Permanently inflamed foreskin/glans
I wanted to ask you about a long term problem I’m having, in case some of you have had any experience with it, or simply know a lot about this sort of thing. Sorry if it’s a long read, but I wanted to include a lot of details from the get-go. I really doubt it has anything to with PE, since I hadn’t done any in a long time when it happened. Neither is it something I got from sex, since not much is going on there, either.
For at least 9 months now the inner part of my foreskin has been more red than it used to. When I pull the foreskin all the way back, I’d say the affected area covers almost 2 inches below the glans and goes all around the shaft. It also seems to affect the glans, but it’s harder to say how much, because it’s not quite ‘skin colored’ to begin with. It started with me suddenly noticing changes going on, like patchy redness, the skin being very slightly swollen and bumpy (I think), some areas becoming darker, some lighter etc. At this time it seemed to change all the time. Of course I went online, and what seemed to come up all the time was balanitis. It seemed like a very common (and vague) diagnosis, and not hard to treat, although some of the tips were kind of confusing; Wash a lot / don’t wash a lot, Wash with soap / don’t wash with soap, keep dry / don’t keep dry etc.
After a little while of upping the use of soap (mild soap designed especially for genitals) and applying a clotrimazole cream for about a week, it seemed to settle into this almost constant redness, but otherwise it looked and felt pretty normal. I also noticed smaller veins or capillaries I had never seen before, and it seems like the bigger veins have become more blue. To my non-medically trained mind, all of this makes it seem as if the skin has become thinner, and the redness/capillaries is a result of blood showing through the skin in a way it didn’t before. I also noticed that if I washed it with soap at night, it would sometimes instantly become seriously light, as if the skin reacted instantly. (Weird.) However, this would only work at night, and the next morning it would be as red as ever again.
When I went to see my doctor, he didn’t even look at it, but since I had already tried clotrimazole, he said I should try this other cream for at least 10 days that also had some steroid in it. Nothing happened other than my glans started to look a bit wrinkly, and the skin seemed to become even more irritated/sore from it, so it wasn’t too tempting to continue with it past 10 days. Then he got me an appointment with a guy who was a dermatologist and also seemed to specialize in std’s. He didn’t think it looked that bad (it was probably at its very mildest that day). He thought I could have used that cream for a little longer than 10 days, but that in its present state there was no point in doing anything special about it. He said I had balanitis, (or that I had had balanitis, not sure, to be honest.) and thought the redness was just part of the skin slowly healing. This was months ago, and there have been no sign of any slow but steady improvement. One ‘interesting’ thing is that if I get sloppy with the hygiene for a couple days for whatever reason, the redness gets more patchy and noticeable (also on the glans), and it can get a little sore and uncomfortable. Just washing well with soap again, and maybe applying that steroid cream once seems to take care of this very quickly. Clearly there’s still something there just waiting to ‘break out’ if left alone for a couple of days. Basically, it seems like I’m just holding something ‘in check’, which doesn’t make me very optimistic that this general redness thing is going away by itself if I give it enough time.
It’s mostly annoying for two reasons, one is just ‘cosmetical’, I want my dick to look like it used to, not like it’s always angry, irritated, sore etc. The other is, after a long break I really wanted to get back into PE, but things like jelqing seems like exactly the thing I shouldn’t be doing when I’m trying to get this upper shaft redness to go away. Maybe it’s harmless, but pushing a lot of blood up there on a regular basis doesn’t seem like the smartest thing to do.
Before going back to my doctor, I wanted to hear if anyone here had some thoughts on what’s going on, and what to do about it.