Friction burn on penis: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

 Friction burn on penis: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

A friction burn on penis occurs due to the rubbing of skin against any object.

Friction burn is a painful condition. Most commonly, it happens in roadside accidents. It can result in scraped skin along with redness and intense pain. If not correctly medicated, it can result in infections and inflammations.

Burn on sensitive skin can be extremely painful as the penis is an exposed portion of the body, so any burn of the penis can be excruciating. Hence, proper care is essential to avoid this burn.

Friction burns occur on the penis due to the hard rubbing. Rubbing your penis hard either during sex or masturbation can result in friction burns on the skin.

It can also occur due to tight clothing or drying your skin with a towel after a bath. Hard rubbing can create heat, and it can also scrape your skin off of your penis. It can produce intense pain and a burning sensation in your penis. It will turn your penis red due to friction, causing discomfort and severe pain.

Any irritation or pain in the penis can be very unpleasant for the sufferer. Pain and redness are also common in sexually transmitted diseases. The patient can be worried about a severe illness. So, one should be able to differentiate a friction burn from a sexually transmitted disease.

How to identify a friction burn on penis?

A friction burn on penis typically looks like scraped skin. It makes your skin look red, swollen, and inflamed. If we do not give proper care, it can result in severe complications like balanitis.

The condition in which the tip of the penis gets involved is called balanitis, which occurs when you vigorously rub your penis. Balanitis can also result in symptoms like skin tightening, discharge from the penis, and intense itching. It can also result in an unpleasant odor of the penis. Causes of balanitis are as follows:

  • Uncircumscribed males.
  • Damp conditions of the penis.
  • Poor hygiene of the penis.
  • Epidemics like yeast infection of the penis or diabetes.
  • Moist penis can result in viral or fungal infections causing balanitis.

Pain and redness occurring during friction burns of penis can also happen in some sexually transmitted infections that include:

  • Chlamydial infection.
  • Syphilis.
  • Genital herpes.
  • Gonorrhoea.

But in the case of sexually transmitted infections, you can also have symptoms of:

  • Yellow, green, or watery discharge from the penis.
  • Burning sensation while ejaculating.
  • Painful testicles.
  • Itching inside the penis.
  • Sores in your mouth or on your penis.

Symptoms of friction burn on penis

  • Red and swollen skin.
  • A burning sensation on the skin of the penis.
  • Pain in the affected area.
  • Complications if not adequately treated.

What are the causes of friction burns on penis?

Friction burns mainly occur due to vigorous rubbing of the skin. In this condition, the top layer of the skin scrapes off, causing inflammation, which is extremely painful. If you vigorously rub your penis, it can result in friction burns on the penis. Most commonly, it occurs due to intense sexual intercourse during an enthusiastic session. It could also be from rubbing your penis during vigorous masturbation. Possible causes[1] of friction burn on penis are as follows:

  • Wearing tight clothing, mainly tight undergarments, which can rub the penis during exercise.
  • Drying your penis vigorously with a towel after bath.
  • Enthusiastic sexual intercourse.
  • Masturbation.
  • The burns due to vigorous sexual activity or masturbation occur in people who do not use any lubricant during sexual activity.

Medical conditions that can be confused with friction burns on penis

Following medical conditions can be confused with friction burns on penis:

Phimosis

The foreskin of your penis can trap bacteria or any dead skin cells below it, resulting in inflammations of the skin. This inflammation, if present chronically, can lead to narrowing of the skin. It can also make your skin thick. It commonly occurs with increasing age. A person with this condition can result in cracking of the foreskin of the penis. It can cause pain during sex and can also result in infection of the penis.

As compared to friction burns on penis, phimosis is a chronic condition and is of gradual onset. We can use steroid ointment for inflamed skin. Oral steroids are also helpful. We can perform circumcision to eliminate infection of the foreskin of the penis.

Balanitis

The condition in which the tip of the penis gets involved is called balanitis, which occurs when you vigorously rub your penis. Balanitis can also result in symptoms like skin tightening, discharge from the penis, and intense itching. It can also result in an unpleasant odor of the penis. Causes of balanitis are:

  • Uncircumscribed males.
  • Damp conditions of the penis.
  • Poor hygiene of the penis.
  • Epidemics like yeast infection of the penis. Or diabetes.
  • Moist penis can result in viral or fungal infections causing balanitis.

Oral and systemic steroids are helpful to treat balanitis, and we can perform circumcision to prevent smegma collection under the foreskin.

Genital herpes

It is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the herpes simplex virus that can result in reddish, painful blisters on the skin of the penis. Compared to friction burn, in which a continuous skin area is involved in genital herpes, the skin between the blisters is normal. Treatment of genital herpes includes antiviral medications like acyclovir and gancyclovir. These medications also prevent the recurrence of this disease. But it does not cure herpes virus infection.

Latex Allergy

Latex allergies mainly occur due to condoms. The penis are itchy and uncomfortable. Sometimes this condition is also associated with difficulty in breathing and wheezing. Topical and oral steroids are helpful to treat the itching and redness of latex allergy. However, prevention is the best medicine. Precautions include using condoms of the best quality made of polyurethane or lambskin. If allergy persists, then use a different form of contraception.

how to prevent friction burn on penis

Treatment of friction burn on penis

The primary treatment of friction burn is rest. A minor can heal within a week with proper rest. Other treatment modalities[2] include:

  • Apply moisturizer, any ointment, petroleum jelly to the area of burn according to need.
  • Do not allow the skin of the penis to get in contact with any hard object.
  • Wear loose clothes and loose undergarments. Clothes should be of soft fabric. Don’t wear any cloth causing increased irritation of the penis due to rubbing.
  • Visit your doctor in case of any discharge from the penis. It occurs due to an infection of the penis and requires antibiotics for it to heal.
  • Also, avoid sexual activity until pain and redness heal.
  • Avoid masturbation until the burn heals.
  • Friction burns can make you an easy target for sexually transmitted diseases so, avoid unprotected sex during the healing period.

If you start the sexual activity without waiting for the burn to heal, it can worsen the condition.

How to avoid friction burn on penis?

As friction burn is a painful condition and can result in painful sex and urination, one should avoid this condition through proper care. To prevent friction burns following precautions should be taken:

  • Be gentle while masturbating. Any vigorous rubbing that causes pain in the penis should be immediately stopped to prevent friction burn.
  • Avoid enthusiastic and vigorous sexual intercourse.
  • Use lubrication during sex and masturbation.
  • Use lubricated condoms during intercourse to prevent friction associated with rubbing.
  • Avoid oil-based lubes as these can cause the condom to break.
  • A latex or polyurethane condom is helpful to prevent sexually transmitted infections. However, latex condoms do not break easily, so they prevent sexually transmitted diseases. But it can also cause latex allergy, so in case of any redness and itching with the use of a condom, you should stop, and treatment with steroids should start.
  • Maintain the hygiene of your penis. Wash your penis with water and soap. If the foreskin of your penis is intact, then retract it and wash underneath it to prevent phimosis. Also, maintain the hygiene of the base of your penis.
  • If a white or viscous substance is present under your foreskin, get it checked by your doctor because smegma can result in an infection of the penis called balanitis.
  • Do not rub your penis hard with a towel after bath to avoid friction burn on the penis.
  • If you are a diabetic patient, take prescribed medications to prevent yeast infections of the penis that can irritate the penis.
  • Keep your genitals dry by gently drying them with a towel.
  • If you are uncircumcised, make sure to prevent smegma collection under the foreskin of the penis.

When to see a doctor?

A friction burn on penis can be managed at home with rest, avoiding sexual activity, wearing loose clothes, and applying lubricating gels. But if the condition gets severe, it is best to see your doctor to prevent further complications.

You should see your doctor if you have any of these symptoms[3]:

  • Yellow or greenish color discharge from the penis is a symptom of a sexually transmitted infection, and you should go to your doctor immediately to get proper medical attention.
  • Pain or burning in your penis during urination.
  • Pain in your penis during sex and ejaculation.
  • If you have any blisters or rashes on your penis.
  • In case of warts on the penis.
  • Collection of pus under your foreskin.
  • Red, painful, and tender penis.
  • In case you have pain in the head of your penis and a fluid collection under your foreskin. It is suspected to be balanitis, and you should seek medical attention immediately.

Takeaway message

Frictions burn on penis is a severe condition and can result in discomfort of the penis. It can also cause scraping of the skin of the penis. The best strategy to treat this condition at home or the hospital is to rest and avoid rubbing your penis. The skin of the penis will also look red and tender. If the burn is not severe, you can treat it at home with rest, avoiding sexual activity, and using lubricant gels.

However, you should immediately see your doctor prevent balanitis in case of infections due to friction burn.

Any sore can heal on its while in case of any discharge, do not hesitate to seek medical advice to prevent infections.

It is best to constantly take care of your penis during sexual intercourse and masturbation to avoid burns. Use lubricants and pre-lubricated condoms can prevent burns as well as sexually transmitted infections.

Bedroom injury is no fun, and one should seek medical attention immediately. Timely medical intervention can treat your condition without any serious complications. If you are hesitating to seek medical advice, you should use home remedies to treat your disease. But if your symptoms persist, it is essential to get them checked by the doctor to prevent complications.

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