Sometimes maintaining good penis health can lead a man to confusion about whether some aspect of his penis indicates a problem or not. For example, searching through men’s health sites, one often learns that a red penis can be a sign of a problem, such as an infection. That’s definitely true, but it’s also important to remember that not every red penis achieves that coloration due to infection. In many instances, a red penis may be the result of a healthy circulation system – and that’s a good thing.

The “bad” red penis

Self-diagnosing can be tricky – which is why consulting a doctor about penis health concerns is advised. Very often when “red penis” is listed as negative, it’s referring to a redness which is fairly limited in scope. For example, when balanitis is the cause of redness (almost exclusively in uncircumcised men), it’s generally localized in the glans and top of the foreskin. In other instances, the redness may refer to a splotchy rash, which may have any number of causes, and which is generally not a consistent, even redness throughout the penis.

There can be instances when a penis is basically a deep red throughout the organ that indicates a problem – such as a penis which has received a sunburn after a day at the nude beach – but more often, when the redness affects the entire penis, it may in fact be a sign of good health.

The healthy red penis

Why is that? Because in such instances, the redness is generally occurring during an erection and is due to good circulation pumping blood throughout the penis.

As most men know, it’s blood flow to the penis that is largely responsible for the physical act of erection. (Arousal and stimulation may help to set up the circumstances for the erection, but it’s a rush of blood that actually creates the hardening of the penis.)

How much blood does the penis capture during an erection? As much as eight times the amount of blood that it uses when the organ is flaccid. That’s why it is so important to keep penile blood vessels healthy and able to expand fully, so that when the time comes, an adequate supply of blood can fill the member and make an impressive erection possible.

And it’s that entrapment of blood which causes the penis in fair-skinned men to achieve a healthy red glow. (In darker-skinned men, the hue is less often red but there is still typically some change in coloration.) Penis skin is very thin, so the presence of blood is visibly represented by a reddening of the penis.

And overall health

So a guy wants to have good penile circulation in order for his erections to be firm. But it’s also worth noting that a red penis from healthy circulation often means is a sign that a gut’s overall circulatory health is probably pretty good. (There can be exceptions.) By the same token, if erections are weak due to circulation problems, it may be a sign that a man’s overall circulatory health may be under par – and should be checked out by a doctor.

Good circulation can be indicated by a red penis – but in some cases a red penis may also come about when the organ has been rubbed raw due to overuse or unlubricated use. Applying a first rate penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can help provide relief. The best creme for this will offer a combination of moisturizers, such as a high end emollient (like shea butter) and a natural hydrating agent (like vitamin E). The moisturization helps heal rawness, and the presence of a potent antioxidant (alpha lipoic acid is an excellent one) helps strengthen the penis skin against future damage by fighting excess free radicals that weaken the skin.

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