On a large scale or just a patch, skin irritation on the penis can be a cause for concern and often results in a loss of concentration and an added aid of discomfort. Nor is it something a man wants to show off while “entertaining.” Here’s the good news: Most causes of an irritated penis can be easily remedied and are not a cause for concern. Here are five common reasons for skin irritation on the penis and how to fix it.
1) Infections of the genital area – Nobody in the world likes hugging mushrooms more. Give him a nice, warm and humid place to snuggle, like the folds of the genital skin, and he will settle into it. To keep jock itch and its other friendly fungi out of the area, keep the genital area clean and dry. After invasion, see a doctor for an antifungal cream to clear the infection. To prevent future build-up of fungus, bathe regularly, clean thoroughly, and keep the area dry and airy.
2) too good – Too much sex or myself–The gratification may seem harmless, but it can lead to redness, cracking, irritation of the skin of the penis. Unless a man likes that tingling sensation on his irritated penis, stop all activity immediately until the skin returns to normal. To make it soft and supple again, use cold compresses to soothe irritation and a penis health cream to repair and renew the skin. When all is well, be sure to practice restraint in all things and to use a good water-based lube for especially energetic sensual antics.
3) latex condoms – Something like 15% of all Americans are allergic to latex, so irritation of the skin on the penis from latex is not uncommon. Now, the solution is not to stop using condoms (no dice, buddy), but to look for alternative condoms like polyurethane or polyisoprene that protect against STIs and latex-free pregnancy. To relieve irritation, follow the same rules as in n. 2.
4) Balanitis – Balanitis is an inflammation of the skin that affects the head of the penis and the foreskin and is most commonly experienced by uncircumcised men. It is caused by a build-up of smegma. Smegma is a stinky mix of dead skin cells, body oils, and bacteria that marinate into an especially odorous off-white paste that listens for bacteria to infect the delicate skin of the penis. The best way to treat and prevent balanitis is to clean the penis regularly and thoroughly every day with a mild cleanser. If the problem is out of control (for example, if the foreskin does not retract), a doctor will prescribe antibiotics to cure the infection.
5) Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) – Cut and dry, an irritated penis can be a sign of an STI. Several STIs manifest as irritation to the skin of the penis and may be accompanied by a rash, blisters, and peeling of the skin. STIs associated with an irritated penis include genital herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital warts, and syphilis. Men who believe they may have contracted an STI should see their doctor or clinic immediately for testing and avoid any sexual contact until the test results are known. Once diagnosed, a doctor will prescribe the course of treatment.
Avoid penis irritation with these tips
Most penile skin irritations can be prevented with good genital hygiene habits and safe sex. Grooming should include cleaning the penis regularly and thoroughly with a mild cleanser and a soft cloth. Keep your groin area dry and ventilate frequently; many men prefer to sleep on the skin to give the area enough oxygen.
In general, moisturizing the penis is also a critical step for penile health. Use a specially created penis health cream (Health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically shown to be safe and gentle on the skin) for a clean, renewed and flexible penis. These creams are rich in nutrients and contain vitamins such as A, C, D and E that have especially beneficial properties for penile health and healing, which is ideal for keeping an irritated penis at bay. The base of the cream should be a natural moisturizer, such as shea butter, which leaves the skin of the penis fully hydrated and smooth.