7 Causes of Itching in the Penis and How to Treat
The itching in the penis is a symptom that happens when an inflammation of the head of the penis, scientifically called balanitis.
This inflammation, in most cases, is caused by an allergy to the penis or by the lack of hygiene of the intimate area, however, can also be a sign of more serious problems like fungal infections, skin problems or sexually transmitted diseases, for example.
Thus, when the itching lasts more than 1 week, or does not improve with the correct hygiene of the intimate area is important to consult a urologist to identify the problem and start the proper treatment.
The allergy is one of the most common causes and less severe itching in the penis, which can arise by direct contact with some types of soap, a condom, or even with a piece of clothing, especially if it is made of synthetic fabric rather than cotton, for example.
- How to treat: it is important to try to identify what is causing the allergy to avoid contact with this substance. Thus, it is important to try to always use underwear with cotton and use soap for the intimate area. In addition, if there is a suspected allergy to latex, you should avoid the use of condoms with this material.
2. Bad hygiene
The lack of hygiene favors the accumulation of dirt underneath the skin of the glans and, because of this, there is an increased risk of excessive development of bacteria, fungi and other microorganism that cause inflammation of the penis, resulting in itching.
This type of problem is more common in uncircumcised men, but can happen in any case.
- How to treat: it is important to wash the intimate area, at least once per day because it is a part of the body that sweats quite a lot during the day and accumulates many dead skin cells.
Although it is more frequent in women, candidiasis is also one of the main causes of itching in the intimate area of the man and happens by excessive accumulation of the fungus Candida albicans in the glans.
This mold growth is almost always caused by lack of proper hygiene of the penis but also may be a sign of diabetes or autoimmune diseases, such as HIV infection, for example.
How to treat: most of the times the treatment is done with the application of an ointment antifungal, such as Miconazole or Clotrimazole, for about 7 days.However, it can also be recommended to make some changes in the diet, such as reducing the amount of sugar and carbohydrates.
Men who suffer with psoriasis on any part of the body present a high risk to also have psoriasis on the penis. However, this problem does not always manifests itself with a red spot on the penis, and can only affect the glands of the glans, which causes an intense itching sensation and small marbles in the head of the penis.
- How to treat: the ideal is to keep the area well washed to avoid irritation of the skin, giving preference to the cold water. In addition, home remedies, such as applying a compress dipped in chamomile tea cold, can also relieve the symptoms. See in the following video some of the options homemade:
5. Pubic lice
This type of louse cause irritation of the skin of the intimate area that results in an itchy feeling contained in the penis. Pubic lice can be transmitted by intimate contact or by sharing towels, sheets, underwear, or other objects that come into direct contact with the intimate area.
- How to treat: the best way to eliminate pubic lice consists in shaving the groin area, since the louse clings in the hair and not the skin. However, there is also the option of doing the treatment with sprays and lotions of its own, such as Malathion or Permethrin cream, which can be prescribed by dermatologist.
One of the most common symptoms of HPV is the appearance of warts in the intimate area, however, in men, these warts are more rare and, therefore, may appear symptoms more generic, such as itching or redness on the penis.
HPV is transmitted by intimate contact unprotected, but your symptoms may take between several months up to 2 years to manifest and because of this, many men may not know they are infected.
- How to treat: there is no specific treatment to cure the HPV, since the body needs to eliminate the virus alone, which may take a few years. However, to relieve the symptoms, the urologist may advise the use of some ointments, such as Podophyllin, which should be applied for about 1 week.
Although almost all sexually transmitted diseases can cause itching and feeling of discomfort in the penis, chlamydia is the most frequently presents itching as an early sign, not being accompanied by any other symptom.
In this way, men who practice unprotected sex should be tested for against std infection s recurrently, in order to identify whether they are infected and start the treatment.
- How to treat: you must take an antibiotic prescribed by the urologist, usually Azithromycin or Doxycycline for 7 days.