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Penile rash Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Penile rash. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the penile rash?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Are there other areas of the body that are affected by a rash?

    Why: e.g. hands, scalp, anus.

  3. Known skin allergies?

    Why: e.g. soaps, laundry detergents, hygiene products, latex allergy from latex condoms.

  4. Has your penile area been exposed to any new agents lately to explain a possible contact dermatitis?

    Why: e.g. hygiene products, laundry detergents, soaps, latex condoms.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, obesity, AIDS, Sjogren's syndrome, Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, polyendocrine deficiency syndrome type 1, bone marrow transplant can predispose to penile Candida infections; erythema multiforme may follow infection with either herpes simplex or mycoplasma.

  6. Medications?

    Why: e.g. erythema multiforme may follow ingestion of certain medications including sulfonamides, phenytoin, barbiturates, penicillin and allopurinol; oral and topical corticosteroids can predispose to penile Candidiasis; some medications may induce a lichen-planus like reaction including ACE inhibitor anti-hypertensive medications, gold, streptomycin, tetracycline, chloroquine, quinine, penicillamine, chlorothiazide and chlorpropamide.

  7. Sexual history?

    Why: may help determine risk of HIV infection (which may predispose to many types of infections), genital herpes, syphilis, scabies.

  8. Travel history?

    Why: e.g. primary syphilis is rare in urban Australia but must be excluded if suspect this diagnosis, especially if there has been recent sexual contact in South East Asia; Donovanosis is endemic in northern and central Australia; Chancroid is usually only seen following sexual exposure in South East Asia, India or Africa; Lymphogranuloma venereum is usually only seen following sexual exposure in East and West Africa, India, parts of Southeast Asia, South America and the Caribbean.

  9. Penile ulcers or sores?

    Why: may suggest herpes simplex infection, primary or secondary syphilis, Behcet's syndrome, Donovanosis, Chancroid or Lymphogranuloma venereum which may all cause enlarged groin lymph nodes.

  10. Penile itch?

    Why: If associated with penile rash may suggest scabies, penile candidiasis, lichen planus.

  11. Urethral discharge?

    Why: may suggest Reiter's syndrome.

  12. Symptoms of Diabetes?

    Why: e.g. frequency of urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, fatigue, increased infections - Diabetes is a risk factor for penile candidiasis.

  13. Symptoms of scabies?

    Why: e.g. very itchy, lumpy rash, may be able to see tiny mite burrows in the skin that look like small wavy lines, also common on hands and wrists.

  14. Symptoms of Reiter's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. urethritis (painful urination with penile discharge), conjunctivitis (red painful eyes) and painful peripheral joints. Lesions on palms, soles, penis and mouth. 90% of those affected are male.

  15. Symptoms of Behcet's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. recurrent oral ulcers, recurrent penile and genital ulcers, eye inflammation, painful nodules on arms and legs.

  16. Symptoms of genital herpes?

    Why: e.g. with the first attack there is a tingling or burning feeling in the genital area, then a crop of small vesicles appear and then burst after 24 hours to leave small red painful ulcers which then form scabs and heal. The glands in the groin can become swollen and tender and the person may feel unwell and have a fever. May have difficulty or pain with passing urine. With recurrent attacks, symptoms usually become milder.

  17. Symptoms of lichen planus?

    Why: e.g. raised flat topped purple colored shiny itchy patches on the skin and milky white raised patches in the mouth. Mouth lesions may be painful if ulcers are present. Skin lesions may occur on the inside of the wrists, lower back, eyelids, shins, scalp and penis.

  18. Symptoms of psoriasis?

    Why: e.g. The characteristics of the rash depends on the site affected. The commonest form has thickening of the skin, red skin patches that enlarge and then develop a silvery scale. The commonest sites are the back of the elbows and knees and then the scalp, lower back, genitals and nails. May be associated with painful joints.

  19. Symptoms of erythema multiforme?

    Why: e.g. dull red patches with central blisters that look like targets and may affect hands, feet, face, elbow, knees, penis, vulva, lips and mouth. May also have a fever and malaise. Often follows infections with either herpes simplex or mycoplasma or taking certain medications.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Penile rash:

The following list of conditions have 'Penile rash' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Penile rash:

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