ZocdocAnswersDo I have herpes?

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Do I have herpes?

I have a red like rash on the shaft of my penus

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Genital herpes is not the only condition that can cause a red rash or bumps on the penis. There are a number of common reasons that you can develop your red rash that it would be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of it without a thorough physical examination and detailed history. For this reason, I recommend visiting a dermatologist for a thorough evaluation and diagnosis. What are your other symptoms, if you have any? A red rash on the penis can mean several different things. It may be the result of a skin condition, such as balanitis, psoriasis, eczema, condom-induced allergies, or dermatitis, etc. Infections from bacteria, fungus, or parasites on the skin are another common problem that frequently lead to penile rash. On the other hand, your red rash can be a normal and benign skin variation. If you have tiny bumps around the rim of the head of your penis that are not painful or itchy, it's possible that you might have pearly penile papules. They could also be small hair follicle cysts known as sebaceous cysts. While a red penis rash can be caused by something benign, it could also be a sign of something more serious. Please see your doctor if you suspect you have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease to rule out any common ones such as genital warts, syphilis and herpes. Successful treatment of serious conditions often depends on early diagnosis and treatment.

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