Penis smells, bumps and itches FAQs
Why is my penis itchy?
Depending on where exactly it itches, there are a couple of possibilities
If it itches on the glans and this is red and sore, it may be balanitis. (Greek for inflammation of the acorn!) Possible causes include poor hygiene, sensitivity to a new soap or shower gel or having sex with a woman with thrush. Try washing your penis carefully in warm, salty water.
It could also be caused by a skin disease like psoriasis. If you think you may have this, see your doctor.
If it's elsewhere in the groin area, it could be jock itch which is caused by the same fungus as athlete's foot - the tinea fungus. It thrives in warm, moist conditions which is a good description of the average bloke's pants. Wash with unperfumed soaps, dry thoroughly and avoid tight nylon underpants. (Sorry, Superman.) See your GP if the problem persists.
Why is my penis smelly/covered in white bits?
Wash it. The foreskin has a natural lubricant underneath it called smegma. This helps you and your partner during sex. But if you don't wash regularly — once a day, no more - it can become unpleasant and smelly appearing as blotchy white bits. If left, this can become infected and cause irritation and balanitis.
Why is my penis dribbling a discharge?
If your penis produces something other than urine or semen. it could well be a sign of a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Other signs of an STD include itching or lumps and pain when peeing.
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