Itching on the penis can be due to several reasons that can be infectious, non-infectious or just simply a hygiene problem. Although there are hundred reasons to itch down there, from tight undergarments to allergy to your detergent/soaps to eczema or fungal/bacterial/yeast infection, scabies, and the list goes on, but infections that are sexually transmitted are primarily causes of concern for most individuals. However, whatever the cause of itchy penis, it is always wise to seek medical attention instead of trying to treat the problem with over-the-counter creams that you see online. In this article we’ll try to include most common causes of itchy penis.
In most cases, itching of the penis can be due to irritation. Irritation can happen from using new laundry detergent, soaps, bubble baths, urine, latex condoms, minor injuries to penis, or even dry masturbation. Failure to properly rinse soap off while bathing can also cause itchy penis.
Uncircumcised individuals may accumulate white cheesy thing under the foreskin called smegma. This can sometime become infected and cause irritation and itching. Just a gentle regular wash can get rid of smegma.
If your penis is inflamed and very itchy, you could have fungal infection. If it is associated with cracks and fissures it may also indicated diabetes, so get your blood sugar tested. Fungal infection can be cured with antifungal medications.
Genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus and are sexually transmitted. They are usually rough skin color to dark colored bumps on the glans and the shaft of penis. They are not always itchy but sometimes does itch.
Itchy Penis after Sex
Partner to Blame
Have you ever encounter redness and itching on the penis right after every sex and usually disappear within a day or 2; this may suggest that your partner might have fungal infection. This happens due to allergic reaction to fungal infection inside your partner’s vagina. The simple solution is to get her treated along with you.
Spermicides and Condoms
Use of spermicide and condoms during sex may give rise to contact dermatitis in the male partner. This may be associated with redness and itching of glans penis.
Trichomoniasis is one of the most common sexually transmitted disease that is totally curable. Men with trichomoniasis may feel itching or irritation inside the penis, burning after urination or ejaculation, or some discharge from the penis. However, almost 70% of infected individuals do not show any signs or symptoms. Good thing is that a single dose of oral antibiotics (metronidazole, tinidazole) can cure the disease.
Molluscum contagiosum are skin colored bumps on penis shaft that are usually sexually transmitted and can be irritating and itchy.
When you see group of fluid filled blisters that are itchy and burning, that’s genital herpes. Genital herpes is caused by herpes simplex type-1 (HSV-1) and type-2 (HSV-2) and is sexually transmitted. Genital herpes is associated with burning sensation and pain in addition to itching.
Scabies can cause severe itching on penis, scrotum and the buttocks especially during nights. Other areas like the umbilicus, armpits and finger web spaces are also affected. Few itchy bumps may be noticed on the penis and scrotum. Scabies can be transmitted within family members easily, so treating whole members is the best option for complete cure.
Other conditions that can sometimes be associated with mild to severe itching are listed below:
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