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What is the reason for a painless red patch on the penis?

Q: My husband has a red patch on his penis but the foreskin does not burn or itch. There are no sores too. Sometimes this is quite prominent; otherwise he is normal in all ways. What is this?

A:As you describe it, it seems to be an haemangioma, a birthmark. Such marks become pale when you press and rapidly become red the moment you remove pressure. They may bleed excessively if abraded. The veneral patches are usually ulcerative, are wet on surface and generally disappear with or without treatment but they come back if not treated. You can show him to skin specialist or to a urologist.

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