“Ummmm… What’s that?” are words guys don’t usually want to hear when they have just peeled off their clothing and are letting a partner get a good look at their privates. Unfortunately, sometimes a guy may have a penis rash of which he might even have been totally unaware -and which is only now being brought to his attention. A penis rash is a common penis health problem, but sometimes what is assumed to be a penis rash is actually something a little different. For example, it might turn out toi be a case of petechiae.
Pronounced “puh-TEE-kee-ee,” petechiae are tiny, round little pinpoints dots, usually reddish in appearance, that appear in clusters around the body – and may appear on the penis and/or surrounding areas as well. Although they look like a penis rash, in fact they are not; instead, they are the result of damaged superficial capillaries, resulting in either bleeding or bruising – but on a rather small scale.
Petechiae are very common and can appear just about anywhere on the body, including the penis and balls. They are flat, not lumplike or bumplike, and usually very small. They keep their color when pressed on, something some other spots do not do.
What causes petechiae
Capillaries are small links between arteries and veins. Often they are very near the skin. Sometimes, a capillary may break; when this happens, the blood inside escapes, creating petechiae, which are simply small red blood spots or, in some cases, bruising – red blood spots which appear slightly beneath the skin rather than on top of it.
But what causes the capillaries to break in the first place/ Usually some kind of unusual physical stress or straining. For example, an intense coughing fit may put stress on certain parts of the body, causing capillaries to break. Or straining to lift something very heavy could also be a cause. In the penis, it may have to do with the penis being engaged sexually in a position which puts unusual strain on it or from too much pressure being applied to the penis (perhaps through an extremely tight grip while masturbating).
There can be other causes, as well. For example, some medications may bring about petechiae, including penicillin. In addition, some infections can cause petechiae, including strep throat, mononucleosis, scarlet fever and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. In addition, there are other noninfectious medical situations which might result in an outbreak of petechiae, such as vasculitis, leukemia, vitamin K deficiency or scurvy (which comes from not getting enough vitamin C).
Petechiae is also strongly associated with ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpora), a blood condition in which platelet counts fall dramatically, leading to bleeding and petechiae.
Treating petechiae depends upon the cause; in many cases, it will resolve on its own. When an infection is the cause, treating the infection – often through use of antibiotics – is recommended. When the spots are a result of medication, discontinuing the medication n and substituting another may be the best answer. In some cases, an over-the-counter pain reliever may be recommended as well.
Petechiae is a very special kind of penis rash. For more common forms of penis rash, regular use of a firs class penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) is urged. Very often, penis rash is associated with dry penis skin, so find a crème that contains a combination of a high end emollient (such as shea butter) and a natural hydrator (such as vitamin E). This creates a moisture shield to help keep skin better hydrated. The crème should also include other ingredients to strengthen penis skin, such as alpha lipoic acid. This potent antioxidant fights free radicals that can otherwise weaken skin by causing oxidative stress.