Penis pain is a fact of life, but it does not have to become a major issue. In most cases, pain in the penis is nothing to worry about and should resolve within a few days. Keeping the penis healthy with a few simple additions to the daily routine and knowing the signs to watch for when penis pain does occur is the key to a long and healthy sex life.
Five Causes of Penis Pain
The conditions described here are some of the most common causes of penis pain and soreness. Any type of penis soreness that does not improve within a few days should be treated by a medical professional to prevent long-term injury; sudden penis pain or trauma should be treated as a medical emergency.
1. Excessive manipulation– Unfortunately, when it comes to masturbation and sex, there can be too much of a good thing, at least as far as the penis skin is concerned. Overdoing it with bedroom acrobatics or vigorous handling can lead to sore penis skin, as the outer dermal layers become chafed and irritated. Keeping the skin well-moisturized, using a lube during sexual activity and taking a break once in a while can help to keep soreness under control.
2. Foreskin problems– Men with an intact foreskin are prone to some common problems which can cause irritation, redness and pain in the penis. An infection of the penis known as balanitis often occurs when the area under the foreskin is not properly cleansed; this can lead to swelling, itching, burning and a cheesy discharge. Another foreskin-related problem, known as phimosis, is diagnosed when the foreskin is too tight to retract easily over the head. In many cases, this can be resolved by gentle manipulation accompanied by regular moisturizing and treatment with skin-friendly vitamins and minerals.
3. Yeast infection– Changes in body chemistry can cause the overgrowth of a yeast known as Candida albicans, which is normally present on the skin without causing any symptoms. When yeast infection (sometimes known as thrush)occurs, men may experience inflammation, severe itching, redness and penis pain, as well as a cottage-cheese like discharge. Yeast infections sometimes go away by themselves, but treatment with an over-the-counter medication is generally recommended. Maintaining chemical balance through proper nutrition of the skin may help to prevent yeast infection.
4. Jock itch – Anothertype of fungal growth caused by an organism known as tinea cruris, jock itch is a highly contagious infection that can be passed from one person to another on clothing, towels and other personal items. This yeast thrives in warm, moist areas and can cause a red, spreading rash, severe itching, and discomfort and penis pain – especially if it affects the head or urethral opening. Keeping the area clean, dry and well-moisturized can prevent the fungus from getting a foothold and spreading on the skin.
5. Skin injury– Often, penis pain is simply the result of minor skin injuries, such as scratches, cuts, insect bites or the unpleasant but sometimes unavoidable zipper trauma. Keeping the skin well-moisturized and healthy overall through the use of penis-friendly nutrients can help boost resistance to injury and speed healing when it does occur.
Preventing and treating pain in the penis
While penis pain cannot always be prevented, it is less likely to occur and tends to heal faster when the skin of the penis is healthy overall. Supporting healthy function of the skin and nerve cells through the use of specialized penis health cream which contains penis-specific nutrients (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) such as vitamin A (for smooth, supple skin); vitamin C (for immune function and healthy circulatory tissue); vitamin D (for overall skin health); alpha lipoic acid (for stimulating blood flow); and natural moisturizers such as shea butter can help to prevent minor injuries and infection and sooth penis pain and irritation.