New Hyde Park, NY
A 38-year-old male asked:

The skin on my penis head keeps peeling after healing which exposes red raw flesh. this is the third time in three months. what's wrong?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Eleanor Host
31 years experience
Get checked: It may be a simple yeast or fungus infection. However, you can get some other diseases, including cancer that can present like that. Also, you need to make sure you don't have an std. Sometimes you can get irritation from condoms or spermicide also. See your primary care doc, or a dermatologist.
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 60 years experience
Friction?: Are you wearing tight underwear or pants? If you do you may be causing undue friction which is irritating your skin.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
What could cause skin peeling and redness on the penis?
Dr. Robert Jackson
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Several things: Psoriasis seborrheic dermatitis syphilis are a few. Please see dermatologist for correct answer.
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A male asked:
My skin on penis is peeling of (not the top of penis,its end of penis) and somewhat redness is observed,I hv a bit of itching in that area and I am worried..... Plz help...what should I do???
Dr. Ira Katz
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Get Checked: There are several conditions that can cause this, and it sounds like one called balanitis. Common causes are fungal infections, but can also be bacte... Read More
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Dr. Rifat Naghmi
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Dr Katz is absolutely right. We also very often see type 2 diabetes presenting as balanitis. Therefore, it is important to do a fasting blood sugar and a HbA1c.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
I have peeling skin on the head of my penis. It's red and itchy. What is this?
Dr. Jeffrey Hick
Dermatology 15 years experience
Could be psoriasis: This could be psoriasis or a superficial skin cancer. Get that thing checked out asap!
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A 21-year-old male asked:
My penis head is a little bit red, and the skin is peeling off. The foreskin is a bit swollen and I feel little itching in the area. Can this be from hard sexual activity or is it something else?
Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 36 years experience
It could be from sex. Tane a pause from it and use cortisone ointment to the area. If not better pl see a Urologist
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Got a handjob from sex worker 5 weeks ago. Head of penis is now dry, somewhat peeling, some red bumps, and what seems like 2 very tiny circular lesions but they dont have any depth. No pain/itch .Is it syphilis? Or other std? Had no other exposure?
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
No STD causes this sort of skin problem, and no STD is transmitted by hand-genital contact. This problem has nothing to do with the handjob a few week... Read More
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