Penile itching is no joke. It can strike at any time – during the big game, right in the middle of a business meeting, or just in time to put an end to a romantic evening. Dry, itchy penis skin that shows up at the wrong time can be an embarrassing issue, leaving a man writhing, twisting, and desperate to get at the itch without making a spectacle of himself. Unfortunately, in many cases, the itch won’t go away with a simple rub or scratch, and extra attention to penis care is needed to overcome the problem. The following are some of the things that men should look out for when penis itching becomes an overwhelming problem.
- Hygiene issues – One of the leading culprits when it comes to penile itching is nothing more than poor hygiene. Men who are lax about washing every day are likely to build up a film of sweat, dirt and body fluids on the surface of the skin that can lead to itching and irritation. Uncircumcised men, in particular, can develop a red, itchy and inflamed foreskin if care is not taken to clean the smegma from underneath. Washing with warm water and a mild cleanser can generally help to clear up the issue.
- Yeast infection – Men are just as likely as women to develop a Candida yeast infection. Even the cleanest and most well-groomed of men have yeast spores living on their skin, and changes in body chemistry or the environment can cause these spores to go into a rapid growth phase, leading to itchy, red, cracked skin and a whitish, chunky discharge. Men and women can easily pass yeast infections back and forth through intimate contact, so if either member of a couple develops symptoms of an infection, both should be treated.
- Allergies or environmental irritants – Allergies to laundry detergents, certain fabrics, latex, or personal care products have sent many men into a frenzy, trying to identify the source of the itch. Contact with natural irritants such as poison ivy or poison oak can also lead to allergic reactions, often characterized by redness, swelling and severe itching. Men who have penile itching that just won’t go away should ask their doctors about a potential allergy; once the source is identified, avoiding it should prevent future problems.
- Psoriasis or eczema – Men who have psoriasis or eczema on other parts of their bodies may also develop symptoms on the penis. – Treating the affected area with vitamins A and E is sometimes helpful.
- Heat rash – Hot weather, combined with wet swim trunks or restrictive clothing, can lead to heat rash in the groin area. Cool compresses and washing away sweat and grime can help to relieve an itchy heat rash.
Soothing the itch and healing the skin
Regardless of the source of the problem, it is always a bad idea to scratch at the delicate penis skin. Doing so can leave minute tears in the outer dermal layer, which can cause further discomfort as well as allowing bacteria and other organisms to penetrate to the tissue underneath.
Instead, men who have an itchy penis should wash the area carefully to remove any substances which may be causing irritation. Washing with a mild cleanser, or simply rinsing thoroughly with warm water, is best – ordinary bath soaps can contain drying chemicals which can make the problem worse.
After cleansing the skin, a specially formulated penis health creme (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) can be applied. Nutrient creams that are designed specifically for the penis should contain ingredients such as vitamins A, C, D and E, which are noted for their skin-soothing and healing properties. In addition, men should look for a product containing a natural moisturizer such as Shea butter, which soothes itchy skin on contact and leaves it hydrated, supple and less prone to future drying and itching.