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When should you call your doctor about a rash on your penis?

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Even if you don’t think it’s something serious, a rash on your penis can affect your health in different ways. See your doctor right away if you have the following symptoms:

Go to the emergency room if you have a rash on your penis and a fever. This could signal an allergic reaction or severe infection.

  • The rash is painful
  • It’s on other parts of your body too, appears suddenly, or is spreading quickly (these are signs of an allergic reaction)
  • The rash looks like blisters, or is turning into sores
  • Your penis feels warm or swollen, or the rash crusts over
  • The rash leaks green or yellow fluid
  • A red streak appears on your penis

From: Why Do I Have a Rash on My Penis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Rash 101 in Adults: When To Seek Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Penile Disorders.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Penis-Scrotum Symptoms.”

Mayo Clinic: “Contact Dermatitis,” “Syphilis: Symptoms and Causes.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Drug Rashes,” “Yeast Infection.”

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Genital Psoriasis.”

CDC: “Scabies Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 31, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Rash 101 in Adults: When To Seek Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Penile Disorders.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Penis-Scrotum Symptoms.”

Mayo Clinic: “Contact Dermatitis,” “Syphilis: Symptoms and Causes.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Drug Rashes,” “Yeast Infection.”

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: “Genital Psoriasis.”

CDC: “Scabies Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on May 31, 2019

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