If your penis is supposed to symbolize your manhood, what would you do if you’ve got skin problems on your penis? If you’ve never experienced it before, good for you. But for those who have gone through an episode of penis skin problems, it can be quite embarrassing, not to mention uncomfortable and inconvenient.
There are numerous types of penis skin problems, with varying causes and treatments. Some examples of penis skin problems include dry skin, moles, spots, lesions, and warts. Below you’ll find 3 common penis skin problems and how to treat them.
Sarcoptes scabiei are microscopic mites that cause itchy rashes on your skin. Scabies is actually a highly contagious skin condition. And it’s also extremely itchy. If you have scabies on your penis, you’ll most likely experience intense itchiness not just on your penis but in your entire genital area.
The thing is, scabies rashes don’t immediately develop right after you got infected. It takes around a month for these rashes to form. And you don’t necessarily need to have sex with an infected person for you to get infected with scabies. You can actually get it from infected bedding and clothing.
Once the rashes already develop, it means that the mites that infected your penis are already mature enough to reproduce. Your skin will itch because the mites are burying themselves under the surface of your skin. That’s where they lay their eggs.
You’ll also notice pimple-like growths or bumps on your penis and around the surrounding area like on your scrotum. Your body shows its allergic reaction to these pesky mites by forming rashes.
Because it’s extremely itchy, you might end up scratching your penis skin excessively. You should try to refrain from doing this because it just might lead to secondary infections, which will further aggravate the problem.
Fortunately, scabies on the penis is easily treatable. You’ll need to take daily baths or hot showers and your doctor will most likely prescribe a topical ointment for you to apply on your penis. Topical scabicidal agents are also available. These are formulated specifically to treat a scabies infection.
Peeling Of The Penis Skin
Your penis skin may become irritated and dry due to a number of reasons. When this happens, the skin on your penis can peel. It may also lead to cracking and flaking of the penis skin, affecting the skin on your glans, your foreskin, your shaft, or even your scrotum.
Various medical conditions can cause peeling of the penis skin. Among these, the most common are sexually transmitted infections such as genital herpes and syphilis. Herpes can cause tingling and itching on your penis and surrounding genital area.
If you somehow got infected with herpes, you’ll most likely see fluid-filled blisters appearing on your penis skin. Skin ulcers in your genital area are also common symptoms of herpes. When these blisters burst, they will make your penis skin look like it’s peeling.
Syphilis is another sexually transmitted infection that can cause your skin problems on your penis. With syphilis, chancres form on the infected area. A chancre is painless, but it will appear as if your penis skin is peeling.
Genital psoriasis is another skin condition that causes peeling of the penis skin. Fortunately, it’s not contagious, but it does look rather unpleasant. Genital psoriasis can make your penis skin look scaly, or your penis skin may look like its peeling.
If you have genital psoriasis, which is an autoimmune inflammatory condition, you’ll find red patches on the skin covering your penis glans or shaft. These patches are actually quite tiny, and they make your skin look shiny or raw.
Atopic dermatitis or eczema is another skin condition that can cause penis skin peeling. It’s not contagious, but it can cause intense itching. Eczema can also cause a dry and scaly rash to form on your penis skin. It may even cause inflammation of your penis skin.
Fluid-filled blisters may also form on your penis skin. When these blisters burst and scab, it will look like your penis skin is peeling. If you have eczema, it may also affect other areas in your groin, not just on your penis.
Depending on what’s causing your penis skin to peel, your doctor may prescribe a different treatment. For psoriasis and eczema, corticosteroid creams are often helpful in reducing peeling skin. Your doctor may also prescribe steroids.
If the problem is caused by a sexually transmitted infection, your doctor will need to determine which bacteria or virus caused it. Then once that’s identified, your doctor will prescribe either an antibiotic or anti-viral medication to treat the infection.
Red Spots On Your Penis
Red spots forming on your penis skin are not always a sign of a serious condition. Minor irritations resulting from excessive sweating for long periods of time are quite common. Harmless red spots on your penis usually disappear after a day or two. If they last longer than that, however, it may be due to something more serious.
Balanitis is one of the most common causes of red spots appearing on the penis. This is a condition characterized by the inflammation of your penis glans. It’s typically caused by irritation due to infections or poor hygiene.
If you have balanitis, you’ll most likely see red spots on your penis. Your glans will be swollen, and you’ll feel itchiness in your groin area. If it’s caused by an infection, your doctor will either prescribe steroid creams, antifungal creams, or antibiotics.
Contact dermatitis is another skin condition that can cause red spots to form on your penis skin. It’s not caused by an infection or contagious disease. Rather, you develop the symptoms because your body has an allergic reaction to something that got in contact with.
Other symptoms of contact dermatitis include itching, dry and scaly skin, swelling, and the formation of blisters that contain pus. Once these rashes, spots, bumps, or blisters become infected, you will most likely have a fever and develop more serious symptoms.
With contact dermatitis, you’ll most likely need to take antihistamines. Although there are over-the-counter antihistamines you can easily buy, it’s best to consult your doctor first, especially if the rash has spread to other spots beyond your genital area or if you’ve already developed a fever.