What is penile itch?

Penile itch is a tickling, irritating sensation accompanied by the persistent need to scratch. It can be accompanied by the appearance of bumps, discolorations, or red spots on the genitals and testicular area. Related symptoms may include blisters; burning or pain; redness, warmth or swelling; scabbing; and scar tissue.

Penile itch can be extremely uncomfortable or awkward and create difficulty with urination, sexual relations, and daily activities. In addition to symptoms in and around your penis, and depending on the cause, penile itch can be accompanied by generalized symptoms, such as flu-like symptoms (fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains) and poor health in general.

Many sexually transmitted diseases can cause penile itch. These include herpes, genital warts (human papillomavirus, or HPV, infection), gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, scabies, pubic lice, and chlamydia.

Men who are uncircumcised (who have the foreskin remaining around the penis) are prone to balanitis, an inflammation of the foreskin that is often caused by poor hygiene, irritation, or infections.

Penile itch is not an emergency, but it may be a sign of a disease that can be transmitted to others. Seek prompt medical care if symptoms persist or cause you concern.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with penile itch?

Penile itch may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.... Read more about penile itchsymptoms

CAUSES

What causes penile itch?

Penile itch can have a number of different causes. Evaluating other symptoms in conjunction with it can help identify the cause. Sexually transmitted diseases are a common cause of penile itch, but the condition may arise from allergies, nonsexually transmitted infections, and irritation or inflammation from other causes.... Read more about penile itchcauses

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