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A 38-year-old male asked:

Before & after an outbreak of herpes i've had rough leathery skin on the head of my penis. flakes and peels after masturbation. raw & red after peelin?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Not herpes: Herpes doesn't cause symptoms like this. Whether or not you actually have genital herpes, something else is causing the "leathery" appearance, flaking, and peeling. See your doctor, or preferably a dermatologist.
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