No other parts of the body are more likely to cause panic than the penis in men when it comes to skin problems no matter it is discoloration, dryness, red patch, white pimples, brown spots, small blisters, acne, or others. That’s totally understandable since these mentioned symptoms may indicate sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, as far as penis skin discoloration is concerned, this is quite normal in most cases. However, in some other cases of discolored penis skin, you need to get it checked out especially when you have a suspicion. After all, you need that confirmation no matter it is a STD or not.
In fact, discoloration on your penis happens for a few reasons and, just as mentioned above, anxiety is totally unnecessary in most of them. However, an untrained person often finds it quite challenging to tell whether it is normal or not. Next, let’s look into several most possible causes of this medical problem. Hopefully, this knowledge can relieve your worry and anxiety caused by penile discoloration.
Frequency of masturbation and intercourse
Actually, a slight skin discoloration on penis is very common no matter what race you belong to. That’s to say, the skin color of the shaft and the head of penis is more or less different from that of other part of your body. So, don’t worry and this is a natural phenomenon. In addition, in some races the darker skin there is also associated with the frequency of masturbation and intercourse. In other words, the more sex you have the more stimulation and melanin you have there.
Sequelae of inflammatory dermatoses
In this regard postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) should be blamed for the variations in penis color. In fact, PIH and melasma are considered the most common causes for that. PIH refers to the skin pigmentation after the acute or chronic inflammatory process. In general, people with darker skin often have increased risk and longer duration.
In normal skin sulfydryl can prevent the tyrosine from oxidized into melanin. When inflammation occurs, local pigments increase because part of mercapto is removed. The reason why a wound leaves a scar is because the dermal layer is damaged. So, scars won’t form if the cut is not deep enough. Similarly, penile melanosis but scar occurs when the inflammation there is eliminated earlier.
A purple mark often occurs after an injury. Penis is no exception too. A bruise can make this affected part appear dark, blue, purple, or greenish. Traumatic injury to the penis can be caused by engaging in too vigorous sexual activity or others. As a result, bruise occurs on the glans penis due to the contusion and a small amount of bleeding. If the bruise on genital area doesn’t expand, it means the bleeding has stopped. As long as you don’t have sex for a while, the bruise will go away on its own. Therefore, you don’t need to go to the hospital. Sometimes, you can take some antibiotics to prevent the infection in the affected area.
Besides bruising, hematoma by penile injury is another factor that leads to discolored penis skin. A hematoma is the result of the blood outside of blood vessels, usually capillaries. It is characterized by red or dark red patches that are about 3 to 5 mm in diameter or larger. Similarly, in mild cases this discoloration will fade over time.
Vitiligo on penis
Penile vitiligo can cause white patches or discoloration on the penis. It often occurs on the foreskin and is characterized by scattered spots. But sometimes it spreads to the entire foreskin and the glans, appearing green white on surface. Part of it shows hypertrophic sclerosis while the other part resembles stiff leather. In addition, it also features the uneven size of the white patches, no pain, no itch, smooth surface, no skin rashes, and darker skin around the affected area.
Penile cancer is rare in US. However, this is a severe disease that needs special attention since general physicians and urologists are lack of related experience to correctly diagnose it. The symptoms of early stage of penile cancer include discoloration, irritation, sore, ulcer, or erosion on the foreskin. If these mentioned symptoms keep getting back even though the topical antifungal or antifungal creams have been applied for long enough, it indicates that it might be a malignant tumor. In this case, biopsy is recommended. In other words, some tissue at affected area should be cut and examined under a microscope. Once penile cancer is confirmed, an early therapeutic intervention means a lot to the patients. So, an early diagnosis is very vital here.