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- Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:23 am
Hi there, sorry if this is male only territory, but my boyfriend is really worried about a cut on his penis and i said i would check out the net... anyway, theres a small cut less than a cm long, kindof under the head, he's not circumcised. We had sex (unprotected) about 4 days ago, and we had to stop halfway through as he felt a sharp pain, ever since he's not been able to touch the tip or pull the skin back without the pain. we have no idea how the cut could have turned up, but any ideas on how long it will take to heal?? he's really worried and so am i, cant help feel responsible. any help much appreciated. thanks in advance.
| Dr. Tamer Fouad
- Mon Apr 10, 2006 2:35 pm
Breaks in the skin of the penis (cracked fissures) commonly result from irritation as a result of vigorous sexual activity or if there is not enough lubrication.
Skin cracks can also result from several skin disorders.
Balanitis is an inflammation of the glans penis which usually results from an infection but can also be predisposed to by irritation. Usually the inflammation presents as distinct red spots or dots, red plaques and may affect the entire head of the penis/prepuce. At times the irritation can be so great as to include small breaks in the surface of the skin (fissures). These open wounds are often very sensitive to touch, particularly when soaps or detergents come into contact with affected skin.
Phimosis, a condition in which the patient is unable to retract the inflammed foreskin can be associated with edema and cracked fissures.
A skin disease known as lichen sclerosus et atrophicus (LSA) can also lead to cracked fissures in the penile skin. A special variant of this disorder on the penis known as balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO) is localized to the glans penis and foreskin and presents as white scarlike areas. Not only painful at times, it may result in an inability to retract the foreskin (phimosis) and sometimes leads to meatal stenosis. Fissures, erosions, and ulcers result in secondary bacterial infection, and sexual intercourse becomes impossible because of pain induced by erections.
Should the problem persist, you should consult a dermatologist that has experience in these conditions.