You're right Vik, I wasn't paying attention to notice it was you. Sorry. I could imagine that a repeated injury like tearing that webbing, even over-stretching that webbing across a span of time (which is still injuring it) could lead to chronic inflammation in the area and a rather unsettled nerve response.
Most likely the connective tissue would be irritating the fascia. The lymphatic inflammation could be an unfortunate simultaneous problem, further amplifying the irritation. And since the lymph system was helping deal with the repeated small injuries of the webbing, when the lymph channels were compromised in function, this could amplify the discomfort and slow down the healing.
I really wish I had some magic answer for you.
Like a chronic low grade infection distorts the function of your whole immune system. A chronic physical stress, especially in such a tender area, could certainly result in an amplified negative physical response, disproportionate to what you might otherwise expect. Added to the uniqueness of the structures were discussing, no wonder it's such a puzzle and a pain.View Thread
If you are having the bleeding symptoms you need to urgently see a urologist. I hope you already did this two days ago when you posted your message. This is not something for self-diagnosis. This is urgently requiring medical attention. Bleeding is not normal and you should not just wait to see if the situation improves.View Thread
Referring back to my earlier opinion, your flare ups could be related to a recurring skin infection that becomes obvious when for some other reason your immune system is compromised. This could be lack of sleep, fighting off some other germ, or some physical stress of another kind. It could even be related to a low-grade allergic response which acts up with long exposure, not so much acute exposure.
It does sound like your skin continues to be sensitive for some reason. And if the bath soap was that much of an issue, your laundry soap could be another culprit.
Please do get a same-day appointment with your dermatologist who seemed so much more helpful. They understand the importance of seeing something while its active to make a good diagnosis.
There are no urologists monitoring this WebMD Exchange. Call the doctor who treated your son's UTI. A penis injury will not cause VUR. VUR is an anatomical abnormality typically noticed with the first UTI a child has. There are dysfunctional voiding clinics that can offer treatment options, and your pediatric urologist can surely make more useful recommendations than WebMD.
The VUR is probably the cause of the original UTI. Until this condition is corrected, you may want to include cranberry juice on a daily basis as a measure to reduce risk of another UTI. Failing that, the pediatric urologist may suggest a daily low-dose antibiotic, although the trend is away from this treatment for many reasons.
You really need to have a much longer conversation about VUR and treatment for your son with the pediatric urologist. This is something that will require daily attention until your son has proper care and treatment to address the anatomical issue.View Thread
The symptoms you describe sound like an infection. Men don't get UTIs unless one of three things happens: 1) you stick something in your urethra 2) you are incontinent and stay in soiled underwear 3) you have a physical abnormality (which you would probably have known about since you were an infant)
STI's are not uncommon, and even with protection like a condom you are only protected maybe 97% of the time. Other systemic infections can cause symptoms in your whole body, including painful urination, that may not be STI's.
Unfortunately you did not go see a doctor when you first had the symptoms. You certainly should see one now. Do not take an antibiotic unless you actually have some kind of infection. And then you may not be able to take it on an empty stomach. Make your doctor aware of any restrictions you have with fasting.
Yes, it is very serious and you need to visit the doctor today.View Thread
Yes, it is not difficult to tear some of the soft connective tissue in your penis. It's very unlikely you tore the urethra with this handling, however there are plenty of other ways such rough handling could cause an injury. The solution requires that you MUST stop all sexual contact until at least a week until after your penis has completely healed. This may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the injury.
Your penis is a delicate organ and while you might like to play rough, you and your partner still need to respect the physical limits of what your penis is meant to endure. A much better understanding of how the anatomy works will help you avoid future injuries. If you're not noticing any improvement in the situation, you should certainly see a urologist promptly, as sometimes injuries can only be remedied early on.View Thread
My last advice to you was to discuss your specific questions with a urologist. Nothing online is an authoritative substitute for actual medical care. And all information obtained online needs to be assessed to determine its truth and value. Just because someone says something, me included, does not make it true. WebMD is only a starting point for health information. It is not the final answer.
To address some of the specifics of your new comments:
Topical antibiotics, topical steroid creams, and many other topical over-the-counter medications are intended for specific uses. Topical antibiotics like neosporin is not "safe" for genital use because it is likely to cause temporary sterility. While that may not be a concern for everyone, it is a safety issue. If your DOCTOR directs you to use a specific treatment, they do so knowing the risks, and have determined that the risks are outweighed by the benefits. That is not a determination for a layperson to make. The manufacturers of neosporin ointment are the ones who indicate it is unsafe for extensive use (extended duration or non-minor injury) and the consequences thereof. The specific risks are not on the label because it's governed by the instructions for use being temporary and for minor injuries. Use beyond the directions given exceeds the obligation of the manufacturer to say what happens if you overdose or use inappropriately. It's similar to Tylenol being labeled "do not exceed recommended dosage" and they don't have to say "if you take too many you will be poisoned and may die."
I was not dismissive of your trauma. Only the doctor who examined you could determine the extent of damage cause by repeated trauma. And if it has lead to Peyronie's then that is a diagnosis only a urologist is going to make. You did not say you had been diagnosed with that condition, only that you prospectively were seeking a preventive measure IF this were the case.
No, I am not a doctor. I have never claimed to be a physician. I am the WebMD Ambassador for the urology forum, meaning I am a layperson who has taken over the primary answer function for this WebMD Exchange with the support of WebMD. I do not work for WebMD. WebMD does not monitor the Urology forum or provide a doctor to answer questions here, and instead they have an ambassador from the public as they do in many other forums.
You're of course ALWAYS encouraged to see a urologist and to seek another opinion if your urologist is not providing satisfactory answers. I'm not here to make people feel better. WebMD is not for actual medical advice. It's generally a first-aid reference to help people find the right medical resources, to be a hub for useful information, and to direct people to actual medical care when needed. It is not a support group.
It doesn't matter whether people take my advice or not. Seeking actual care from an actual doctor is self directed and no one here can make someone else do it, or make someone believe what this layman's forum says. With the exception of Vik, if I were not answering posts here, most of the urology Exchange would be silent. So, that's the limited value I provide. If you don't like this format, you can always seek actual medical care. If what I post in reply to questions and comments on the urology Exchange helps get someone to a doctor's office for treatment, then that's the best outcome. The biggest issue with urology questions is that most men are too embarrassed to discuss such problems with a doctor and end up suffering needlessly, and a frank and anonymous forum like this helps some men get real care, or at least gain confidence enough to stop suffering alone.View Thread