Five of the most common penis problems are described here, along with their causes and options for treatment, from medication to the regular use of penis vitamins and minerals that may help to resolve penis problems and promote male intimate health.
Reddened and irritated penis skin which occurs especially after sex, naturally enough raises concerns about the last sexual partner and the possibility of a sexually transmitted disease. While it is always advisable to use protection and to be selective in the choice of sexual partners, the explanation for irritation and penis skin rash is often more straightforward: friction caused by deep or vigorous penetration is often enough to cause redness, rash and soreness on the sensitive skin of the penis.
However, if irritated skin does not heal within a few days, becomes worse, or is accompanied by fever or other flu-like symptoms, men are always advised to seek medical treatment right away.
Another common type of penis skin rash results from a condition called thrush, which is a form of yeast infection. Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of yeast on the skin which is in most cases due to a chemical imbalance. Thrush is easily passed between sexual partners and can affect women too, so when symptoms of a yeast infection are present, it is best to abstain from sex until the infection disappears.
Thrush is generally treated with over-the-counter anti-fungal medications (similar to those used to treat vaginal yeast infection). Men who are experiencing these symptoms for the first time should talk to a doctor to verify the diagnosis before self-medicating.
Jock itch, known in medical terms as tinea cruris, is a type of fungal infection. It is caused by an overgrowth of the same type of fungus that is responsible for athlete’s foot and ringworm. Jock itch presents as a red, spreading rash which may be accompanied by severe itching and/or burning, and it can affect the entire groin area.
Jock itch is a stubborn infection. It can be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications – these should be used for the recommended duration, even if the symptoms clear up quickly, or the infection can recur. Taking steps to prevent infection in the first place is the best way to avoid this infection. Men should avoid sharing towels and articles of clothing, keep the area clean and dry, and wash items such as athletic supports regularly. All fungal infections thrive in moist, warm areas and can live on in unwashed clothing and towels for an extended period of time.
A spreading, flaking penis skin rash with clearly defined edges and/or a scaly appearance may be an indication of psoriasis. While this condition is not contagious, it can cause social embarrassment and is often extremely off-putting to potential sexual partners.
Treating psoriasis often involves the application of vitamin A creams; steroid treatments may also be used in difficult cases. Because this condition is chronic, ongoing treatment may be necessary to promote smooth, healthy-looking penis skin.
Whitish or pink bumps that resemble acne are common on the penis skin and may resemble a rash. However, these growths, which are usually found around the crown of the penis, are benign and generally don’t cause any other symptoms. Treating the skin with a conditioning and moisturizing cream may help to maintain smooth, attractive penis skin.
Maintaining Penis Health
The key to preventing many common penis problems or to promoting rapid healing of minor penis skin rashes lies in adequate attention to hygiene and nutrition. Bathing regularly and using mild cleansers, rather than soaps (which are often drying and can result in further irritation) is recommended. Wearing loose, comfortable clothing can allow the skin to breathe and discourage the growth of yeast and fungal infections in intimate areas.
Nourishing the penis skin with a male-specific penis health formula (most health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) containing skin nutrients such as vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as antioxidants and all-natural moisturizers, may help to reduce the incidence of infection, soothe irritated skin, and leave the penis looking and feeling smooth, supple and healthy.