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A 35-year-old member asked:

My son is 3 and is circumcised but this evening while potty i noticed his penis is red and swollen. what could be the cause?

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Dr. Chad Rudnick
Pediatrics 12 years experience
Few possibilities: Inflammation of the penis can be related to conditions such as balanitis (swelling of the head of the penis) balanoposthitis (inflammation of foreskin and head of penis in uncircumcised males). It also can be due to urethral irritation or infection. Redness and/or swelling of the penis needs examination. Further evaluation by a physician is needed.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Good day. I think my two year old son has a slight infection of his penis. The tip is a little red and he is complaining of a bit of pain. He is not circumcised. I have used some salt water to wash it. Wanted to know if I should use any ointment.?
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Last updated Aug 2, 2015

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