'Hickey' on penis head, sensitivity and mild pain still 2+ weeks later

Apologies for the length of this (no pun intended) but I wanted to put as much detail in as possible, not just to answer my own query but hopefully to reassure someone else with the same issue in future.

I'm a young (20's) adult male.

Just under 2/half weeks ago the head of my penis (glans) was bruised almost instantly after unprotected oral sex - assuming it was too rough. The bruising appeared all around the urethra.

For the first week it remained quite purple/blue, and I struggled to move around much, took a week off work, to rest all day and application of heat helped a lot. Took pain killers and Ibuprofen. At this time I went to GP who did not seem too concerned and said would heal up within 2-3 weeks.

During the second week the purple bruising subsided mostly , but the pain intensified, especially if I tried to walk around, to describe the pain it was a sore feeling on the tip, burning, hot/warm, and usually the whole penis would ache a bit too. So I took another week off, again applying heat and hot baths in particular almost took the pain away completely whilst I was in it.

I had myself tested for STD's during the end of this second week - there are no symptoms to suggest any infections, but checking everything out to be sure and still waiting on results.

I have been urinating pretty normally (has not been hurting to pee) and have been waking up with erections (some tingling feeling afterwards) so I have been relaxed about the penis function.

Over the weekend just gone I became very active walking around a lot, and the pain almost completely subsided, there is still some redness/very light purpleness around urethra but I was feeling much better.

However in the last day or so I tried to test myself and had a very careful, brief masturbation session, which resulted in a dull ache and slight burning sensation again in penis, not as bad pain as in the first/second week but still I felt I had to sit and rest all evening, and I felt it through the night too, the worry keeping me up more than anything.

Now, about 24 hours later, the ache pain has subsided, but my penis head (glans) remains very sensitive, and it is uncomrtable when it scrapes my boxers (I also happen to not have a foreskin), and there is still a slight tingling/burning sensation down there.

Has anybody experienced the same thing here? Basically a ‘hickey’ on the penis head, and is it supposed to last this long? It’s been approx 16 days since it happened, and most stuff on the net of similar experiences show healing within a week or two at the most, so I’m worrying it’s taking too long to heal up

although I know I haven't quite waited the 3 weeks my GP advised

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Get it chopped off, it will only get you in to trouble, or stop jumping from top of the wardrobe.

Best of luck.


you're dead right , it's not worth the bother any more!

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Sounds like you have done the right thing, mostly. If Dr thinks nothing wrong then I would leave well alone for a couple more weeks. I would suggest tight underwear when you out and about to reduce movement. When home wear loose clothing to reduce rubbing. Good Luck

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Thank you it's good to hear


Any updates? I've been dealing with something similar. Small purplish dot (bruise like) under tip of penis (urethra). Quite uncomfortable stinging/burning sensation. Tested negative for STDs. Its been a few weeks and I have not seen much progress.


It's been 4 months, and unfortunately I'm afraid I'm still having some problems.

It's better than it was, bruising gone, but I still think I can detect a red outline where it was - although doctors say they can't.

No STD's here, been tested several times, even after months.

No pain in mornings, discomfort/pain build up over the day which culminates in evening, rubbing against underwear seems to set it off mostly.

To describe the pain - it's like a hypersensitive feeling at first then sore, tender, prickly, slightly hot feeling, never really itchy though. It's mild most days, worse if I am very active.

Bath's eliminate the pain for a while. Weirdly erections and sex seem to reduce/eliminate pain for a bit.

Sometimes physical interactions will set it off - as said the rubbing against clothing, but also if I point him up when in the shower the water hitting the very tip/urethra will cause a sharp shooting feeling.

Due to the length of time it has now been and also due to the particular feelings (heat, prickly, sore) I'm leaning towards a nerve ending problem, and just hoping it get's better by itself - because doctors and even urologists don't appear to be able to do anything and most just say that it's all in my head.

As for releif/self treatments, I've tried wearing tight boxers at first to stop it swinging around, but the constant feeling against tip causes irritation, so I've switched to looser stuff now which helps a bit.

I used some creams for a few weeks including cortisones i.e thrush creams and nappy rash cremes but after a week or so they appeared to irritate it much more.

I beleive vitamin supplements can help for nerve issues - but I've always been sceptical of this stuff.

Plenty of rest initially helps, warmth helps but can sometimes overheat it.

Mentally it's really frustrating just because I cannot get any diagnosis or help, so I don't know what I'm dealing with and have to end up guessing. Also I never know if I'm doing something to make it worse or worringly more permanent, I'm constantly mentally bashing myself for having sustained the injury in first place, constantly thinking about how I'm going to manage when going out of the house to places.

I could see how people could contemplate suicide with any sort of constant pain, and this is relatively mild for me - I am still able to perform daily tasks but it is THAT depressing.

My outlook for now is to just hope that another 4 months down the line I may be relatively symptom free

If anyone wants to share experience/talk more about this then I am willing, god knows I could have done with someone to talk to, especially early on


Same here, over a year. No std. just red in the top part and not healing. Anything you recommend?


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