An itchy penis is a common problem. After a sweaty day on the job, or after using a new lubricant or shampoo on the old Johnson, a man can find himself furtively pulling at his shorts and trying to sneak in a good scratch to relieve the nagging trouser itch. A good shower and a soothing moisturizer can help in cases where personal hygiene is an issue, and most instances of penis itching are not even worth a second thought. But men who have ongoing problems with itching and irritation may need to consider the possibility that there is an underlying health issue. Some potential causes of recurring penis itching and suggestions for ongoing penis care are discussed here.
Contact dermatitis, psoriasis or eczema. Men who have sensitive skin and are prone to contact dermatitis, or those who have psoriasis or eczema elsewhere on the body, may also be plagued by recurrent itching on the penis. The itchy sensation may be accompanied by red skin, a spreading rash, or red, scaly patches that. Treatment for these issues is fairly straightforward, but the exact measures used to relieve the irritation will depend on the cause. A trip to the dermatologist can help clear up whether there is a skin allergy or autoimmune response that is causing the uncomfortable reaction.
Diabetes. Individuals with diabetes are especially susceptible to infection, and it is highly common for men who are affected to experience frequent yeast infections (a condition also referred to as thrush). Men who seem to have ongoing problems with yeast – characterized by itching, redness, burning, and/or a whitish, cheesy discharge should see their doctor, especially if other symptoms of diabetes are present. Clearing up the itching will require treating the yeast itself (usually with an antifungal cream), and addressing the diabetes will be necessary for the long term.
Sexually transmitted infection. Unfortunately, virtually every man who is sexually active is at risk for contracting an STI. Some behaviors put men at a greater risk, of course, but even those who are in monogamous, long-term relationships may be harboring infections that were contracted at some time in the past. Many of these are asymptomatic in some men, but they can also crop up in the form of itching, sores, burning, painful urination, and a white, greenish or yellow discharge. Any man with these symptoms should be screened for a possible STI; in most cases, these can be treated or at least controlled.
Soothing the itch and healing the penis
Aside from determining the source of the itch, the primary objective for most men is making it go away as quickly as possible. Treating the underlying condition is, of course, the final solution, but immediate relief is also a priority. Men who may be experiencing an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis should rinse the penile skin carefully with lukewarm water to remove any traces of the potential irritant. A cool compress can provide quick relief, as can a hydrocortisone cream. Cortisone creams should only be used with the OK of a doctor; although they are safe for short-term use in many men, some individuals may have a negative reaction, and they can damage the skin if used for an extended period of time.
Another good source of relief comes from a penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) that is enriched with healing vitamins such as A, C and E, as well as Shea butter – a natural emollient known for its skin-soothing properties. While a cream like this should not be applied to broken skin or open sores, smoothing it onto dry or irritated penile tissue can help stop the itch and promote faster healing.