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What’s Wrong with my Penis: Part 1
Throughout the years/decades I have spent a lot of time with researching and self diagnosing all kinds of things pertaining to my penis. I have wasted my money on a few trips to the doctor or dermatologist, all freaked out, thinking I had an std but it was just something harmless and normal. I thought I would make a list of things I have researched and/or experienced as a quick guide into helping you and myself to figure out…. What in the hell is wrong with my pecker!?
Pearly Penile Papules
The best way I can describe these are like tiny little skin tags on your penis. They usually appear around the corona (the ridge of the head), but can appear anywhere on the penis in groups or even singly. And here’s the kicker, they can appear at any age and the older you get, the better the chances of developing them. I didn’t notice any until I was in my 30’s and all of the sudden there they were. Penile papules are non-infectious and totally harmless so, no treatment is required. However cosmetic treatment can be performed if they bother you and you want them removed.
Fordyce spots are an extremely common skin lesion occurring in around 80% to 95% of the total population. Fordyce spots can be commonly seen on glans penis, shaft of penis and scrotum and are usually multiple small, pinhead, painless, yellowish or whitish bumps that kind of look like a small grain of rice. Fordyce spots are non-infectious and totally harmless so, no treatment is required. Again, the older you get the more prone to developing them. Everybody has these, it just depends on how close you look.
Yep, zit on the balls was an actual trip to the dermatologist for me. It cost me $300 for them to tell me it was a zit and then poke it with a needle, squeeze the puss out, throw on a band aide, and send me on my way. They actually listed it as a surgical procedure, acne surgery or some stupid shit. I perform all my own surgery’s now.
Both ingrown hairs and zits can happen on your balls and penis just like it can on your arms, face, butt, or anywhere. Especially if you shave. I keep it pretty bare down there so have dealt with my fair share of these throughout the years. I have tried everything from popping them to prescription creams. For the most part your best bet is to simply leave it alone. Trying to pop them usually makes them worse. Keep it clean and dry. Applying a warm compress a couple times a day can help.
If you can see the hair, you can try pulling it out. If it comes out, gently squeeze any puss out, clean it up and you should be clear within a couple of days. If not, the warm compress may draw it up to the surface. Some of these can be stubborn when the hair grows sideways or down, and can hang around for awhile. Especially in areas where something is frequently rubbing against it, like your underwear or belt line. I had one on my belt line that i still had a flat dark spot after 9 months. For stubborn ones I apply an acne spot treatment twice a day. After washing and wiping with an alcohol pad first, I then apply a small amount to the spot and put on a small round or square band-aide. For the spot treatment, I look for one that have about 2-3% Salicylic Acid. I find those to work better then the ones with Benzoyl Peroxide.
Sebaceous cysts are noncancerous small bumps beneath the skin. Sebaceous cysts can appear anywhere on the skin. Slow growing and often painless, these cysts rarely cause problems or need treatment. But you may choose to have a cyst removed by a doctor if its appearance bothers you or if it’s painful, ruptured or infected. They start small, like a zit and grow to any size, but usually the size of a small pea. Often you will notice a tiny black spot in the middle of it. I had one just above my belly button that I thought was an ingrown hair at first, but it was painless and I had it for about 3 years that was the size of a small pea. The dermatologist told me to just leave it alone as long as it doesn’t bother me, or they could remove it if I wanted, but it would have cost $500. Apparently there is a sac that must come out or the cyst will just grow back. They can scoop the whole thing out or they could make an incision and drain it. Well, one day in the shower, as I was washing I ran my fingers over it and felt a little scab or something come off and a little puss oozed out. So I squeezed and drained it until it was flat. The next day it had started growing and building again so I squeezed it out again and continued to work it until nothing else would come out. Within a couple weeks it was pretty much gone and I see no trace after 4 years.
Molluscum Contagiosum are painless, small dome-shaped, pearly flesh-colored bumps with a central depression. When I see pictures it reminds me of a football stadium. MC can occur on the penis, scrotum, inner thigh or any other parts of the body. Early lesions may be confused with genital warts or herpes but unlike herpes they are painless and have distinguishing features like pearly bumps with central depression. MC is harmless and is usually self-limited which gradually resolves over several months.
HPV (Genital warts)
Genital warts are pink to skin-colored bumps commonly seen on perianal areas, penis and scrotum. They are a very common viral infection caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) which is contracted through sexual contact. Some people may never develop signs or symptoms, but most develop a lesion within 1-3 months of sexual contact. However, for some individuals it may take from several months to years for warts to appear. Initially it starts with a small, smooth or rough, flesh-colored bump and gradually increase in number and size, may be in groups, and have a cauliflower like appearance.
What’s Wrong with my Penis: Part 2
If you poked your pecker in the wrong path, it may be an STI. Here is a look at the most common ones.
Herpes simplex 1 (HSV1) is your basic cold sore, usually found on the mouth. However HSV1 is transmittable to the genitals. So be careful out there and no blowjobs when you have a cold sore people!! So if you have what looks like a cold sore on your pecker, and you remember getting this amazing, sloppy head from that girl that had that little dark spot on her lower lip. You may want to see the doc on this one.
Herpes Simpex 2 (Genital herpes/HSV2) is a common sexually transmitted infection that affects men and women. The herpes simplex virus (HSV) causes genital herpes. Sexual contact is the primary way that the virus spreads. After the initial infection, the virus lies dormant in your body and can reactivate several times a year. During an initial outbreak, you may have flu-like signs and symptoms such as swollen lymph nodes in your groin, headache, muscle aches and fever. Pain or itching can occur from 2-10 days after initial contact. Small white bumps appear that look like little water blisters. The blisters will rupture and form ulcers, then scab over and disappear. These breakouts can be very painful, especially the initial one. Valtrex can be prescribed to minimize the breakouts and symptoms, but unfortunately there is no cure for HSV. Also L-Argenine can bring on attacks. If you have HSV, you should avoid Argenine supplementation.
Syphilis is an STD that can cause long-term complications if not treated correctly. Symptoms in adults are divided into stages. These stages are primary, secondary, latent, and late syphilis.
During the first (primary) stage of syphilis, you may notice a single sore, but there may be multiple sores. The sore is the location where syphilis entered your body. The sore is usually firm, round, and painless. Because the sore is painless, it can easily go unnoticed. The sore lasts 3 to 6 weeks and heals regardless of whether or not you receive treatment. Even though the sore goes away, you must still receive treatment so your infection does not move to the secondary stage.
During the secondary stage, you may have skin rashes and/or sores in your mouth, vagina, or anus (also called mucous membrane lesions). This stage usually starts with a rash on one or more areas of your body. The rash can show up when your primary sore is healing or several weeks after the sore has healed. The rash can look like rough, red, or reddish brown spots on the palms of your hands and/or the bottoms of your feet. The rash usually won’t itch and it is sometimes so faint that you won’t notice it. Other symptoms you may have can include fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, patchy hair loss, headaches, weight loss, muscle aches, and fatigue (feeling very tired). The symptoms from this stage will go away whether or not you receive treatment. Without the right treatment, your infection will move to the latent and possibly late stages of syphilis.
The latent stage of syphilis begins when all of the symptoms you had earlier disappear. If you do not receive treatment, you can continue to have syphilis in your body for years without any signs or symptoms. Most people with untreated syphilis do not develop late stage syphilis. However, when it does happen it is very serious and would occur 10–30 years after your infection began. Symptoms of the late stage of syphilis include difficulty coordinating your muscle movements, paralysis (not able to move certain parts of your body), numbness, blindness, and dementia (mental disorder). In the late stages of syphilis, the disease damages your internal organs and can result in death.
Syphilis is curable and easily treatable with antibiotics especially when caught early. The longer you have it, the harder it can be to treat.
Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to the reproductive system especially in women. It is not easy to tell if you are infected with chlamydia since symptoms are not always apparent. But when they do occur, they are usually noticeable within one to three weeks of contact. Typically you may have painful urination, burning or itching in the urethra or opening and a clear or cloudy discharge. Chlamydia is curable and treated with antibiotics.
Lymphogranuloma venereumis is a bacterial infection caused by strains of the bacterium Chlamydia Trachomatis. Symptoms of this STI include raised bumps or ulcers on genitals and swelling of lymph glands in the genital area. LGV is often mistaken for other sexually transmitted diseases such as syphilis or genital herpes, but it’s not known how widespread it is in the United States. It is curable and treated with antibiotics.
Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can infect both men and women. It can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat. Some men with gonorrhea may have no symptoms at all. However, men who do, can have a burning sensation when urinating, painful or swollen testicles, and a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis. Gonorrhea is curable and treated with antibiotics. However there are some strains that are showing a resistance to antibiotics.
Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By damaging your immune system, HIV interferes with your body’s ability to fight the organisms that cause disease.
HIV is a sexually transmitted infection. It can also be spread by contact with infected blood or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth or breast-feeding. Without medication, it may take years before HIV weakens your immune system to the point that you have AIDS.
There’s no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there are medications that can dramatically slow the progression of the disease.
The majority of people infected by HIV develop a flu-like illness within a month or two after the virus enters the body. This illness, known as primary or acute HIV infection, may last for a few weeks. Possible signs and symptoms include:
- Muscle aches and joint pain
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph glands, mainly on the neck
Although the symptoms of primary HIV infection may be mild enough to go unnoticed, the amount of virus in the bloodstream is particularly high at this time. As a result, HIV infection spreads more efficiently during primary infection than during the next stage of infection.
What’s Wrong with my Penis: Part 3
Ok, so you have ruled out STI and benign bumps, so here are some other penile conditions physical injuries for example. Lets start with the most painful one that I have personally experienced.
Broken Penis or Penile Fracture
Yep, you read that right. Believe it or not you can “break your penis”. But since there aren’t any actual bones in your boner, it’s not quite the same injury as, say, fracturing your arm. The condition known as a penile fracture occurs when your erect penis sustains some kind of blunt force. For me it was rough sex which is the most common way to do it. She was on top in a squatting position and was bouncing away on me when she pulled up too far causing me to slip out, and when she came back down it went right between the pussy and ass or “perineum” and bent it hard. It was immediate pain and sex was off the table for that night as well as many more to come. I had a dull throbbing pain throughout my entire unit that centralized about 2″ up from the base on the right. Gradually the pain lessened and in about a month, I was pain free. I wasn’t able to get a full
erection for almost 2 weeks and when I did, I would have a little pain accompanied with it. The incident bent it permanently as well… to this day I still have a slight curve to the right. Now typically if its not too bad, this type of injury will heal on its own, but if it is severe (like if your pecker is at a 90 degree angle or something, then surgery may be necessary to repair it, and keep in mind the first 48 hours are critical for surgical treatment.
If you exercise your penis, you can get blisters from squeezing, pumping, or hanging. I have found it is best to leave them heal on their own. Don’t try to open them and squeeze the blood out, as you could be risking a serious infection. Just give it a couple days rest and let them heal on their own. You can occasionally apply a warm compress to try and help speed recovery.
Scarring, Stretchmarks and Darkening
This is probably the biggest “con” to penile exercising for enlargement. Keep in mind, healthy exercising of the penis will not cause these. These are more geared toward Penile enhancement. Stretchmarks; I have noticed these particularly on the base of my shaft. They look like several slightly darker lines that circle the shaft. Also I have noticed some spots or scars from trauma caused by squeezing, twisting and bending. Also some darkening attributed to the pump. I have been using coconut oil to lighten and even remove them all together. I just rub some into the skin once a day and have seen the small scars get lighter and smaller. The stretch marks are almost completely gone and I believe this has helped me to continue to pump and squeeze with minimal darkening of the shaft.
Basically a bent penis caused by scar tissue, called plaque, that forms inside the penis . It can make the penis to bend upward or to the side. Symptoms may develop slowly or appear overnight. When the penis is soft, you can’t see a problem. But in severe cases, the hardened plaque hampers flexibility, causing pain and forcing the penis to bend or arc when erect. In most cases, the pain eases over time, but the bend in the penis can remain a problem. Sometimes milder forms of the disease will go away by themselves without causing pain or permanent bending. Since the condition improves without treatment in some men, doctors often suggest waiting 1 to 2 years or longer before they try to correct it. If you need treatment, your doctor will consider surgery or medicine. I do not have Peyronies, however if I did, I would try massaging (jelqing) and gently bending my erect penis away from the curve in an effort to loosen things up and straighten it out slowly over time.
Here are a few that rarely effect men. We can in fact carry it but show no symptoms, and pass it on to our women. So be mindful if your girl is getting these frequently or if you have symptoms yourself. If you are still asking what’s wrong with my penis, here are the symptoms often found in men.
Urinary Track Infection
- A constant urge to urinate
- Redness, itching or a burning sensation on the penis
- Bloody, cloudy, or bad-smelling urine
- Abdominal or lower back pain
- Burning pain during urination
- Moist skin on the penis, possibly with areas of a thick, white substance collecting in skin folds
- Areas of shiny, white skin on the penis
- Redness, itching or a burning sensation on the penis
Just wanted to mention this one as it can occur in women sometimes from to much sex (especially with a new partner), especially when cumming inside her often. If the infection develops and you continue to have sex, the man can get infected himself through the urethra. I went through this once. She gets diagnosed and treated and it goes away. 2 weeks later, she has it again. Gets treated and 2 weeks later, Bamb! She has it again. Turns out we are passing it back and forth to each other. So they treat me as well as her with an antibiotic and gone. 4 years of crazy, wild sex and not another infection.
Well, hopefully I have provided a quick easy way for every man to, if not figure out, at least have a lead on, figuring out…..What’s wrong with my penis?
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