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What Causes Penile Discoloration?

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If you notice a change in color in your penis during arousal, this is rarely a cause for concern. However, changes in color that persist even when the penis is not erect may be a sign of a more serious condition.

During arousal, you may notice the glans (head) of the penis become a darker color. This is because of increased blood flow.

However, if the skin on your penis appears to change color without arousal, or if its color has changed, and you have other accompanying symptoms, there may be an underlying medical condition that could be a cause for concern.

Penile discoloration can be caused by a number of medical conditions, and in this article, we will overview them with the goal of helping you determine the cause of your penis' change in color.

What is Penis Discoloration?

Penile discoloration is a condition where the penis changes color.

Penile discoloration is a condition where the penis changes color. The color may be lighter or darker than the surrounding skin, and it may be blotchy or uneven. The cause of penile discoloration is often unknown, but it may be due to a variety of factors including age, genetics, infection, and trauma. Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may include antibiotics, surgery, or laser therapy.

There are many different colors that the penis can be, and in many cases, it is normal for the penis to have a color that is different from the surrounding skin. However, there are some cases where the penis may change color due to a medical condition. In these cases, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the cause of the discoloration and to treat the underlying condition.

The most common cause of penile discoloration is age. As a man gets older, his skin may become lighter or darker, and the penis may also become lighter or darker. This is normal, and there is no need for treatment.

In some cases, the penis may become darker after an injury. This is known as post-traumatic hyperpigmentation, and it is a common complication of injuries to the penis. Treatment may include antibiotics if there is an infection, surgery to repair the injury or laser therapy to lighten the skin.

Another common cause of penis discoloration is a condition called lichen sclerosis. This is an autoimmune condition that causes the skin to become thin and dry, and it can affect any area of the body including the penis. Treatment may include corticosteroid cream or ointment to help to moisten the skin, and in some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damage caused by the condition.

In rare cases, penile discoloration may be due to a tumor or cancer of the penis. If you notice any changes in the color of your penis, it is important to see a doctor right away for an evaluation.

What Colors Should the Penis be?

The penis can be any shade of your natural skin color, but in most cases, it is normal for the penis to be a color that is different from the surrounding skin. In particular, the penis may be darker than the surrounding skin. This is because the penis has a thicker layer of skin than the surrounding skin, and the thicker layer of skin can make the penis darker.

You know your penis best. If your natural pigment changes for any reason other than becoming darker during arousal, there might be a problem, and you should consult a doctor.

Typically, a change in the color of the penis is nothing to worry about when temporary. But long-lasting changes in color may be a sign of a more serious underlying condition, like an infection or cancer, and should be evaluated by a doctor.

Is It Normal For Your Penis To Have A Different Color Head?

There is no medical definition for a "normal" penis color because people come in all sorts of different colors. So it's tough to say definitively whether or not a different color head on a penis is normal. However, it is generally not a cause for concern unless it is associated with other symptoms, like pain or discharge. If you are concerned about the color of your penis, it is best to consult with a doctor.

A lot of men notice that their shaft is a different color than the head of their penis. This is normal and there is no need to worry. The head of the penis is usually a slightly different color than the shaft as it’s made up of a different type of tissue, and it may also be a different color than the rest of your skin.

What Causes Penis Discoloration?

There are many different causes of penis discoloration. It can be caused by a number of different things, including:

Bruising from Injury

You'll likely know if you've injured your penis as it will be quite painful. If the injury is severe, you may also see bruising or swelling.

Bruises are caused by a collection of blood outside of the blood vessels. This can happen when there is an injury to the skin, like a cut or scrape. Bruising will usually go away on its own within a few weeks.

Color changes caused by bruises typically mean darker colors, such as black or blue, due to the presence of blood under the skin. While it is not always the case, discoloration may also be an indication that there is internal bleeding. If you are experiencing any other symptoms along with bruising, such as pain or swelling, it is best to seek medical attention. You may have a more serious injury that requires treatment.

Hematoma

A hematoma is a collection of blood outside of the blood vessels. It can form after an injury to the skin, or it may develop spontaneously without any known cause. Hematomas are usually purple or red in color and will often get bigger over time.

If you develop a hematoma, it is important to seek medical attention. Hematomas can cause serious health complications if they are not treated properly.

Peyronie's Disease

Peyronie's disease is a condition that causes the penis to become curved when it is erect. It can often lead to pain and difficulty with sexual intercourse. While the cause of Peyronie's disease is unknown, it may be associated with injuries to the penis.

Peyronie's disease can often lead to penis discoloration. The affected area may become darker or redder than the surrounding tissue. If you are experiencing any other symptoms, such as pain or difficulty with erections, it is best to seek medical attention.

Bends and curves in the penis are normal when slight. Peyronie's disease is diagnosed when the curve becomes more pronounced and leads to painful erections.

Skin Cancer

It's important to note that skin cancer does not always cause penis discoloration. However, if you have a history of skin cancer, or if you develop any new lesions on your penis that are not normal skin changes, it is best to seek medical attention.

Skin cancers can form from the cells in the skin. These tumors can grow and spread quickly if they aren't detected and treated properly. If you notice any signs of a skin cancer, such as a mole that is changing or has changed color, it is best to seek medical attention.

Sun Exposure

Exposure to the sun can cause a number of changes to the skin, including penis discoloration. The sun's ultraviolet rays can cause the skin to become more sensitive, which can lead to pigment changes.

If you are frequently exposed to the sun, it is best to use sunscreen and protective clothing when outside. You may also want to consider getting a yearly checkup from your doctor aimed at detecting any early signs of skin cancer.

Conclusion

Typically, the penis becomes a darker color during arousal, when the blood vessels in the penis become engorged. And like other parts of the body, the penis can experience bruising and swelling during physical activity or injury. Keep in mind that penis discoloration can be caused by a number of different things, and it is important to seek medical attention if you are experiencing any symptoms along with the discoloration.

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This blog post is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical or other professional advice. Your specific circumstances should be discussed with a healthcare provider. All statements of opinion represent the writers' judgement at the time of publication and are subject to change. Phoenix and its affiliates provide no express or implied endorsements of third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products, or services.

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