Eczema On Penis

Although it can be painful, irritating, and embarrassing to some people, eczema on the penis is not a serious medical condition.

The condition, also known as penile dermatitis, can be caused by contact with an allergen or an irritant. This is known as contact dermatitis. Penile eczema can easily be managed; however, it may lead to further infections if not taken care of properly. A man who notices a rash on his genitals, should also be checked for sexually transmitted diseases, as they can manifest in ways similar to dermatitis.

Types of Contact Dermatitis

There are two types of contact dermatitis: allergic contact dermatitis and irritant contact dermatitis. Both are caused by contact with either an allergen or an irritant. There are a number of things that can act both as an irritant and an allergen - from latex used for making condoms to deodorants and chemicals used in soaps. When it comes to penile eczema, even the fabric softeners used when washing underwear can trigger a reaction.


Commonly, the symptoms of penile dermatitis are:

  • Redness of skin
  • Inflammation
  • Dry and scaly skin
  • Blisters
  • Pain

Penile dermatitis can be present on both the shaft and the glans. The skin reddens or becomes lighter in men with darker complexions. A rash develops on the affected area, usually followed by itching or even painful sensation. The skin becomes dry, may become scaly, and sometimes, blisters develop. All of this can cause significant pain and discomfort if trying to have sex while having a breakout.

Depending on the location of the inflammation, it may cause discomfort when urinating. If scratched, the skin in the affected area may break, which can cause infections and further discomfort.


Penile eczema is treated by:

  • Removing the cause
  • Steroid creams
  • Antifungals and antibiotics

A mild case of penile eczema will usually go away on its own once you remove the cause, so there would be no need for a medical course of treatment. If needed, a doctor may prescribe steroid creams that are used to deal with inflammation and itching. If the eczema leads to an infection, antifungals are used to deal with fungal infections, and antibiotics are used if the infection is bacterial.

Home Care for Eczema Of The Penis

  • Keep the skin dry - Men that have penile eczema should keep the skin dry. This means no more long baths, regular change of underwear after sweating, and it would be best to avoid having sex until the condition subsides.
  • Hydrate the skin - Dry skin is also a problem when having penile eczema, and it should be dealt with by keeping the skin hydrated.
  • Bathing rules - When bathing, it would be best to avoid perfumed soaps and hot water. Lukewarm water, mild soap, and gently rinsing should keep the condition from getting worse. When using a towel, it's better to gently pat your penis until it's dry than to rub it, as it can cause the skin of the affected area to break.
  • Avoid scratching - Above all, men with penile eczema should avoid scratching. Scratching can cause skin damage just as rubbing with a towel after washing can, and that can lead to infections.

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