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Top 10 Dry Skin on the Penis Causes

  1. 1.Penile Irritation

    Irritation of the penis is common, and can come from a number of benign causes. Common causes include cleaning with a new kind of soap, cleaning too much, or chaffing.

    You should only clean your penis very lightly with a damp cloth. Do not use soap or scrub very hard. You should not wear tight underwear or pants until symptoms resolve. Petroleum jelly can help with irritation, but avoid lotions or cremes, as the perfumes and other chemicals in them can worsen irritation.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    penis itch, penile redness
    Symptoms that never occur with penile irritation:
    fever, painful urination, testicle pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Urethritis

    Urethritis is an inflammation of the urethra, which is the tube that carries urine away from the bladder.

    You should visit your physician for an examination. It is likely antibiotics will be used for treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful urination, penis pain, fluid leaking, pink/blood-tinged urine, cloudy urine
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Gonococcal Urethritis

    Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a germ (bacterium) called the gonococcus. This bacterium is spread by sexual contact, or through transmission during childbirth, and causes inflammation of the urethra, which is the tube that passes urine.

    You should go to a retail clinic to be treated. They may likely refer you to be tested for sexually transmitted infections. If gonorrhea is confirmed, prescription antibiotics will be used for treatment. Please make sure you have protected intercourse until you have been tested.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    painful urination, fluid leaking, redness at the tip of the penis, spontaneous testicle pain, testicular swelling
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Chlamydia (Male)

    Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is spread by sexual contact. It can often be carried without symptoms, but can have serious health effects if left untreated.

    You should visit a physician to confirm the diagnosis and begin an antibiotic regiment immediately.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful urination, sudden urgency to urinate, testicle pain, fluid leaking, frequent urination
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    You should go to your local pharmacy or retail clinic to be treated. The usual treatment for atopic eczema involves avoiding irritants and other triggers, using moisturizers to prevent inflammation, as well as steroid creams and ointments when the inflammation flares up.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  6. 6.Non - Specific Dermatitis (Skin Inflammation)

    Dermatitis is the inflammation ("-itis") of the skin ("derma" is a layer of the skin). It can be caused by any number of causes, from allergies to infections to autoimmune issues. Dermatitis of Normal Variation (also called, "NOS") means that all of those other causes of your rash have been ruled out. This is very common.

    You can treat this at home and the rash should go away on its own. In the meantime, you can use an anti-histamine (both by mouth OR as an ointment), or a topical corticosteroid to treat the itch and/or pain due to the rash.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    red rash, itchy rash, painful rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific dermatitis (skin inflammation):
    red rash
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Hives

    Urticaria are itchy, temporary rashes that rarely become swollen. It is often referred to as "hives."

    You can safely treat this condition on your own as long as you does not develop trouble breathing. Any antihistamine (like Zyrtec, Clarinex, etc) works.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    red or pink, rough patch of skin, itchy rash, curved rash, insect bite or sting, hives, red swollen bumps or patches with a pale center
    Symptoms that always occur with hives:
    red or pink, rough patch of skin
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  8. 8.Non - Specific Skin Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    At this time, you do not need treatment for this rash. If it worsens, you may need to consult a physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific skin rash:
    rash
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  9. 9.Benign Skin Growth

    Seborrheic keratosis is a condition that causes wart-like growths on the skin. The growths are benign (not-cancerous) and look like stuck-on plaques.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign. However, if the lesion changes at all you should visit your physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constant skin changes, itchy rash, rash with well-defined border, abdominal skin changes, neck skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with benign skin growth:
    constant skin changes
    Symptoms that never occur with benign skin growth:
    cherry red lower leg bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  10. 10.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    You and those you have been in contact with should visit a primary care physician within the next 24 hours, where a diagnosis can be made. Treatment with medical creams will kill the mites and their eggs. Please limit contact with other persons during this time.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, scrotal itch, penis itch, penile redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Dry Skin on the Penis

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you notice anything going on with your penis?
  • Q.Do you feel pain when you urinate?
  • Q.Are you currently sexually active?

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Dry Skin on the Penis Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced dry skin on the penis have also experienced:

    • 18% Penile Skin Changes
    • 5% Penis Itch
    • 5% Loss of Appetite
  • People who have experienced dry skin on the penis were most often matched with:

    • 28% Penile Irritation
    • 28% Urethritis
    • 10% Gonococcal Urethritis

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