Scab on Penis, Causes, Get Rid, Fast Removal, Treatment

Scab on penis head, foreskin or penile shaft can be defined as clots of blood that are caused by healing bumps, blisters or pimples on penis. The clotting is aided by platelets in the blood. Scabs can only occur where there are sores or open wounds that are healing. When infected. the can be filled with puss and become very painful. We will also look at how to get rid of penile scabs naturally fast using home remedies and treatment.

In general, scabs are caused on top of any healing would or open sore on the skin. Scabs help in covering open wounds from foreign infections. Their main purpose is to keep the wound dry and help in healing faster. When open sores caused by pimples or STD bumps on penis head, shaft or the ball sac are healing, scabs will form on them to help them heal naturally faster

Healing std scab on penis, PICTURE

Healing std scab on penis, PICTURE

Penile scabs occur due to different causes. Some are outright injuries caused by whatever activities we partake in, while others are caused by different infections. These scabs can appear as black formations, red, or even cream. This will be dependent on the kind of discharge coming out of the sores and the length of time the scabs could have been there.

Scabs are dry and crusty and due to their rough nature, they can easily stick onto garments and peel off due to friction. The result would be a sharp tingly pain.

Causes of scabs will also depend on the type of skin you have and how your immune system deals with open sores on the skin. They could be as a result of wounds caused by sexually transmitted infections, masturbation, physical trauma, and many other causes that we will discuss deeper as we move on.

We will also look at how to go about handling the various kinds of scabs, how to prevent them, and how to treat them at home (Natural and Home Remedies).

Scabs may peel and fall of on their own when the wound is on its final natural healing stage. Some scabs may also take time to heal depending on a number of factors like;

  • low immunity
  • infection on the wound
  • untreated underlying disease like STDs that may have caused the scabs to appear on penis or scrotum sac.

Some scabs may take too long to heal and may really cause a lot of worries. It is therefore to seek the advice of a healthcare provider.

Causes of Scab on penis, Foreskin and the balls sac

The foreskin is one of the most sensitive part of a man’s skin. It is tender and usually very soft. This, therefore, means that it is very easy for the foreskin to break due to factors like friction. Other cases like zipper bites and rough sexual intercourse can also cause the foreskin to break easily, creating wound that may cause a scab on penis shaft.

Healing of wounds and clearing of scabs on the foreskin and the glans may also take a bit longer due to the fact that the two areas are constantly moisturized by urine. It is imperative, therefore, that you visit a specialist to ascertain the actual cause and offer the right treatment in case you are not sure about what might be causing the scabs to appear on your penis.

Some of the common causes are discussed below including STD bumps that can cause a scab on penis:

1. Genital Herpes

Genital herpes (HSV2) is a sexually transmitted infection. The Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) causes Genital herpes which can be classified under infections that are extremely contagious. The disease is spread by way of having sexual contact with infected persons. Some of the common symptoms of a genital herpes infection include:

  1. Blisters will form on the penis and the areas surrounding it and they will be itchy.
  2. The blisters will break open and discharge a foul-smelling fluid.
  3. The fluid that is discharged will dry over time and form scabs.
  4. Fever and other symptoms that may look like a cold.

Herpes has no cure but can be controlled using anti-retroviral therapy.

2. Gonorrhea

Gonorrhea, also known as as ‘the clap,’ is caused by the Neisseria Gonorrhoeae bacterium. This bacterium is a sexually transmitted disease. Apart from affecting the reproductive system, the disease also affects the mouth, rectum, and the throat. The main symptoms of gonorrhea infection on the penis are:

  1. Swollen, itchy, and painful testicles.
  2. A burning sensation when passing urine.
  3. Smelly pus-like discharge from the penis.
  4. Bumps will appear on the penis shaft, penis head, the foreskin, and surrounding areas.

The sores that are caused by the bursting of the bumps will begin to dry up during the healing process, leaving visible scabs.

3. Chlamydial Urethritis

Chlamydial Urethritis (also known as Chlamydia) is an infection that occurs in the urethra. The condition causes the penis to discharge that may crust at the tip of the penis to form a scab.

4. Genital warts

Genital warts are skin protrusions or growths caused by a virus known as the Human Papilloma Virus. This is a sexually transmitted disease in most cases. When punctured, warts can bleed and dry up to form a scab on penis shaft, the glans, and the foreskin.

5. Scab on penis caused by Pubic lice

Pubic lice parasites that look like insects. They attach themselves to warm moist skin especially on the genital areas. They attach themselves in the same manner as ticks would on cattle. Pubic lice can be spread through sex, sharing clothing, and other personal effects like towels

Pubic Lice Cause Scab on Penis, Scrotum Sac, Pubic Area, PICTURE

Pubic Lice Cause Scab on Penis, Scrotum Sac, Pubic Area, PICTURE

The lice can cause itching which may lead to scratching. The constant scratching can cause wounds or sores to occur on the delicate penile skin. In the process of healing, crusts will form causing scabs a scab on penis or scabs on the scrotum sac.

The condition can simply be cleared by washing the affected areas using shampoo. In some instances, the lice may refuse to go away and options like Lindane and Malathion may be used.

Crabs are harmless and they are usually easy to remove.

Public lice symptoms are mainly intense itching and scabs on the affected areas. Scabs are easy to get and easy to get off as they are spread through contact.

6. Penile Yeast Infection

Yeast infection normally popular among women compared to men. Penile yeast infection is best described as an caused by the Candida fungus. If the condition is not treated well, it can lead to a variety of discomforting symptoms that include itchiness and a burning sensation.

Yeast infection causes a rash that can oftentimes go away on its own. It is during the healing process of the penile yeast infection that you can get scabs on your penis, penis head, and on the foreskin. Having a foreskin (the state of not having been circumcised) can increase the risks and chances of contracting a yeast infection for men.

The infection can also be spread by way of engaging in unprotected sex with an infected partner. Poor genital hygiene can also cause the yeast infection to develop. Open wound on penile shaft or foreskin can also be caused by yeast infection bumps on penis. When those bumps are healing, they will cause a scab on penis.

You may get rid of penile yeast infection using topical antifungal creams. Oral antifungal prescriptions may be given when you have yeast infection in the mouth and lips.

7. Syphilis

Syphilis is caused by a bacterium refered to as the Treponema Pallidum. This infection is transmitted sexually and is also known to be highly contagious.

The symptoms of syphilis are varied according to the four stages that the disease has (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary stages).

The common symptoms are skin lesions that are not itchy and also exhibit no pain. The ulcers can occur anywhere on the body including on the penis shaft, the glans, and the foreskin and they may have scabs on them.

8. Psoriasis

Having an overactive immune system leads to this chronic skin condition. It causes an inflammation of the skin and results in the development of thick red or white patches as well as causing the skin to start peeling off (scaling) too.

The symptoms can be observed in many parts of the body and are also known to leave scabs on the penile shaft and the foreskin too.

This condition is common in people suffering from diabetes. It can also be seen in people with obesity and people with heart-related complications. Psoriasis can be inherited and it has no cure. The symptoms can be treated though.

9. Balanitis

This condition is most common in uncircumcised males. The condition causes an irritation of the foreskin which is its most prevalent area of infection.This condition can be treated with ease if it is diagnosed while still in its early stages.

It is most common in uncircumcised people with poor personal and genital hygiene.

The use of harsh soaps that irritate the skin is also known to trigger balanitis.

Balanitis infection has the following symptoms:

  1. Redness and swelling of bumps.
  2. Itching that can range from mild to severe.
  3. Abnormal discharge with a foul smell.

10. Eczema on Penis

The common type of penile eczema is the penile atopic dermatitis which in most cases is an allergic reaction of the foreskin or the penis shaft to foreign chemicals or infections.

This, therefore, means that if the condition occurs on the penis shaft and the foreskin, it can lead to scabs forming on the penis due to the irritating itchy eczema rash on penis.

The exact cause of eczema is not known but is believed to be an overactive immune system which can also be defined as an allergy to a certain stimulus. Eczema can also cause a sore red dry skin on penis shaft, head, foreskin or the scrotum sac.

This condition can cause an itch on the skin. Due to activities like scratching, the affected skin can get extremely dry and start to break. The breaking of the skin will lead to the development of open sores. Scabs will develop on the healing sores.

11. Fordyce Spots

Fordyce spots normally occur naturally on the skin. However, they can grow with time to form some tiny bumps on the skin. These spots come about due to hormonal imbalances and are a very natural occurrence.

This, therefore, means that Fordyce spots are no cause for alarm since they do not signify any infection or disease. They only occur due to secretion of excess fats under the skin which in turn, block the hair follicles and then they push upwards to form bumps. When cleared by any means, the bumps leave behind healing scars that may crust at the top, leading to visible scab on penis.

These spots do not necessarily require treatment but can still be cleared using the following means:

  1. Electrodesiccation
  2. Pulsed dye laser.
  3. Micro-punch techniques.

12. Scabies

Scabies is a condition whereby a red parasitic mite attaches itself on the human body by burrowing into the skin. This causes a very intense feeling of itchiness.

The condition can be controlled using some topical application drugs that are available readily in the medical stores.

13. Rough and/or Dry Sexual Intercourse

As we had earlier stated, the foreskin is made up of very soft and sensitive tissues. Engaging in a rough and/or dry sexual intercourse can cause injuries to the penis. The injuries can be in the form of tears on the foreskin. These injuries are what lead to crusting when they begin to heal. The result will be scabs that will appear on the affected penis.

These cases can be minimized by use of lubricants, use of properly lubricated condoms, or engaging in foreplay before sex in order to psychologically be prepared for it. Foreplay helps in increasing the chances of natural lubrication by way of releasing pre-ejaculatory fluids.

14. Masturbation

Continued and addictive masturbation is known to cause tears on the foreskin. These actions can result in having scab on penis. The injuries are caused by friction caused in the process of masturbation.

Eczema rash, dry skin on penis cause scab on penis shaft foreskin. PICTURE

Eczema rash, dry skin on penis cause scab on penis shaft foreskin. PICTURE

There are different types of scabs that appear on the penis. These are:

Red or Brown Scabs on the Tip of the Penis

The colors of the scabs appearing on the penis and the foreskin will be dependent on their causes. Scabs that appear on the tip of the penis are mostly red or brown. Most known scabs are as a result of healing of the wounds that they cover but in this case, they might be crusting from the discharge that could be coming from the urethra.

Scabs that appear on the tip of the penis, in most cases, are usually a sign of a sexually transmitted infection. It is important to refer to a healthcare provider.

Scab on Penis that Won’t Heal

They can also be referred to as chronic scabs or wounds. These kinds of scabs usually indicate some underlying medical conditions and should be a cause for concern. Such cases should be referred to the healthcare providers as early as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dry Scab on Penis or Foreskin

Dry scabs that appear on the head of the penis are likely to be a sign of either eczema or yeast infection. Yeast infection is most prevalent in women but can easily be transferred to men through having a sexual intercourse with an infected partner. The earlier a yeast infection is detected, the better, as it is easier to get rid of at the early stages.

Tiny Scabs on penis

At times, small scabs can be seen on the penis shaft or even on the head of the penis. This could also be evident in people who have never had sex. In most of such cases, there is no point of worrying much as the scabs could be as a result of minor problems like eczema or even ingrown hair. Some of these tiny scabs might even go without being noticed due to their small sizes and might not even show any symptoms.

Spots on the Penis

Penile spots may also be caused by molluscum contagiosum. This is also referred to as water warts. This condition causes bumps to appear on the skin. These bumps normally have crater-like formations at the top. The crater-like formations may present as open sores which may cause scabbing when the healing process begins.

This condition is a viral infection and can be treated using topical antiviral drugs or even cryosurgery.

Tooth paste on pimple

Can I use toothpaste to get rid of pimple scab on penishead, shaft, balls sac or any part of the skin?

Well the answer to this question is a big NO. Never use toothpaste on your skin. In fact some patients have been reported to have made their skin pimples or bumps worse by applying toothpaste on them.

What makes people to apply toothpaste on penis for better performance or to remove spots pimples or bumps on penis is the fact that toothpaste has an ingredient known as triclosan. Triclosan is a common ingredient in products that are meant to treat acne since it kills bacteria that causes acne.

However, it is important to know that triclosan has to be made in a specific way to treat acne or pimples on the skin. In toothpaste, triclosan is just a preservative in toothpaste and it does not treat or remove scab on peniscaused by healing pimples.

How to Get Rid of Scab on Penis, Foreskin Naturally using Home Remedies

Most scabs often heal and go away by themselves over time. The mode of treatment for scabs that appear on the penis and the foreskin will be dependent on the actual causes of the scabs.

Some of the scabs appearing on the penis can be easily treated using some simple but effective remedies at home. These remedies may include the following:

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial plant. Aloe Vera can help in the clearing of scabs and can be used at home. Ale Vera leaves extracts are the best to use on penile scabs removal in this case but if you don’t have natural aloe Vera leaves, you may use the aloe Vera gel to get rid of scabs on scrotum sac or penile foreskin.

Steps on how to use aloe vera to help in treating the scabs:

  1. Clean the scab or wound with lukewarm water to soften and possibly remove the crust.
  2. Apply the aloe gel to the scabbed skin (you can use the gel from the freshly cut aloe leaves too).
  3. Allow it to stay for about 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it off the aloe gel with clean, lukewarm water.
  5. For better results, repeat the whole procedure 2 – 3 times daily.

2. Topical antifungal creams

These can only be used to treat scabs that are as a result of fungal infections. These can be available as over-the-counter drugs. Remember, it is important to explain to your pharmacist the exact symptoms. If possible let the pharmacist examine the scabs before giving you any cream or medication. Failure to do this can only make the situation worse. Some creams can cause bad irritations to the scabs.

3. Application of petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly is a softener. The petroleum jelly can help in preventing the scabs from drying. Dry scabs are likely to crack and bleed and this can be quite painful and discomforting. The healing process can be much faster if the scabs are intact.

4. Apple cider vinegar

This ingredient is readily available in most kitchens but many do not know of its excellent and effective properties as a remedy for skin complications. Apple cider vinegar is used to get rid ant treat several skin complications naturally at home.

This can also be used for scab on penis removal. Scabs on the penis head, penile shaft, or on the foreskin will be disinfected and heal fast naturally with the help of apple cider vinegar at home. It is rich in antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

Here is how to use apple cider vinegar to get rid of penile scabs fast at home

  1. Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 4 teaspoons of water to dilute it
  2. Stir the mixture to mix well.
  3. Using a clean cotton ball, gently apply the mixture to the affected part of the penis.
  4. Leave it for some minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
  5. Do this until the scabs begin to heal.

5. Keep moisture out

When you are treating the scab on penis at home, always make sure that you keep the area of the penis dry to avoid further infection and making the wounds chronic.

6. Wear clean and dry undergarments

It is advisable to choose undergarments that do not cause any allergic reactions with your skin. Properly dried undergarments will also give the scabs the proper conditions for healing. The undergarments should be made of soft materials like cotton which is known to be an excellent moisture absorbent. The soft nature of the material will also minimize friction and reduce the risks of peeling off the scabs from the skin.

7. Do not pick or scratch the scabs

It is important not to force open the wounds by peeling off the crusts. Doing so increases the risks of new infections as well as promoting the spread of the infections causing the scabs.

8. Warm saline compresses

Warm saline compresses help to moisten the scabs. The scabs then fall off from the skin leaving the wounds open. The salt solution helps to keep the wound sterilized and also speeds up the healing process.

This is how to go about it:

  1. Add 2 glasses of warm water into a basin.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of kitchen salt and mix well till the salt crystals dissolve.
  3. You can use a clean face towel or a clean piece of cloth by dipping it in the water then placing it over the scabs and letting it stay over them for some time.
  4. You will need to repeat this until the wounds begin to heal.

Warm saline compresses are also known to provide relief from itchiness and may reduce the risks of scratching.


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