If a man periodically scratches his head and foreskin, there is nothing to worry about, but if the process is of a chronic nature, there is a greater likelihood of developing fungal or venereal diseases. Not only that severe itching in the penis can cause a lot of discomfort, so there is also a high risk of infecting close people (especially sexual partners). A dermatovenerologist should be contacted if the itching does not go away within 3-5 days, and the accompanying symptoms in the form of rashes on the head or foreskin are added to it.
Immediately it should be reassured that if a man scratches his head and foreskin several times a month, then this is absolutely normal. If itching is regular and is aggravated by additional symptoms, then there is a possibility of the following diseases:
- Candidiasis. One of the main and unpleasant symptoms of male thrush is severe itching of the head of the penis, continuing even at night. However, this is not the only symptom and in most cases it is accompanied by redness, unpleasant smell, white cheesy bloom and red spots on the head. The skin along the entire length of the penis is dry, cracks may appear. There are cases when all of these symptoms disappear spontaneously, and the patient considered himself recovered. In such cases, the disease becomes chronic and the slightest provocation (lack of hygiene or unprotected sexual intercourse) can provoke a relapse. Over time, itching can spread to the perianal area.
- Contact dermatitis. A very common phenomenon, especially in men who prefer synthetic underwear. It may manifest as a severe itching of the penis head and small red pimples. In rare cases, puffiness and soreness appear. The reason may lie in synthetic underpants as well as in a condom or in its lubrication. Even laundry detergent that remains on the laundry after rinsing can trigger an allergic reaction.
- Venereal diseases. Almost all sexually transmitted diseases are accompanied by redness, secretions and subjective sensations. For example, gonorrhea always manifests itself in the form of pain when urinating, discharge from the urethra (especially in the morning) and intolerable itching of the head and foreskin of the penis. But chlamydia is not always accompanied by pronounced symptomatology and there are many cases in which the acute process (usually lasting for 1-2 weeks and accompanied by the fact that the head is scratched and there is a scanty transparent discharge from the urethra) has subsided and the person is sure that he is completely healthy, he lived as if nothing had happened.
Even genital herpes can cause the head of the penis in a man to itch very much. But, there are characteristic signs – watery vesicles localized in the groin and on the genitals.
If the itch does not subside within 3-5 days, it is better not to self-medicate and immediately contact a dermatovenereologist for help. This is especially true for men who are sexually active, as there is a tendency for sexually transmitted and fungal diseases to resolve themselves and transform into a chronic form that is difficult to treat.
If the head is scratched inside, but there are no rashes or secretions, then you can wash the genitals of the lungs with a solution of potassium permanganate. The procedure can be performed 1 time per day for 2-3 days, in the absence of improvement, immediately consult a doctor. You can get rid of contact dermatitis only by eliminating the allergen. For this you need to figure out what could cause an allergic reaction. It is necessary to sort out all the substances that have come into contact with the affected area in the last 24 hours. It can be not only a condom or underwear, but also wool trousers, a washcloth and even shower gel.
More difficult is the situation with thrush, which is diagnosed not only by examining the clinical picture, but also by conducting laboratory tests of smears and scrapings taken from the head and urethra of the penis. In case of confirmation of the anomalous activity of Candida fungi, the doctor may prescribe the following drugs:
All ointments for thrush for men can be prescribed to women, who must also be treated if a candidal infection is found in their sexual partner. You can try to treat thrush at home, but such methods are usually resorted to after doctors could not help or financial opportunities are severely limited. There is one drawback of such treatment – the likelihood of harming yourself with drugs that require the correct dosage.