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Weird rash on penis

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I am having weird rashes on my penis. I would like to know if this looks like Herpes or if it could be something else.

I already have HSV1 and rarely suffer from cold sores on my mouth. No prior outbreak on my penis. Also haven't engaged in sex for months... briefly received oral sex about 2 weeks ago. I have been taking valtrex, 2grams per day since I noticed the first but another appeared.

I noticed the detergent I've been using was just changed a week ago. Not sure what this is. Please help.

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Expert:  Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar replied 4 Days.


Thanks for posting your query.

I can understand your concern.

This doesn't seem to be genital herpes, it's an irritant contact dermatitis, it could be due to a condom if you used one two weeks ago or it could be due to any applications of creams etc.

I would recommend application of neosporin and cortisone cream twice a day for two weeks.

That will resolve the irritation. If you have taken valtrex for a week, you can discontinue it now. If not, then a total of a week's course can be completed.

Please let me know if you have any queries.

Take care

Patient replied :

Thanks for your answer. I haven't used any condom or anything... is there any medication I can also go on to get rid of this?

Why do you think it is not Herpes? I am sorry but I am just very very worried and scared. There is another patch of skin that just came up and it is very dry but not an ulcer.


Expert:  Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar replied 3 Days.


Thanks for your reply.

I can understand your concern.

In herpes there is a cluster of fluid filled blisters. However, in your case there are no such lesions. Hence it doesn't seem to be herpes.

The application of cortisone and neosporin cream twice a day for two weeks will help in resolving your concern.

Please let me know if you have any queries.

Take care

Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar
Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
Diploma in Dermatology - Royal College Of Physicians & Surgeons Of Glasgow, UK , 2010
Residency - DNB, Dermatology -  K.J Somaiya Hospital, Mumbai, 2009
Medical School & Internship - MBBS - Dr. D . Y . Patil Medical College, Mumbai, 2004
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