Itchy Penis, Head, Skin, Shaft, Causes, Stop, Remedies, Treatment

Itchy penis may also be sore, painful with rashes or pimples that may be red or white depending on the underlying cause. In some cases, you may have a lump or a bump on penis that may be itchy. In most cases, this is always linked to infections including STD and yeast infection. There are several other factors that may cause itching on the penis shaft head or fore skin that may extent to the scrotum or ball sack. Continue reading below for more causes, remedies, what to do at home and treatment

The skin can be irritated by chemicals found in soaps, scented lotions and body spray. Diseases like diabetes, reactive arthritis some STD’s are also cable of weakening your immune system. If itchy penis won’t go away even after using few home remedies, see a doctor immediately for proper diagnosis.

Itchy penis Rash on shaft
Itchy penis Rash on shaft

When looking at male yeast infection or penile yeast infection, Other factors like antibiotics, renal dialysis, diabetes, corticosteroids or immunosuppression can also increases the out flare of candida albicans. Good bacteria in our body help in keeping the fungi in check but if the immune system is weakened by any of the factors mentioned above then you are likely to get a yeast infection.

Male candidiasis

Candidiasis also known as thrush is a fungal infection caused by candida yeast known as Candida albicans. It mostly affects women but can also affect the tip and foreskin of a man’s penis. It is not necessarily a sexually transmitted infection because it can be acquired even without having sex with an infected person.

Candida exists naturally in our body but only cause an infection when they overgrow. Yeast thrives in warm moist areas due to poor hygiene or poor nutrition.

Thrush exhibits symptoms like;

  1. Itchy red rash
  2. Inflammation
  3. Itchy penis head
  4. Painful sex
  5. Sharp pain while urinating
  6. lumpy discharge under the foreskin

Balanitis

Balanitis refers to the painful inflammation of the foreskin or penile head. It is most common in uncircumcised men because they have a foreskin. It is mostly associated with symptoms like; red inflammation on the foreskin causing a sore foreskin, itchy penis, rash on penis, tight foreskin, thick discharge under the foreskin, unpleasant smell from the affected area, and pain while urinating.

  • Balanitis is caused by overgrowth of bad bacteria or yeast, especially in warm moist areas of the genitals like the foreskin. This mostly happens when the immune system is compromised, the skin covering the penis is irritated or as a side effect of some antibiotics.

If left untreated, Balanitis can turn into a more complex situation and even reduce blood supply to the penis. Chronic Balanitis can also lead to a condition known as phimosis which simply means that the foreskin cannot retract after healing.

Read more about diagnosing balanitis.

Rashes on penis cap, itchy penis cap

Rashes on penis are a sign of sexually transmitted infection, an allergy to food or products used to clean the penis while bathing, or irritation on the penis.

These rashes are usually red or white in colour. Ensure you visit your doctor to examine the cause of the rashes that

Red bumps on penis shaft or head
Red bumps on penis shaft or head

make you have an itchy penis. The rashes will clear up once the root cause is treated. See more here rash on penis

Itchy penis skin, foreskin, head, shaft

Itchy penis is not always a sign of an infection. It can also be to irritation by friction from tight undergarments or allergies. These can be sorted using simple home remedies.

However, it is still important to visits a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of serious infections. If you have been asking yourself “why is my penis itchy?” then the following are the major causes of this problem in adults;

1. Irritation

You can irritate your penis without even knowing and wonder why it is very sore and itchy all of sudden even if you are sure you have not contracted any sexually transmitted infection. The skin that covers the penis is very sensitive hence it can be easily be irritated by factors like;

  1. Scented bathing soaps
  2. Laundry detergents that are used to wash your undergarments
  3. Drops of urine on the penis
  4. Latex condoms
  5. Sex lubricants
  6. Dry masturbation
  7. Chronic masturbation that causes blood clots on penis
  8. Spermicides

2. Smegma

It is very important to undergo circumcision irrespective of your cultural beliefs and background. It is very hygienic. Most men who are not circumcised tend to collect a white cheese like substance under their foreskin .It is known as smegma. This smegma causes irritation and itchy penis when infected.

3. Fungal infection

Fungal infection like candidiasis cause itchy sore penis that is swollen as well. Men rarely get yeast infection as compared to women but if the penis environment is warm and moist all the time due to poor hygiene then the yeast that naturally exist in the body will multiply and lead to an infection

4. Sexually transmitted Diseases

In most cases Sexually transmitted diseases is the first suspect whenever one has an itchy penis. There are several infections of this kind and most of them have symptoms in common. It is important to visit a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

The following is a list of “STD” sexually transmitted diseases that cause itchy penis.

1. Genital warts

Genital warts are caused by human papilloma virus. The following are symptoms of genital warts;

  1. Cauliflower-like mass that forms on the genitals
  2. Rash on genitals
  3. Itchy penis

If left untreated the HPV virus may lead to cancer. The warts can only be removed by laser surgery. It is important to vaccinate against this virus. Examples of these vaccines are Gardasil, Gardasil-9 and Cervarix.

2. Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis is sexually transmitted diseases that are asymptomatic in men. 70% of men do not exhibit symptoms of trichonomiasis. The ones that do have the following symptoms;

  1. Itchy penis
  2. Burning sensation after urinating or ejaculating
  3. Discharge from the penis

3. Genital Herpes

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted diseases caused by herpes simplex type-1 (HSV-1) and type-2 (HSV-2).It is associated with the following symptoms;

  1. Itchy penis
  2. A group of fluid filled blisters on the penis
  3. Burning sensation on the genitals

5. Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection cause by skin contact or sharing of personal effects like clothes and towels. Scratching the infection can lead to its spread to other parts of the body. The following are the common symptoms it shows;

  1. Small painless ,red bumps on the penis
  2. Itchy penis
  3. Thick white waxy material at the centre of the bumps.

Most cases of this type of infection disappear after 6months .This infection can become chronic if you have a weak immune system. It can be treated using prescription creams with tretinoin or imiquimod.

6. Scabies

Scabies is a skin disease that can occur anywhere including the penis. It causes itchy scab on penis or scrotum depending on which part it affects. It is contagious and can be easily transferred from one person to another via skin contact. If it affects one then everybody who lives or shares personal effects with that person should be treated.

7. Eczema

Eczema is a skin condition. It is identified by red sores or brown-grey patches that are thickened, itchy, dry, scaly, rough, and flaky, inflamed, and cause skin peeling.

It can occur on any part of your body including the skin around your penis. Theory has it that eczema is caused by an overactive immune system that responds aggressively to the presence of irritants.

Itching inside urethra

Itching inside the urethra is caused by urethritis which refers to the inflammation of the urethra. It occurs as a symptom of most diseases that are transmitted sexually like trichomoniasis, genital herpes, gonorrhoea or Chlamydia.

The bacteria that cause urethritis can also be transmitted orally or during sexual intercourse. Viral diseases like HIV increases the chances of contracting urethritis. Itching in the urethra can also be accomplice by other symptoms of urethritis like pus like discharge from the penis and pain while urinating. It is advisable to visits a doctor for treatment if you notice such a symptom.

Jock itch

Jock itch is a genital fungal infection in men caused by fungi known as Trichophyton or Epidqermophyton.1.

  • It is a type of ringworm that affects the skin that covers the genital area. They look like patches on the skin with tine little rashes around the edge. They are very itchy and spread quickly when scratched. It is a highly contagious skin infection.

You should ensure that you observe high standard of hygiene and keep yourself dry as well as your towels and clothes. Jock itch exhibits the following symptoms;

  1. Itchy penis
  2. Rashes with tiny pimples on the edges that appear on the groin, skin folds, buttocks and inner thighs. They neither affect the penile shaft nor scrotum.
  3. Red or brown centre depending on your skin tone

According to Mayo Clinic,” Although often uncomfortable and bothersome, jock itch usually isn’t serious. Keeping your groin area clean and dry and applying topical antifungal medications usually are sufficient to treat jock itch

Itchy penis in babies

Is your baby’s penis itchy?  Babies can experience discomfort and irritating and sore itch on their penis either because of a fungal infection or allergic reaction to some food especially if it’s their first time to eat it.

Babies who are left with damp diapers or napkin for long are at risk of getting fungal infections. Ensure you visit a paediatrician to check up your baby whenever you notice that something could be wrong down there.

You may see more on;

  1. Yeast infection rash
  2. Smelly penis
  3. Black head on penis
    Itchy penis, causes, remedies, treatment
    Itchy penis, causes, remedies, treatment

Home Remedies for Itchy Penis

You need to observe high standards of hygiene and ensure that your genital area is always dry in order to enhance the effectiveness of the following home remedies.

1. Onion

Onions are not only for cooking. They are ideal home remedy for penis that is itchy. They have antifungal, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. They kill bacteria of fungus that cause irritation and also reduce any inflammations on the genital area.

Requirements

  1. Onions
  2. A Knife
  3. Pestle and mortar
  4. A Clean piece of cloth
  5. Water

How to us it

  1. Peel off the back cover of the onion
  2. Slice the onions using a sharp knife into cubes
  3. Pound the onions into paste using a pestle and a mortar
  4. Apply the paste on the penis
  5. Let it settle for 30 minutes and dry
  6. Rinse it off using plenty of water
  7. Do this twice a day

2. White Vinegar

White vinegar is an anti-inflammatory agent and also has got antifungal properties that are able to get rid of yeast infection like balanitis. It is also a natural drying agent that will dry out the rashes. You can also use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar

Requirements

  1. White vinegar
  2. A Cotton Ball
  3. Clean water
  4. A clean piece of cloth

What to do

  1. Ensure the area affected area is clean and dry
  2. Dilute 1 part of vinegar with four equal parts of water
  3. Soak a cotton ball with the white  vinegar water
  4. Apply white vinegar water on the affected part of the penis using the cotton ball
  5. Let it dry up
  6. Wash it off with clean water and pat dry with a clean piece of cloth
  7. Repeat this process 3 times a day until you see a change

3. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a natural herb that is a remedy for many infections. It soothes rashes caused by yeast fungus and prevents the itchy feeling. It has got antifungal properties.

What you need

  1. Aloe Vera leaves
  2. A Sharp knife
  3. A mixer/ blender
  4. A container for collecting  the gel
  5. Soap
  6. Water
  7. A clean piece of cloth

Preparation and application

  1. Take two pieces of aloe Vera leaves and cut them on both ends. Use a knife to take out the upper green layer from the leaf in order to expose the thick aloe Vera gel in the leaves.
  2. In case you find any yellow liquid on the leaf, rinse it out with clean water.
  3. Peel off the green back of the leaf.
  4. The clear thick gel that is left is the aloe Vera gel.
  5. Cut the gel into small pieces and blend the gel into a liquid form.
  6. Ensure your penis is clean and dry
  7. Apply the aloe Vera gel directly on the itchy part of your genitals
  8. Let it settle for 20 minutes
  9. Wash it off using soap and clean water
  10. Dry your penis with a clean piece of cloth
  11. Repeat this process 3 times a day until the itching goes away

4. Garlic

Garlic contains an antiseptic and antifungal agent called allicin. It fights fungal infections and prevent them from spreading to other part of the body. You can mix garlic with honey in order to benefit from the soothing effect of honey

Requirements

  1. Garlic cloves
  2. Honey
  3. A Pestle & a mortar
  4. A Knife
  5. Clean water
  6. A clean piece of cloth

What to do

  1. Peel off the back cover of garlic cloves
  2. Dice them into cubes using a knife
  3. Place them in the mortar
  4. Pound with a pestle to form a paste
  5. Mix the paste with 2 teaspoons of honey
  6. Ensure that your genital area is clean and dry
  7. Apply the paste directly on your penis
  8. Let it settle for 20 minutes
  9. Rinse it off with warm water then do a final rinse with cold water
  10. Dry up your manhood with a clean piece of cloth because yeast thrives on a damp area and you do not want to do zero work.
  11. Repeat this process thrice a day until the infection heals completely.
  12. You may also boil the garlic in water and use the water to rinse your genitals and let it settle for a while before washing it off.
  13. It is also advisable to include garlic in your diet by adding it directly to your food.

5. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has is an effective antifungal agent and it also soothes the irritation and makes the affected area moisture proof.

Needs

  1. Coconut oil
  2. A Cotton Ball

How to apply it

  1. Take a shower before you go to bed
  2. Soak a cotton ball with coconut oil
  3. Apply coconut oil on your manhood using the cotton ball
  4. Let it stay overnight on your skin.
  5. Repeat this process every night until you see a change

6. Common Salt

The common salt that is used as a food active is a useful home remedy for getting rid of the itchy feeling caused by fungal infection. It also makes the affected area moisture proof due to its hygroscopic property. It will also dry out the rashes.

Requirements

  1. Salt
  2. Water
  3. A clean piece of cloth
  4. A ball of cotton

What to do

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon full of salt with this a cup of hot distilled water.
  2. Stir the mixture using a spoon to dissolve the salt.
  3. Let the mixture cool to a temperature that the sensitive skin that covers your willy can handle
  4. Rinse the entire penis using the salty water
  5. Repeat this process several times throughout the day

7. Baking Soda

Baking soda is alkaline so it helps in balancing the pH of the skin and prevents multiplication of fungi. Most fungus thrives on acidic environment. It also has a soothing effect on the skin.

Requirements

  1. Baking soda
  2. Water
  3. A clean towel
  4. A Cotton ball

 

Procedure

  1. Take a shower and wash the groin area thoroughly
  2. Dry it up with a clean towel
  3. Add 5 tablespoons of baking soda to 2 table spoons of water and mix to form a smooth paste.
  4. Use a clean cotton ball to apply the paste on the itchy part of your penis
  5. Let it settle for about 15 minutes
  6. Wash off the affected area using cold water
  7. Dry the affected area using a clean towel
  8. Repeat this process twice in a day for a week

8. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is able to fight fungus and prevent secondary infection. But ensure you dilute tea tree oil using other essential oils like olive oil, because it can be very harsh on the sensitive skin that covers your manhood.

Requirements

  1. Tea tree oil
  2. Olive Oil
  3. A Cotton Ball
  4. Clean water
  5. A clean piece of cloth

 

What to do

  1. Take a shower before you go to bed
  2. Concentrate on the affected area and rinse it properly with plenty of water to get rid of the soap. Dry it with it a clean piece of cloth
  3. Pour a little amount of tea tree oil in a cup and mix it with olive oil to reduce its harshness on your skin.
  4. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture of tea tree oil and olive oil.
  5. Gently apply the oil mixture using the cotton ball on the itchy part of your penis.
  6. Let the oil mixture settle overnight
  7. Wash it off when you wake up
  8. Repeat this process every night before you go to sleep.

9. Natural Yogurt and Honey

Natural yoghurt contains friendly bacteria known as that regulates the growth of yeast infection in the body. Honey has got a soothing effect.

Requirements

  1. Natural yoghurt
  2. A Cotton Ball
  3. Honey

What to do

  1. Take a shower
  2. Mix half a cup of natural yoghurt with 2 table spoons of honey
  3. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture
  4. Apply the natural yoghurt on the affected area using the cotton ball
  5. Let it settle on the skin for 15 minutes and dry up
  6. Rinse off the mixture and pat dry your skin using a clean piece of cloth.

10. Cranberry juice

Cranberries have got both antibacterial and antifungal properties. It restores the number of good acidophilus bacteria that fight infection.

Requirements

  1. 1 litre of water
  2. 4 cups fresh cranberries
  3. 1-1/2 cups sugar
  4. 1/2 cup lemon juice
  5. 1/2 cup orange juice
  6. Sieve

What to do

  1. Add 4 cups of cranberries to a litre of water
  2. Boil the cranberries in the water
  3. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes until the cranberries pop
  4. Sieve the juice using a fine strainer
  5. Let it cool or chill it in the refrigerator
  6. Drink the unsweetened cranberry juice daily for a week

11. Oregano oil

Oregano oil has got antifungal properties and is able to fight free radicals in your body that cause infections. It is also advisable to dilute Oregon oil with olive oil or coconut oil before applying it on your skin.

Requirements

  1. Oregano Oil
  2. Olive Oil
  3. A Cotton Ball
  4. Clean water
  5. A clean piece of cloth

How to apply oregano oil

  1. Take a shower before you go to bed
  2. Concentrate on the affected area and rinse it properly with plenty of water to get rid of the soap. Dry it with it a clean piece of cloth.
  3. Pour a little amount of oregano oil in a cup and mix it with olive oil to reduce its harshness on your skin.
  4. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture of oregano oil and olive oil
  5. Gently apply the oil mixture using the cotton ball on your manhood.
  6. Let the oil mixture settle overnight
  7. Repeat this process every night before you go to sleep.

When to See a doctor and get Treatment

Itchy penis has got several causes. Some are caused by fungi bacteria or protozoa. Some are simply due to irritation and poor hygiene. It is important to visit a doctor whenever you have an itchy penis.

  • It is very embarrassing for a grown man to scratch their groin in public because the itch is very irritating and you may do it without being cautious of your surroundings.

The doctor is able to conduct full lab test and diagnose the cause of irritation. Some infections like balanitis and jock itch can be diagnosed by physical examination since most of their symptoms are visible.

  • The presence of bacteria or fungi in your urine sample can help in determine the cause of your itchy rash and help in prescribing the right kind of treatment. The doctor is likely to prescribe Antibiotics, corticosteroid, and antifungal medicine should also be taken in order to get rid of the infection completely.

Medicated anti-itch cream can also be used alongside other medication to prevent the itchy feeling and swelling. Hydrocortisone is also ideal over the counter medicine for fungal infection.

  • Circumcision may be done in order to prevent future occurrence of infection especially the ones that appear under the foreskin.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” it’s important that men diagnosed with urethritis as a result of chlamydia, gonorrhoea, or trichomonas return for a follow-up appointment three months after completion of antibiotic therapy for repeat testing due to the high rates of re-infection.”

References

  1. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/balanitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx
  2. http://www.treatcurefast.com/men/penile-rash/rash-on-penis-head-penile-shaft-red-itchy-rash-treatment/
  3. http://www.webmd.com/men/tc/jock-itch-topic-overview#1
  4. http://www.rapidhomeremedies.com/remedies-for-yeast-infection.html
  5. http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/effective-home-remedies-for-treating-and-relieving-jock-itch/#gref

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