Every man knows how it feels to have an itchy penis – and it’s not fun. However, in most cases an itchy penis goes away quickly, and usually a man knows exactly what caused it. That’s why most itchy, red penis situations aren’t cause for concern. But what is a man to do when he tried every penis care trick in the arsenal but the itchy penis doesn’t stop?
When a man has tried everything from excellent hygiene to soothing crèmes and nothing seems to help, he could be dealing with a more serious issue that requires a visit to the doctor. Here’s what a man should be aware of when his itchy, red penis persists no matter what.
1. Diabetes. Though it might seem strange that diabetes can cause an itchy penis, it can be surprising how many issues stem from this medical condition. A man with diabetes might tend to urinate much more, and that leads to a bit more moisture around the crotch area, which in turn leads to an overgrowth of bacteria. Besides that, a hallmark of diabetes is an overgrowth of yeast, leading to yeast infections. Though these are more common in women, a man with diabetes can develop them as well. An itchy penis accompanied by a burning sensation, whitish discharge and even a strange odor are all signs that a man should go to the doctor for yeast infection treatment.
2. Sexually transmitted diseases. It seems obvious, but it must be said: if a man is sexually active, he is at risk of contracting a disease from a partner. Some sexually transmitted diseases present with a variety of mild symptoms, including a penis itch that just won’t quit. Even if the itch doesn’t get worse, but simply persists at a typical level, it could be an indication of something picked up from a sexual encounter. In addition to the usual six-month checkup and testing for diseases, this itchy penis situation should send a man running to the doctor, pronto.
3. Eczema or psoriasis. If a man has either of these conditions on other parts of the body, it’s entirely possible he has them on his penis, too. But even a guy who has never suffered from them before can suddenly develop them on his most sensitive parts. The good news is that a doctor can usually diagnose this with a single glance, and can offer treatments that will either eliminate the itch or ease it tremendously. If the itchy penis is accompanied by redness, especially red patches or areas that look like shiny plaque on the skin, it’s time to get checked out.
4. Contact dermatitis. Sometimes an itchy penis is the result of simple allergies. A man might use a new cleanser, switch laundry detergents, or even have a reaction to a new partner’s perfume! In most cases the itch will go away quickly and once a man eliminates the cause, it won’t return. But if a guy can’t figure out what is causing the reaction or it keeps getting worse, it warrants a visit to the doctor.
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