Itchy penis can very disturbing and absolutely embarrassing. Itchy penis can be caused by scabies, jock itch, or thrush. Scratching your genitals in return will only aggravate the situation. It’s best to diagnose the cause of the problem quickly and get proper treatment.
Why does my penis itch?
Here are top seven causes of itchy penis and how to remedy them according to Dr Andrew Thornber, chief medical officer at Now Patient.
1. Jock itch
Jock itch is quite common and can be uncomfortable. It is also known as tinea cruris, and usually triggered by excess sweating and commonly occurs in people who exercise a lot. Jock itch is caused by a ringworm fungal infection. This fungus is highly infectious and can be spread easily from person to person, through the sharing of personal effects like towel and clothing. Jock itch can also occur in people with weak immune system and those who are obese or have diabetes.
- Antifungal medicine can be administered to treat the infection.
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting jeans
- Always keep your groin area dry
- Wear clean underwears and clothing
- Avoid sharing towels and other clothing.
Pubic lice are commonly known as crabs. These tiny parasites cause severe itching in the genital area. You may notice them moving in your pubic hair, or you may notice tiny white specs which is their eggs in the hair of your genitals.
Remedy: Consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Getting rid of pubic lice may be difficult because just one or two can cause a re-infestation. Your doctor will prescribe a special formula to kill them. You will need to wash all bedding and clothing at a high temperature and disinfect them to destroy the eggs.
GET MORE INFORMATION ON PUBIC LICE: Pubic lice: 8 Basic Facts you Should Know and How to Eliminate Them
Scabies are caused by mites. This dermatological condition causes genital itching and is highly contagious. It often affects the entire families. Scabies can also cause a bright red cluster of small bumps on the affected area which can quickly spread to other parts of the body.
- You will need to wash all bedding and clothing at a high temperature.
- Your local pharmacist will prescribe a cream to help destroy the mites.
- Everyone in your household needs to be treated at the same time – even if they don’t show symptoms
GET MORE INFO HERE: Scabies: Symptoms, Cause, and Treatments
Chafing is quite common among runner, it occurs when your thighs rub together. The rubbing mounts pressure on the skin barrier and causes a burn and/or itch.
Remedy: Moisturising regularly with a skin irritant protective moisturiser will help to relieve pain. To reduce chafe, it is advisable to use Bodyglide during exercise.
Genital warts can be spread through sexual intercourse. They look like small, cauliflower-like bumps around the genital area. There may be just one or two, or they might appear in a cluster.
Remedy: Consult your doctor to have the warts frozen off. A cream may be administered to help get rid of the warts. The virus that causes warts (HPV), may still remain in your system even if you succeed in getting rid of them.
Male thrush usually causes burning, redness and irritation around the head of the penis and under the foreskin. There will also be an unpleasant smell and a white cottage cheese-like discharge.
Remedy: Your doctor will prescribe an anti-fungal medication.
Balanitis usually causes the penis to be sore, itchy and smelly. The penis appear red and inflamed with a build-up of thick fluid and pain when urinating. It mostly affects uncircumcised males.
Remedy: Your doctor will prescribe a cream to help it clear up. If that doesn’t work, you will be referred to a dermatologist or urologist.
GET MORE INFO ON BALANITIS HERE: What Is Balanitis?
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