Specialist expertise: Male Genital Skin Disease, Acne, Rosacea, Skin Cancer, Vitiligo, Medical Dermatology, Adult Dermatology, General Dermatology, Dermatology, Keloid Injection, Shave Excision, Eczema, Psoriasis.
The skin on the male genitalia is a common site for skin problems but there is often delay seeking help because of embarrassment or not knowing where to get the best advice. Skin conditions on genital skin can be part of a general skin condition affecting skin elsewhere on the body (e.g. psoriasis and eczema) or be specific to genital skin (e.g. lichen sclerosus).
Inflammation of the skin on the penis and foreskin is known as balanoposthitis. This can be asymptomatic or may be associated with itching, pain, tightness of the foreskin and sexual dysfunction. The cause of a balanoposthitis is wide-ranging and can be broadly divided into inflammatory, infectious and precancerous and includes conditions such as lichen sclerosus, lichen planus, Zoon’s balanitis, psoriasis, seborrhoeic dermatitis and eczema (atopic, irritant or allergic contact), candidiasis and penile intraepithelial neoplasia (pre-cancers). Lumps and bumps on the penis can be caused by infections such as viral warts, molluscum contagiosum, herpes or scabies.