Penis itching

    • Brief

    • You may experience itching on the shaft, tip or all over the penis. This is usually caused by a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or a skin condition. You may experience itching alongside other symptoms, such as inflammation, bumps or discharge.

      If the itch does not go away after a few days or it worsens, see a healthcare provider for assessment and treatment.

    • What are the causes?

    • Penis itching can be caused by any of the following:

      • Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as herpes, syphilis and gonorrhoea.
      • Skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.
      • Shaving your private parts.
      • Being overweight or obese
      • Wearing tight clothing.
      • Fungal or bacterial infection of the urinary tract.
      • Skin allergies.
      • Diabetes.
    • When to visit a doctor?

    • If your symptoms worsen, you should seek medical attention. If you notice any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately:

      • Blisters, discharge or a rash around your private parts.
      • Discomfort while peeing.
      • Discolouration of your penis
      • Unusual warmth or swelling of the penis.
      • A bad smell from the penis.
      • Bleeding from the penis.
      • High fever.

      If you have an underlying medical condition, such as diabetes, seek medical help.

    • How to prevent?

    • Try the following to prevent itching of the penis:

      • Maintain proper hygiene by bathing regularly.
      • After bathing, dry the penis thoroughly, also the tip of the penis (glans).
      • Wear clean, loose-fitting undergarments.
      • Do not put perfume on your private parts.
      • Use condoms when having sex to prevent sexually transmitted infections.
      • Use a lubricant or cream when shaving your private parts.
    • How to manage and treat?

    • Self-care tips:

      If you start to feel itchy around the penis, try the following to ease the discomfort:

      • Apply a cold towel to the penis area for 5 to 10 minutes.
      • If the skin appears dry, massage a moisturiser (like coconut oil) on the genital area.
      • Avoid sexual activity to prevent skin irritation and a possible infection spreading.
      • Soak a cotton swab with alcohol and rub it on the affected area.

      Treatment options:

      Consult a healthcare professional if the itching around the penis continues. Your healthcare provider may take some of these steps:

      • Request a skin biopsy to identify the source of the itch.
      • Order a blood or urine test to determine if you have a STI.
      • Prescribe antiallergy, antifungal or antibiotic medications to treat infections.
      • Prescribe an anti-itch cream or ointment to soothe the itching.
    • Kulawa cares

    • Penis itching is unpleasant and can interfere with your daily life and sex life. In most cases, the itching will resolve after practising the self-care tips above. If you experience severe itching or if your condition does not improve, you should see a healthcare provider.