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If the skin on your penis is sore or irritated, you can try a combination of self-care techniques, creams and ointments to treat it yourself at home.
You can also reduce the risk of a sore penis by practicing good hygiene.
If you are concerned, or the irritation gets worse or lasts for more than 3 weeks, you should visit a doctor.
Keeping your penis clean is key to reducing soreness and redness. Follow these personal hygiene tips once a day:
There are many causes of a sore penis, which will impact the type of treatment you need.
If your symptoms are caused by inflammation from balanitis (swelling or irritation of the head and sometimes foreskin of the penis), psoriasis (redness, pain and splitting of the skin on the penis) or lichen planus (an itchy rash) you should:
Some of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have symptoms of redness and soreness, such as genital warts, genital herpes and gonorrhoea.
If you think your symptoms are caused by an STI you should see a doctor for treatment. You can help prevent a repeat occurrence by:
Speak to a pharmacist if your symptoms are mild or worrying you so they can offer the most appropriate treatment.
Visit a doctor if:
See a doctor immediately if:
The doctor may examine your penis and request some tests to rule out an STI or penile cancer.
Try not to feel embarrassed, and remember that what you tell a doctor is private.
Important: Our website provides useful information but is not a substitute for medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your doctor when making decisions about your health.