Also known as Penile
Dermatitis, penis eczema can be itchy, sore, and cause a great deal
It is sometimes
mistaken for other conditions, including some sexually transmitted
It can be found on any
part of the area, including the penis and the scrotum.
The symptoms of penis
eczema are the same as with most other types of eczema.
The severity of the
symptoms will depend on whether your eczema has flared up or has been
irritated. There a few reasons why an outbreak may occur.
The Causes Of Penis Eczema
This type of eczema can be
brought on by a number of things. Some are unavoidable, but some can
- Latex Allergy. The
main cause would be from using condoms.
Products. Be aware of the products that you use when bathing and
showering. So many are full of perfumes and chemicals, that can irritate
- Clothing. The
tightness and the material of underwear and outer clothing can be an
irritant. As well as some of the dyes and chemicals in them
- Heat. Again, if
you are wearing tight clothing the skin is going to get very warm.
This can make the skin very itchy and sore
- Sweat. You are
more prone to sweat irritation if you have a physical job, or do
Carry on reading to
find out the best treatments and self management tips to help you
combat your penis eczema.
Treatment and Self Management
The areas affected by
penis eczema are very sensitive. Because of this it is recommended to
use treatments that are less harsh on the skin.
- Emollients. Can be
used as often as needed. Keep the skin moisturised, helping to
prevent skin breakage, and further damage
- Topical Steroids.
Reduce inflammation. It is recommended that you only use a topical
steroid that has been prescribed by your doctor. They will give you
the lowest strength of treatment that you need
These can help to reduce the itching. Can be helpful at night
UV light therapy is
sometimes used. But some doctors would advise against it, as there is
a risk of burning. Especially as the skin in the genital area is
- Colloidal Oatmeal.
A good moisturiser, that helps to relieve itching
- Cold Compress. Wet
a soft flannel under the tap. Wring it out so it is damp. And apply
it to the affected area. It helps to cool the skin, reducing hotness
- Aloe Vera. There
are several ways you can use aloe vera. Both internally and
externally. And they both help to manage eczema
You can read more about other natural remedies and home remedies for eczema by clicking on the links.
- Wear loose fitting
cotton underwear. Change them regularly, and rinse them well after
washing to remove all of the detergent
- Use latex free
condoms. You can buy them in most chemists and supermarkets. Or you
could look into a different method of contraception
- Bathe and shower
using products free of chemicals and perfumes. And bathe or shower
regularly to keep the area clean
- After bathing, pat
the skin dry. Make sure to dry the skin thoroughly. Moisture
encourages bacteria to grow
- Avoid shaving,
waxing and using hair removal products around the affected area.
When your skin is clear of eczema, you may be able to use them, with
care. But when you have a flare up, it is best to avoid them
- Liberally use an
emollient after having a bath or shower. Stops the skin drying out
so much, helping to prevent the skin from breaking
- Try and stay as
cool as you can. Avoid tight clothing, especially in the summer, and
drink plenty of water
- Frequently change
your baby's nappy. The dampness of a used nappy can irritate the
already sensitive skin
Any condition affecting
the penis may cause the sufferer some embarrassment.
There is no need to
feel embarrassed, your doctor has seen everything. It is very
important to get any condition diagnosed correctly.
Once diagnosed your
doctor will recommend and prescribe the right treatment for you.
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