Penis blisters can have a variety of causes, and not all sores on the penis are symptoms of sexually transmitted infections. However, most penis blisters have a pathological cause and should be treated by a qualified medical professional. Understanding the possible causes of penis sores can help men to help their doctors identify the underlying problem and develop an appropriate plan for treatment. In addition, following some common-sense penis care rules can help men to avoid most types of sores in the first place.
Some of the most frequently-seen types of penis blisters are described here:
- Herpes- the herpes simplex virus (HSV) one of the most common causes of blisters in the pelvic region. It is spread through intimate contact and can cause watery blisters that tend to burst and then crust over, as well as itching and redness. Individuals with HSV will require lifetime treatment to control the symptoms, as there is currently no cure.
- Syphilis- another common sexually transmitted infection, syphilis is caused by a bacteria and can cause additional symptoms such as fever, skin rash, swollen lymph glands, and hair loss. If left untreated, this disease can lead to loss of cognition, blindness, and even death. Syphilis can be cured with antibiotics if caught in the early stages.
- Scabies- this parasite infection can cause extreme itching, rash, and blisters on the genitalia and other parts of the body. The parasite is most often spread via intimate contact, but sharing bedding, clothing or other personal items may also lead to transmission. Treating scabies generally involves prescription skin creams or oral medications; infected individuals are also advised to thoroughly disinfect all clothing, bedding, carpeting and other materials where the scabies parasites may be concealed.
- Yeast infection- the Candida yeast that is best known for feminine yeast infection can also cause yeast overgrowth in men. A yeast infection can cause itching, redness, swelling, white blisters on the penis, and a thick, sometimes chunky discharge. Treating Candida yeast involves topical antifungal creams; if an infected individual is in a sexual relationship, his/her partner will need to be treated as well.
- Folliculitis- infected follicles may cause the appearance of pus-filled blisters, usually around the hair shaft. Folliculitis is not contagious and generally clears up on its own, although proper attention to hygiene and use of moisturizers may help to resolve the problem more quickly.
- Cancer- Skin cancer of the penis may be characterized by blisters or penis sores. In the case of cancer, these sores generally do not heal, and may ooze fluid or bleed. While less common than the other issues discussed here, cancer can be serious, so any unusual penile symptoms should be evaluated by a doctor.
- Friction- Finally, dry rubbing during manual stimulation can build up friction, causing blisters to raise on the outer layers of skin. Using a lube and keeping the skin well-moisturized at all times can help to eliminate this problem.
How to care for the penis and promote good health
All men can benefit from treating the penis right, and this starts with playing it safe. Men who are sexually active should exercise caution in their choice of partners and talk openly and honestly about any potential health issues before engaging in intimacy. Unless a couple is committed and monogamous, it is best to use barrier protection for every encounter to avoid contracting a communicable disease or infection.
Beyond practicing safe sex, the penis and entire genital area should be washed daily to remove built-up grime, sweat and other body fluids that may have accumulated. On the other hand, ordinary soaps are generally too harsh for the delicate skin in this area, so using a mild cleanser, or simply going over the area with a soft washcloth and warm water, is recommended.
In addition, applying a targeted penis nutrient cream (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) can supply the penile skin with vital moisture and nutrients that can help to prevent chafing, increase resistance to communicable diseases, and leave the skin soft, smooth and supple. A specially formulated vitamin cream should be used every day after showering or bathing for maximum benefit.