What is Itchy Penis?

An itchy sensation on any part of the penis may be the entire penis or the head of the penis (or the glans penis). 

Causes Of Itchy Penis

There are numerous causes of an itchy Penis 

  • 1. STIs (sexually transmitted Infections) 
  • 2. Bacterial infections
  • 3. Skin conditions
  • 4. Yeast infections
  • 5. Fungal infections
  • 6. Shaving
  • 7. Viral infections 
  • 8. Psoriasis
  • 9. Scabies

Viral infections include genital herpes caused by HSV (herpes simplex virus). The infection leads to itching and pain in the genital areas, especially the penis. After infection, a person may remain asymptomatic for years before getting any itching, pain or blisters (rare).

Genital warts are also viral diseases resulting from HPV (Human Papillomavirus). The bumps are red and itchy; they may cause bleeding during intercourse.

Yeast infections like candidiasis usually develop on the penis head, causing itching, redness, and rash on the foreskin and penis head. It may cause discharge (cheesy substance)

Psoriasis is a penile skin infection that develops quickly, causing red patches on the skin of the penis that become itchy.

Scabies occurs under the skin of the genital area, mainly the penis head. These are small mites causing intense itching in the region of the penis.

Itchy Penis Treatments

For treating an itchy Penis, various medications are recommended by the doctors like 

  • 1. Antibiotic medication- to relieve infection caused due to bacterial growth on penile skin)
  • 2. Antihistamine – To relieve allergies and irritation in the penile skin 
  • 3. Steroid creams – to relieve pain, itching, rashes, redness, and inflammation)
  • 4. Antifungal medication – To eliminate or restrict the fungal growth on the penile skin
  • 5. Moisturizers and anti-itch topical creams are specially designed to treat the penis area
  • 6. Gentle washing of the intimate areas like penis head and foreskin 
  • 7. A warm bath can be taken to relieve intense itching
  • 8. Mild genital cleanser must be used for washing (example -baby wash)

Itchy Penis Head 

Itchy and irritated penis head is balanitis that occurs mainly because of an unclean and uncircumcised Penis.

Itchy penis after sex

The penis and surrounding areas can become itchy in some people after having sex due for the following reasons:

  • 1. Dry skin 
  • 2. No lubrication
  • 3. No self-care
  • 4. Lots of friction during sex
  • 5. Rash 
  • 6. STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections)
  • 7. Allergic reactions

Itchy Penis Cream

Steroid creams retard and restrict the growth of microbes like hydrocortisone.

Antifungal creams like clotrimazole

How Common is Itchy Penis?

An itchy penis is a common problem for microbial infections – bacterial infections, viral infections, fungal infections, and protozoal infections. Allergies, unsuitable clothing, rough or dry sex.


Different measures to prevent an itchy Penis:

  • 1. Maintain good hygiene
  • 2. Bath daily
  • 3. Use good soap
  • 4. Get circumcised 
  • 5. Clean nicely to remove dirt, dead cells and accumulated bacteria

Home Remedies Of Itchy Penis

Cold compression 

Cold compression can be used to get relief from an itchy Penis. Applying a wet, cold cotton cloth for a few minutes eases the inflammation of the penis.

Colloidal oatmeal

Colloidal oatmeal has been known for its anti-inflammatory qualities. It helps reduce skin infections causing irritation, itchiness, redness, and dryness. An oatmeal bath can be prepared by sprinkling it in warm bathing water.

Apple cider vinegar

Vinegar is a mild acid to help stop penile itching, rash, and irritation caused by psoriasis. The acid can be made mild by diluting it with water. The diluted solution can be applied to the penis or rinsed. It is important not to apply the mix if the penis is cracked or burned.

Dead Sea salt

Dead Sea salt is a remedy for itchy penis caused by psoriasis. Dead sea salt, called Epsom salt, can be mixed with warm water.

Baking soda

Baking soda help against penile skin infection mainly caused by yeast. Baking soda is mixed with warm water to take a bath or apply to the infected penile area as a paste.

When to see a Doctor?

Inflammation, itching and redness caused by allergens go away when the skin is not exposed to the allergens. The doctor needs to be consulted if the irritation, itching and rashes on the penis take longer to heal or worsen with time. Excessive abnormal discharge, pain and blisters need proper examination and diagnosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to do if the penis is itching?

  • 1. Topical ointments can be used to relieve itchy penis
  • 2. Do not wear unsuitable clothing or tight underwear
  • 3. Clean the penis regularly with a clean cloth
  • 4. Harsh soaps or scrubs should be avoided completely
  • 5. Steroid ointments can be used as recommended
  • 6. Pain relievers can also be used

How can I stop itching at night?

  • 1. Apply lubricating cream or moisturizer
  • 2. A cool, wet compress can be applied
  • 3. A warm water bath can be taken before sleeping
  • 4. Oatmeal and baking soda can be added to bathing water.

Which cream can be used to get rid of itching?

Clotrimazole is recommended mostly in case of penile itching. Antifungal cream prevents fungal infections that are most often the cause of itching on the penis.

Does itching mean healing or infection?

In the process of healing wounds and infections, itching is normal. The accumulation of inflammatory cytokines in the area of the wound or infection causes itching.

Can sperm cause itching?

Yes, sperm may cause itching. Itching due to sperms occurs due to hypersensitivity reaction or semen allergy.

Can I use salt water to wash my private part?

Yes, private parts, including the penis, can be washed and cleaned with salt water (or saline solution). The saline solution provides comfort and ease in itching on the penis. It is mainly recommended to prevent in case of any risk of getting infections.

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