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Doctor insights on: Swollen Purple Glans

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How do you make swollen glans go down?

See a doctor: Lymph nodes need evaluation. You can't make them go down by yourself. ...Read more

Glans (Definition)

One young man referred to the glans penis as the "mushroom part" of the penis - the sensitive end of the penis. This is different than "glands" - which are parts of the body that produce hormones. Examples are the thyroid gland which puts out thyroid hormone, or the ovary which makes estrogen, progesterone, etc. ...Read more


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What are these bumps? I have bumps all over the glans of my penis some are purple and slightly raised. I can really see them if I squeeze the glans.

What are these bumps? I have bumps all over the glans of my penis some are purple and slightly raised. I can really see them if I squeeze the glans.

? Pearly pink papules: A symmetrical ring of of ting bumps around penis just under outer edge of glans penis are perfectly normal. Tend to be more prominent on a circumcised penis and can appear to be more or less prominent from time to time. They are normal. Feel free to send a photo for us to review privately and comment confidentially if you think the bumps are something else. ...Read more

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I'm a diabetic type 2 and under my arms my glans are really swollen. Is this serious?

I'm a diabetic type 2 and under my arms my glans are really swollen. Is this serious?

Hydradenitis?: Worst case scenario here would be something called "hydradenitis suppurations", which could be a significant and stubborn infection. You should be evaluated for this locally. You may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Hi there what does it mean when your penis glans are red & inflamed & painful & swollen & tight foreskin?

See remark: You must be uncircumcised. The foreskin is tight and acting as a tight rubber band on head of penis. This results in swelling, redness, possible inflammation.
The remedy : Sit in a warm tub, or dip penis in warm jar, gently try pulling foreskin forward. Sometimes you may have to use a dab of antibiotic ointment for lubrication. If feasible, see an MD, preferably a urologist.
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Was riding my exercise cycle hard this morning and now my glans penis is swollen and red no itching or rash. I am circumsized, monogamous. Trombus? N

Was riding my exercise cycle hard this morning and now my glans penis is swollen and red no itching or rash. I am circumsized, monogamous. Trombus? N

PossiblePudendal nerve: Pudendal nerve irritation on ischial spines modify activity cures it, keep it going burning itching will turn to numbness Change saddle ...Read more

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I'm sneezing a lot and now my glans are swollen also a runny nose. Is this a common cold?

I'm sneezing a lot and now my glans are swollen also a runny nose. Is this a common cold?

Possibly: Cold symptoms can include nasal congestion, runny nose, coughing, headache, sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes, mild fever, feeling tired ; watery eyes. ...Read more

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My kids have swollen glans or aka sore throat. Do I use? They hate haggling with salt and water. And I have no caffeine free tea. What do I do?

My kids have swollen glans or aka sore throat. Do I use? They hate haggling with salt and water. And I have no caffeine free tea. What do I do?

Sore throat: If gargling with warm salt water is a problem, perhaps they will sip beef or chicken bouillon, the saltiness of which is soothing to a sore throat. Honey is also soothing (caution in very young whose immune system may not yet be fully developed). Chicken soup provides warmth, saltiness, nutrition from chicken protein, decongestion. If sore throat worsens or high fever, see fp for eval & tx. ...Read more

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Area where iv was is purple, swollen, red and itchy. Should I be concerned.

Area where iv was is purple, swollen, red and itchy. Should I be concerned.

Get it checked: We don't know how long ago you had the IV. There is possibility of IV site infection which can cause swelling and discoloration. It can also e caused by IV I filtering in the underlying skin which usually gets better by itself. But it is a good idea to get it checked ...Read more

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I think I broke my pinky last night, but im not sure. Its swollen and purple and hurts to move. How do I know if its broken, sprained, jammed...Etc.?

I think I broke my pinky last night, but im not sure. Its swollen and purple and hurts to move. How do I know if its broken, sprained, jammed...Etc.?

See a doctor: Go to either your physician or an urgent care clinic and they will be able to tell - with or without x-ray. They'll probably use a device or bandage to immobilize it for some weeks. It may not really matter that you know as much as that they do and that they give you relief and as much corrective treatment as possible. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was bitten by 3-4 ants on Nov. 7, and the spot swelled up that Sunday morning and is still swollen today, it's turning pinkish purple, what do I do?

Not much: This is a toxic reaction to ant saliva and it will resolve. Perhaps applying cold compress or a dab of otc hydrocortisone will help. If redness begins enlarging or pain worsens, then an antibiotic is indicated. ...Read more

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