorts of skin issues that are not related to an STD. Works great and is safe too. Keep it in mind;

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  19. Muneeb

    My name is sam.First it was itching on my laps and my bom bom….and I went to see a nurse and she gave me some drugs to take,and after like a three days the itching reduced.Then after a week again,it got worse and the itching was too much with a red small bumps on my laps.when it starts I find it difficult to sleep..and after the next day I find a tiny bump on my penis…and it comes from one to about seven bumps on my penis.like four bumps on the cap of my penis…I have not engaged in any form of sex..so it something that is getting me all confused and worked up
    I HAVE THE SAME CONDITION

    Reply
    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Likely to be an allergic reaction in that area. May be due to some garment, temperature fluctuations, some new food tried, any cosmetic product used there.

      What medicine did the nurse give you?

      For now, switch to cotton lower garments only. They area hypoallergen. Apply any body moisturizer (non perfumed, if possible) on the affected part to prevent dryness there. Dryness increases the itch.

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  20. Leo K

    Hello,

    I developed small red/white dots on the head of my penis and it’s little itchy. It started when I took Suhagra (substitue to viagra). There isn’t any fluid discharge, I did wash my penis head with shampoo few times though. I am outside my country. Is there any thing I can take over the counter please?

    Thanks in advance for you help.

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  21. Dave

    I have an issue where the tip of the penis is red, seems like there are small red dots in the penis gland. It is also very itchy by the penile hole. What could this be ?

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  22. John

    I have had some reddish spots around the tip on my penis for a few months now. Every now and then there will be a slight itch, but nothing too crazy. But then my left leg has begun to itch as well. Mainly along the shin line. But the spots on my penis are only on the head…none on my balls or shaft….and of course they are more visible when erect or aft ejaculation. No discharge…..any suggestions??

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    1. Buddy M.D. Post author

      Doesn’t appear to be an infection.

      Let’s rule out dryness first. You may start applying a thick emollient over the affected parts, including the shin of leg. Avoid very hot water while bathing.

      Let us know if it responds.

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  23. John

    Well, its like the head has a bunch of tiny red spots (you can mainly see them when im erect or if i pull the skin tight on the head). But its mainly just around the actual rim of the head. None on the shaft. None on my sack. I have several red spots on my left leg. Mainly around the shin area. Ive tried using cortisone cream, but it never seems to really go away..is there a specific type of cream that i should be using?? Im sorry but, since they have appeared, they’ve been kinda freaking me out.

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      1. John

        Mainly itch. No real burning sensation beyond me scratching a spot on my leg too much. But its like ill have a sharp itch here and there. But the spots on my penis head, are just kinda there. Someone had told me thwy thought it sounded like scabies…?? But like i said, they jist appeared on my penis head a few months back, and havent really gone anywhere. Nothing pimple like. Just red and spotty….

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        1. Buddy M.D. Post author

          Scabies spreads fast to the skin of the scrotal sac. Also, the itch is maximum at particular times of the day, say early morning or afternoon.

          However, you may give it a trial. Start applying anti scabies ointment over your leg and penis head directly. Let us know if it responds.

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