What is a penile rash?

A penile rash is the presence of spots or sores on the penis and possibly on other areas of the groin or genitals. It can be accompanied by itching that may be intense, and pain or tenderness. Related symptoms may include blisters; burning or pain with urination; redness, warmth or swelling; scabbing; and scar tissue.

Penile rash can be extremely uncomfortable or awkward and may create difficulty with urination, sexual relations, and daily activities. In addition to symptoms in and around your penis, and depending on the cause, penile rash can be accompanied by generalized symptoms, such as flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches, and pains) and poor health in general.

Herpes is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause painful, blister-like sores on the penis and genitals. Human papillomavirus infection can cause genital warts, which may appear as multiple lumps or warts on the genital organs. Other causes of penile rash are similar to causes of rash elsewhere on the body and include psoriasis, dermatitis, chemical irritation, and allergic reactions. A scabies mite infestation may also be associated with multiple small bumps at the area of itching.

A penile rash is not an emergency, but it may be a sign of a disease that can be transmitted to others. Seek prompt medical care if symptoms persist or cause you concern.


What other symptoms might occur with penile rash?

Penile rash may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Genitourinary symptoms that may occur along with penile rash

Penile rash may accompany other symptoms affecting the genitourinary system including:


What causes penile rash?

Penile rash can result from a number of different causes, and evaluating other symptoms in conjunction can help identify the cause. Some sexually transmitted infections may result in bumps, blisters, or a rash on the genitals. Other causes are related to allergic reactions or irritation.

Sexually transmitted causes of penile rash

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 20, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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