The penis tip, shaft, or foreskin (if you’re uncircumcised) may be cut, for several reasons such as having rough intercourse, masturbating too much, wearing awkward trousers or underwear, or performing physical things such as swimming, playing sports, and manual labour.
Usually, a tear is nothing to think about. It’ll heal pretty easily, like any cut. Read on to find out more about what can cause your penis to be cut, how to handle these cases, whether you can see a doctor, and how to stop penis injuries.
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What could cause a foreskin tear?
Injuries by friction
Penile tissue is thin and vulnerable to being rubbed bare from physical or sexual activity. Sometimes, it is often exposed to interaction injuries from:
- Sports, especially football, basketball, and cycling,
- Running or jogging
- Cardio activity that requires a lot of moves up and down
- Sexual interactions
The penile tissue, whether the penis is flaccid or erect, is also very loose. In your trousers or during sexual intercourse, the skin will be twisted back and forth, possibly tearing the skin.
During intercourse, the tension produced by movement inside the vagina, anus, or mouth can cause tear anywhere on your penis. The most vulnerable places, such as the frenulum, a short, thin strip of skin that links the bottom of the head of the penis or glans to the shaft, are more likely to get sliced.
Discomfort on the tip of your penis is balanitis. If you have not been circumcised, it is more common. It is usually triggered by not thoroughly washing under the skin, getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), or certain skin conditions such as eczema.
The symptoms of balanitis might include:
- Swollen glands. Swollen glands
- Itchiness: Itchiness
- During urination pain
Discomfort can be similar to a cut. And you can rip open the skin if you scratch itchy spots on your penis too much or too hard. Non – treated balanitis can also make it almost impossible for your foreskin to pull back, which is known as phimosis.
When a fungus, such as Candida albicans, develops out of balance on the skin of the penis or foreskin, a yeast infection (or thrush) occurs. It may be activated by not properly cleaning your genitals, sweating in your pelvic area, or having intercourse with someone who has an infection. You could also be more likely to experience a thrush if you have diabetes or a compromised immune system.
- White accumulation on your penis
- Irritated, shiny skin
- Itchiness: Itchiness
- Sensation of fire
Spots of discomfort may mimic a wound, as with balanitis. Your skin can be torn open by rubbing itchy areas.
Sexually-transmitted infections (STDs)
Most STDs have signals that can make the skin on your penis look like it’s cut off. All typical hallmarks of some STDs are redness, swelling, rashes, itching, and bumpy skin, including:
- genital herpes
- genital warts
- human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Your skin can be torn open by extreme rashes and inflammation. Before it causes some problems, it’s crucial to have an STD handled quickly. See the doctor if, along with a penis cut, you experience any of the following symptoms:
- pain during urination
- severe pain or swelling in your penis or testicles
- blood in your urine or abnormal discharge from your penis
- abnormal penis odour
- pain while having sex
- bumps or rashes
When am I going to see my doctor about this?
If you do have pain or swelling a week or 7 days after the cut heals, see the doctor. You will also be vulnerable to infections even though a cut appears minor.
When you notice any of the following signs, get emergency medical help:
- The wound is wide open and profusely bleeding.
- When urinating, you have problems or sense pain.
- You experience excessive discomfort that pain medication also does not help with
- Your urine contains blood and is not from the cut.
- You get discomfort or swelling, around the testicles
How do you heal a foreskin tear?
Treatment will depend on the tear’s cause.
Basic first aid for wounds should be used to treat a minor cut:
- Have your hands clean.
- To stop further bleeding, place a bandage or clean piece of cloth over the wound.
- To wash out a tear, use safe water. With soap, clean the area across the wound. Try not to get soap in the tear.
- To moisten the region around the wound, use an ointment containing antibiotics.
- To protect the wound, use a bandage or gauze dressing with surgical tape.
- Remove the wrapping or bandage once a day.
Can the foreskin tear heal itself?
Yes! Yeah of course! Bruises, scrapes, and tears will heal well on their own if you:
- Rapidly treat them
- Keep them clothed in brand new bandages
- Rinse them periodically and gently wipe them dry.
- Prevent extreme action that bumps or scrapes the penis
Is there something I’m required to do when it heals?
To make sure the tear heals easily and correctly, here’s what you can do:
- Wash the tear, clean it, and bandage it immediately.
- When the tear has almost healed, wear loose, comfortable underwear and trousers, shorts, dresses, or skirts.
- Using safe, water-based lube to make sure it doesn’t tear again until you’re about to restart sexual intercourse.
- If the damage worsens or the pain lasts for longer than a week, visit a doctor or other healthcare provider.
Is there something I shouldn’t be doing while it is healing?
To ensure that the frenulum recovers properly and completely:
- Do not indulge in sexual intercourse until the initial pain and bleeding have ceased.
- Once the tear is completely healed, don’t indulge in any rough practice.
- Do not expose the tear and open it to future contamination.
- Once the tear has healed, do not put on any condoms or similar protection.
- As this can sting or harm the tear, do not use any oil-based lube with artificial additives on your bare penis.
- Do not immerse the cut in water or soak it until it has healed completely.
A slight foreskin tear will typically be managed at home. They recover reasonably well, usually within a week or so. Unless you are having excessive bleeding, symptoms of infection, or constant discomfort, you don’t need to see a doctor.