[Question #5760] Sticky foreskin/glands

21 months ago



A random girl gave me oral sex in Asia 16 months ago. A week or so later after the encounter I started getting symptoms on my penis that were not there before. My foreskin (I’m uncircumcised) is now sticky. When I retract my foreskin, the foreskin sticks to my glands (when it use to glide). When I touch my foreskin and glands I can clearly feel the stickiness.  At least half the time when I urinate, the tip of my foreskin burns for hours. Feels like it’s the tip of my penis (urethra) that’s burning but it’s actually my foreskin because when I retract my foreskin the burning subsides.  My glands aren’t smooth like they use to be either, kind of lumpy.

There is no smell, no discharge, no smegma at all.

I have seen a few doctors about this (GP, Urologist & Dermatologist). All 3 doctors gave me STD tests and all tests came back negative. The last full STD test was 6 months after the encounter. I’ve done a urine culture multiple times (as recent as a month ago), all negative. STD testing included urine sample, blood test and urethra swab.  

Antibiotics given:

Zithromax (Azithromycin) 250mg - 4 tablets right away then a 3 week course.

Avelox (Moxifloxacin) 400mg – 3 weeks

Amoxicillin trihydrate + Potassium – 1 week

Ziquin (Levofloxacin) 500mg – 1 week

Doxycycline 100mg – 1 week

Creams given:

Protopic (tacrolimus ointment) 0.03%

Fucidin H Antibiotic cream

Terbinafine Hydrochloride 1%


None of the antibiotics or creams reduced the symptoms of the burning or the stickiness.


I keep getting told that I don’t have an STD and everything is normal. I’m starting to believe it but the symptoms are there that were not before the encounter. Coincidence?!

It’s like my body has stopped producing the natural oils (smegma?) to keep my glands naturally lubricated.

Have you come across this problem?

Any ideas on what is going on?

Could it be STD related that isn’t common at all?


Thanks for your time. Appreciate it.  

Edward W. Hook M.D.
Edward W. Hook M.D.
21 months ago
Welcome to our Forum.  I'll be glad to comment  The symptoms that you describe are not the typical symptoms of any STI.  They could be caused by a fungal infection (I see you have had some treatment for fungal infection) or from a change in the bacteria present on the  head of your penis but they are absolutely not suggestive of any STI, a statement that is apparently supported by your lack of response to the many antibiotics you have taken.  In fact, if there is a fungal infection or if the bacteria present on the head of your penis (its "microbiome") have changed, the many powerful antibiotics you have taken may be contributing to the problem.  At this point, I suspect the problem is largely one that might be best addressed by a dermatologist familiar with genital dermatology.  

I hope this information is helpful to you.  EWH