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Penis problems

Skin problems and inflammation of the penis are quite common. They're usually not serious, but if you have any penis problems it is important to check with your GP, or at a sexual health clinic if you prefer, to make sure they're not serious.

Andrology Australia has some good information about penis problems. It covers common skin symptoms, lumps and bumps, ulcers, priapism (an erection that won't go away), balanitis (inflammation of the head of the penis), and phimosis (a tight foreskin that won't retract). It's an Australian site, and the information about vaccination is not the same as in New Zealand. also has good information about balanitis and hypospadias (an abnormality of your urethra).

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Urology, Canterbury DHB. Page created March 2016.


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Erection problems

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