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Something "Abnormal" About the Head of My Penis

Published: July 25, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Hello, I'm 13 years old and I've noticed something "abnormal" about the head of my penis. On the head of my penis there are grooves/lines in a circular position, it's not on all of the head of my penis, though. Just a majority of it. I'm kind of scared, they just kind of showed up there a few months ago. I can't remember seeing them when I was younger. They cause no itching or irritation. I haven't had any sexual contact so I don't think it can be an STD. Every since I was 4 or 5 years old I've had eczema around my genitals. I used lotions to get rid of the eczema, for like 7 years the eczema basically disappeared. It has come back, but as far as I can tell, only on my back and chest. I tried putting eczema cream on the head of my penis but it didn't seem to help. When I get an erection the grooves/lines seem to become less noticeable but are still there.
Signed: Something "Abnormal" About the Head of My Penis

Dear Something "Abnormal" About the Head of My Penis,

TeenHealthFX appreciates your concern and understands that you may be feeling emotionally unstable at the moment. Wrinkles on the glans of the penis are normal, as long as they are not open sores. These wrinkles tend to become more visible when the penis is not erect. FX encourages you to read further about male sexual anatomy

There are a few general actions you can take in order to decrease the likelihood of experiencing genital discomfort:

1. Waxing/shaving products can irritate one’s genital area. If you choose to remove pubic hair, FX suggests utilizing emollient wash for a more gentle option.

2. Tight clothing often causes irritation. Wear loose cotton underwear/clothing.

3. You indicated that you are not currently having sex. If/when you plan on becoming sexually active, in order to avoid transmission between partners, do not utilize topical creams/steroids (used to treat eczema) before you have sex.

Although you believe that the eczema is no longer existent in your genital area, and you are not currently experiencing any itch, TeenHealthFX suggests scheduling an appointment with your doctor. He/she will be able to examine your penis in person, and determine if further care is necessary. Your doctor will also be able to assess the cream that you utilize to treat eczema. In the meantime, before you are able to meet with your doctor, FX suggests you do not utilize cream, as self-diagnosis and self-treatment may cause more harm than good.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. A Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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