Penis-Scrotum Symptoms

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Should I Call?

Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If

  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • Scrotum is painful or swollen
  • Scrotum changes to a blue or red color
  • Foreskin pulled back and stuck (child not circumcised)
  • Can't pass urine or can only pass a few drops
  • Severe pain
  • Pain or burning with passing urine with fever
  • Red rash or red foreskin with fever
  • You think your child needs to be seen urgently

Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm) If

  • You think your child needs to be seen, but not urgently
  • Pus or bloody discharge from end of penis
  • Pus from end of foreskin (child not circumcised)
  • Swollen foreskin (child not circumcised)
  • Pain or burning with passing urine (without fever)
  • Rash is painful
  • Rash has tiny water blisters
  • Looks infected (such as draining sore, spreading redness) without fever
  • You are worried about a sexually transmitted disease (STD)

Call Your Doctor During Weekday Office Hours If

  • You have other questions or concerns
  • Itching lasts more than 3 days
  • Small lump or warts
  • All other penis or scrotum symptoms. (Exceptions: mild rash for less than 3 days, smegma or foreskin retraction questions)

Parent Care at Home If

  • Mild rash or itching of penis or scrotum present less than 3 days
  • Purple head of the penis and healthy child. (Reason: This is a normal color.)
  • Foreskin retraction, questions about
  • Smegma (whitish material) under the foreskin, questions about


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