What’s up doc - dermatology

‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with The Crawley Observer, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing.

Answers are provided weekly from our specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Surrey. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then we would like to help.

This question appeared in The Crawley Observer on Wednesday 8 May 2013, to readers across Surrey and Sussex. The question and answer is below, as it appeared in the newspaper.

Read the response by Dr Noreen Cowley, consultant dermatologist:


Hi doc, I am a male, 27 years of age and in a long-term relationship. Recently I have noticed red sore itchy feeling in my genital area, and it feels like a bump is coming through? I am really concerned, but too embarrassed to see a GP. Please can you advise? What could it be? It’s never happened before? Thanks, Anonymous.


Hi reader, skin conditions can involve the genital area as well as any other part of the body. People are often embarrassed to talk to family/friends with the resulting misconception that this is uncommon which is certainly not the case is.

 There are different harmless conditions that can affect this area which can be easily treated. My advice would be to see your GP and if he is not sure what is going on he will refer you to a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment if needed.

Do you need an appointment?

 Dr Noreen Cowley, consultant
 dermatologist: offers appointments at Spire
 Gatwick Park on Friday. To book an appointment
 call 01293 778 906 or email

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