Learn How To
Manage Penis Eczema,
So It Is Not Such A Sore Point

Also known as Penile Dermatitis, penis eczema can be itchy, sore, and cause a great deal of discomfort.

It is sometimes mistaken for other conditions, including some sexually transmitted diseases.

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 be avoided.

  • Latex Allergy. The main cause would be from using condoms.
  • Cleansing Products. Be aware of the products that you use when bathing and showering. So many are full of perfumes and chemicals, that can irritate the skin
  • 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 vigorous exercise.

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.

Conventional Treatment

  • 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
  • Antihistamines. 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 thinner.

Natural Remedies

  • 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 and itching
  • 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.

Self Management

  • 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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