Experiencing an itching sensation in the genital region, primarily on the penis, is symptomatic of a patient having an “itchy penis.” Although some symptoms of itchy penis are easily treated, other symptoms may necessitate contacting a general practitioner to get advice on how to treat the underlying cause.
Major causes of an itchy penis include:
Infection- A number of bacterial and fungal infections can affect the genital region and result in itching and discomfort. The most common are: Ring Worm, a fungal infection that grows in warm, damp conditions and Jock Itch ( tinea cruris ) which is often occurs in warm, damp areas that foster bacterial growth. Both infections (ring worm and jock itch) are often the result of poor hygiene. As an aside note: Athlete’s foot is a similar type of fungal infection.
Symptoms – Symptoms of these types of infections may include discoloration, itching, rash and general discomfort. Ringworm often appears as a raised discoloration resembling a circle.
Treatment – The best treatment for most infections is to wash the infected areas with warm water and mild soap, dry the area completely and carefully. Change into loose fitting and clean clothing. Wash your clothing with a fungicidal detergent to prevent re-infection. Your General Practitioner may prescribe a topical cream to alleviate symptoms. You may also consider penis health lotions or cremes that contain anti-bacterial or anti-fungal properties.
STDs- A number of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s) can cause itching, irritation and discomfort in the genital area. STDs such as Chlamydia and Herpes Zoster may result in itching along the penis and scrotum. Many STDs also include sores, discharge and swelling. Itching related to STD’s may begin as late as four weeks from initial exposure to an infected partner. Practicing safe sex will help prevent STD infections.
Symptoms – Intense itching, pain, discharge, swelling or sores.
Treatment – Consult a general practitioner for the proper treatment. There are a number of prescription medications that can be used to treat different STD’s.
Hygiene – Poor hygiene can result in itching and discomfort. A lack of proper hygiene can also cause swelling and discoloration. For uncircumcised men failure to keep the foreskin clean and dry may result in itching and irritation. Keeping your genitals clean and dry will help prevent any hygiene related itching.
Symptoms – Itching along the penis and/or scrotum.
Treatment – Wash area with mild soap and warm water, dry area carefully and completely. Change into clean and loose fitting clothing. Some cremes may help alleviate the discomfort of itching or irritation that results from improper hygiene.
Allergies or Irritants – Various soaps and detergents can result in allergy related itching and irritation. Latex and other materials may also cause itching and discomfort. Direct contact with certain materials will cause outbreaks of itching, rashes, and discomfort.
Symptoms – Rashes, itching, discomfort.
Treatment – Cease contact with irritant. Wash area with warm water and mild soap, dry carefully and completely. Consider using various lotions or cremes to treat the symptoms of the irritation.
Practitioners often recommend a penis health creme that helps many men suffering from penis skin issues. A product, like Man1 Man Oil, that contains penis specific vitamins and minerals plus select moisturizers, anti-bacterial properties and vitamin e to maintain healthy penis skin may prove beneficial in alleviating itchy penis symptoms.