Mononucleosis can cause a penis rash

It is known as the kissing disease and is thought to be something that occurs mainly in teenagers. But mononucleosis can affect people of any age, creating fatigue that can sometimes be debilitating. Indirectly, mononucleosis can be a penile health problem because fatigue, which is its hallmark, can seriously slow down a man’s enthusiasm for sex. But in some cases, a man with mononucleosis may also develop another penile health problem, namely a rash on the penis.

Other name

Sometimes called Epstein-Barr virus (or sometimes Epstein-Barr syndrome), mononucleosis (called mono for short) is caused by a virus. Mononucleosis is popularly known as being transmitted through kissing (because it travels well in saliva), but in fact it can also be transmitted in other ways: by sneezing, coughing, drinking from the same glass as an infected person, or sharing food (or utensils) with a person who has the condition.

So mononucleosis is a virus, but what else should a person know about it? First, most people are exposed to the virus at some point and most do not know it. This asymptomatic exposure tends to give them immunity. However, about 25% of people exposed to the virus develop mononucleosis. And again, while most of these people are young children, teens, or young adults, it is possible for a person of any age to develop infectious mononucleosis.


As noted above, when a person contracts mononucleosis, the symptom most commonly associated with it is fatigue, often extreme fatigue. The amount of fatigue can vary greatly from person to person (and vary greatly from moment to moment in any person), but it is often extreme and even debilitating, requiring a lot of time in bed, resting and sleeping.

Beyond fatigue, symptoms often include aches, sore throat, fever, swollen glands, swollen spleen or liver, and a rash on the body, which can and often includes a rash on the penis.

It is rare for the mononucleosis rash to be strictly isolated as a rash on the penis and more often covers large swaths of the body, sometimes the entire upper torso, for example.

Ironically, the rash is not necessarily directly related to mononucleosis; rather, it tends to occur when a person taking penicillin develops mononucleosis. The combination of the two creates the rash, which is usually flat patches and small red dots. Sometimes they appear as bumps, other times strictly flat; in some cases, they can develop as sores. They can often itch, which can be quite uncomfortable when it comes to a rash on the penis.


Mononucleosis often goes away on its own, although it may take several weeks. Bed rest is recommended, as well as eating a healthy diet and making sure you drink plenty of fluids.

When a rash appears, as indicated, it is often in response to penicillin use, so it is recommended to discontinue the medication. The penis rash (or rash on another part of the body) will usually disappear within a few days of stopping the medication. However, the rash can still be bothersome during those days, so the skin must be kept adequately moist. Sometimes calamine lotion helps decrease the urge to scratch. It is also suggested to wear comfortable clothing that does not irritate the skin.

Mononucleosis penile rash can be a nuisance, so help keep its effects minimized by applying a first-class penis health oil daily. (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil , which is clinically proven to be gentle and safe for the skin). The oil will help keep skin hydrated if it contains both a high-quality emollient (like shea butter) and a natural moisturizer (like vitamin E). The delicate skin of the penis will also be strengthened if the oil contains a powerful antioxidant, such as alpha lipoic acid.

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