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Penile itching home remedies

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Dr. Ankur KumarAyurvedic Doctor • 14 Years Exp.B.A.M.S, Diploma In Nutrition & Health Education (DNHE, PG Diploma In Hospital Managment
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Penile itching is a condition which may arise because of a sexually transmitted disease or not but it can be so serious that it can start disrupting your day to day life. 

Cause of penile itching

There are a lot of causes for this condition of penile itching and this may include a lot of sexually transmitted disease and some of the most common cause of penile itching are mentioned below: 

  • Genital Herpes: This medical condition of genital Herpes arises because of the infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV), this is known to trigger the pain and the problem of itching in the genital area and even on to the penis of a person. There is a possibility that the virus can lie dormant for a long time in your body, therefore it is also possible that most of the people do not even know that they have been affected with this condition because of this property of HSV. You can start to experience an outbreak which produces tiny clusters of some fluid filled blisters along with itching in your genital area.
  • Lichen nitidus: This condition of lichen nitidus makes a person experience inflammation in the skin cells which arises because of the tiny bumps which develop at different parts of your body that includes your penis as well. The bumps formed are usually in normal flat topped form, flesh colored and pin sized.
  • Candidiasis or male thrush: This condition of candidiasis is also known as male yeast infection and this condition of candidiasis is usually affecting or developing on the head of the penis. This condition can lead you to feel a burning sensation under the foreskin of your penis and on the top of your penis and this sensation is usually accompanied with itching, redness, rash and a cottage cheese-like discharge coming out of the penis under the foreskin.
  • Genital warts: This is a condition which is recognised in the form of small bumps appearing on the genital area of male and is really caused by a virus named as human papillomavirus (HPV). This is a sexually transmitted disease and this condition of genital warts looks flesh colored, resembles as a cauliflower and it can sometime result in bleeding or itching while you are doing intercourse.
  • Lichen planus and psoriasis: This condition of lichen planus results into an inflammatory situation which is known to affect various parts of your body mainly skin, nail and hair and among these your penis is also included. This can lead you to have itchy and flat topped blisters or bumps. Psoriasis is also considered as a chronic condition of your skin which can affect you penis as well, when the skin cells present in your penile region start to develop too quickly along with this condition you will start to notice an accumulation of so many skin cells on the surface of the skin which leads you to experience red patches of scaly skin and it also become itchy.

Causes of pubic itching

The itch you experience in the groin area is not only limited to the penis but it also occurs in your pubic parts as well and there are certain conditions or reasons that lead you to experience this problem and some of those conditions are mentioned below: 

  • Publice lice or crabs are in the form of tiny parasitic insects that will attach themselves to the hair and skin present in the pubic region.
  • Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a medical condition which arises in your skin because of a reaction with an allergen.
  • Folliculitis is a condition which makes your hair follicles inflamed.
  • Jock itch is a type of fungal infection that appears on the skin of your genital area.
  • Molluscum contagiosum is a type of benign viral infection that is affecting your skin.

Home remedies for penile itching

The itching in your penile region can be relieved for some time just by itching but you should know that this is a temporary relief and when you start to scratch a lot you may become prone to suffer an injury or any other kind of skin infection. To get rid of this medical condition there are a lot of medical treatment options available but apart from these there are some home remedies also available which may prove to be very effective and helpful and some of the most effective and easily available home remedies for this condition are listed below: 

  • Cold compress: The itching that is caused by an ingrown hair, scabies or a contact dermatitis could be relieved very easily with the help of this cold compress. In this remedy, you will be asked to apply a wet and cold cloth on your penis for 5 to 10 minutes or you can also put a ice pack on it which is wrapped in a towel. The cooling effect which is created by the cold compress will help you to ease up your inflammation that is caused due to urethritis and balanitis.
  • Colloidal oatmeal: This oatmeal is known to contain a lot of anti-inflammatory properties which are found to be helpful in the reduction of skin irritation which can be dryness or itchiness. You can prepare yourself an oatmeal bath just by sprinkling into the lukewarm water some amount of oatmeal grounds.
  • Apple cider vinegar: When the cause of your penile itch is found to be psoriasis then in that case apple cider vinegar may prove to be very helpful in getting you away from the itching and irritation. For using this you can mix a part of apple cider vinegar along with a part of water and after it is prepared you will have to apply this solution directly on your skin and then rinse the solution and let it dry for sometime. When you have a break or crack on the skin of the penis you should not be applying any kind of vinegar on it as the skin in that area may start to burn.
  • Baking soda: If you are suffering from yeast infection or thrush problem on your penis then you can apply baking soda on your penis to reduce the itchiness caused on the penis. For using this you have to mix a cup of baking soda to a lukewarm bath and you will have to soak or mix baking soda along with water to create a paste from it. You will have to apply this paste on your penis and then rinse it off after some time.
  • Dead sea salt: If you are suffering from this problem of penile itching and you want to get rid of this condition then you can use epsom salt or dead sea salt. For using this you will have to create a bath for yourself using this which will require you to add a little bit of salt in lukewarm water and you have to soak in it for 15 minutes.


You should not be ignorant at all towards a persistent kind of penile itching, although a lot of home remedies could act as a first line of defense for this condition of penile itching but you should immediately seek for medical assistance when the condition of itching does not improve of it get worse with him or you are experiencing some other symptoms associated with this condition.

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