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Penis problems

Skin problems and inflammation of the penis are quite common. They usually aren't serious, but if you have any penis problems it's important to check with your GP, or a Sexual Health Clinic.

You can get problems with the skin on the shaft of your penis, such as a rash or itching. These problems aren't usually serious, but you should get them checked.

Sores or lumps on the penis can be caused by genital warts, genital herpes or other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

A discharge (fluid) coming out of your penis usually means you have a sexually transmitted infection. Usually, you'll only need a urine (wee) test to check for an infection.

Redness and swelling around the end of your penis and foreskin can be caused by an infection (balanitis) or the foreskin being too tight (phimosis).

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page updated February 2019.

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