Faint Red Line

Published: January 31, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

There is a faint red line running down the side of my penis. Should I be freaked out

Dear Faint Red Line,

It is common for a red line to be present on the underside of the penis. It  develops during fetal developmental in the womb. The scrotum (the developmental equivalent of the labia in females) and penis close toward the midline and fuse together and can result in what looks like a line. 

It probably would be best if you went to the doctor to have this checked out especially if the red line just appeared on your penis. Knowing for sure what is going on will go a long way to relieving any anxiety you have been experiencing. Chances are it is nothing but only a doctor can confirm that for sure.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside this area contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood.

Signed: TeenHealthFX