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"i have some small red dots on my penis , what could it be?"

ZocdocAnswersi have some small red dots on my penis , what could it be?


it appear since 2 weeks , its was before like 2 or 3 red dots but now they are like 10 .. i had also like dots but with purulent on my skin after shaving , and appeard on the same time , i was thinking that its connecting with each other .. should i worry about that or it recover with the time ?


There are many things that can cause bumps on the penis and the best way to identify what is going on in your case is to see your doctor. One cause of small red bumps is an infection/irritation of the hair follicles called folliculitis, which can occur after shaving. These will typically go away on their own and can be helped by applying warm wash clothes, but can also develop into an abscess that needs to be drained. Some infections will also require antibiotics and it is important to see your doctor to determine whether you have a collection that needs antibiotics or drainage. Other penile lesions can be caused by a yeast infection, a sexually transmitted disease, a drug reaction, genital warts, scabies, skin inflammation such as eczema, and, rarely, by skin cancers. You should make sure to see a doctor even sooner if you develop swelling of your penis or start to notice oozing of foul-smelling liquid, if you are unable to retract your foreskin (if you are uncircumcised), and if you have systemic symptoms including fevers, chills, joint aches, swollen or painful glands, mouth sores, sore throat, malaise or fatigue. You should go see your doctor to have the lesions examined and for further diagnostic testing and further referral if necessary.

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