An itchy glans affects many men of all ages. The symptom can occur once or permanently, often accompanied by other symptoms. The causes can vary and diseases that require treatment do not always have to be behind them.
In order to make a diagnosis, it is important whether the itching occurs continuously or, for example, when urinating and whether it is related to past intercourse. If this is the case, the sexual partner should be informed if possible so that a diagnosis and treatment can be carried out for both parties.
Itching of the glans is a symptom that occurs in various clinical pictures. This is also the case with eczema of the glans.
In many cases, the itching is also accompanied by other symptoms. A pain, swelling, redness, and weeping glans can all indicate inflammation of the glans. Inflammation of the glans, also known as "balanitis", can be caused by pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and parasites, but above all by fungi. Such pathogen-related infections cannot always be traced back to a cause. However, the most common infections arise from poor hygiene or are transmitted during sexual intercourse.
Itching of the glans can also result from an allergic reaction. Some men have contact allergies to certain substances that are found in some underwear. Latex allergies, which can cause problems when using condoms containing latex, are also possible.
As a result, a rash forms which can be accompanied by severe itching on the glans. From now on, contact with the triggering material should be avoided; the allergic reaction usually disappears by itself. However, if extremely severe redness or swelling occurs, a doctor must be consulted.
It is also conceivable that the itching only indicates irritation. This is possible after the sexual act, but the glans can also be irritated by wearing the wrong or too tight underwear. Once the cause has been eliminated, the itching should go away on its own.
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Glans itches and is red
If the glans is reddened in addition to itching, it can be assumed that there is more irritation or inflammation. The redness should be observed. If the itching and reddening persist for a few hours to days, the exact cause must be clarified by a urologist.
It should be observed whether further symptoms are recognizable. Pain when urinating or ejaculating is also often noticeable. If the glans is swollen, overheated and wet, these are clear indications of a pathogen-related infection. The inflammation mainly affects the glans and foreskin. One speaks of a "balanitis" or a "posthitis".
Such inflammations must be treated causally by a doctor with creams or antibiotics, as they often do not go away on their own. If you have recently had intercourse, your sexual partner should be examined and treated as such infections can spread.
If the glans is reddened, an allergy can also be the cause. Allergic reactions also manifest as itching and redness, sometimes as swelling.
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Whitish coating on the glans
A white coating on the glans is often associated with itching. The glands on the penis themselves can partially produce this secretion. It is often located under the foreskin and can be easily removed while washing. The whitish coating therefore does not have to be a sign of acute inflammation. However, for reasons of hygiene, the covering should be removed so that no potential bacteria are transmitted to the woman during sexual intercourse. Men who have been circumcised have significantly fewer infections but also white coatings on the glans.
On the other hand, a white coating and itching can be a typical symptom of genital fungus. This does not only occur in women. In men, it can attack the glans. The fungus grows optimally in warm and humid conditions. Therefore, with whitish coatings, make sure that the glans does not get wet and that it is clean and dry under the foreskin.
If you notice a whitish coating, ask your urologist, who can treat a fungal infection with antifungal ointments if necessary.
Glans itches and peels
The skin on the glans is very regenerative and permanently forms new layers of skin. If the glans peels, this only affects the superficial layer and initially poses no danger. The reasons for this vary. Often times when the skin is peeling it is a sign of dryness. The glans can also be affected. Moisturizing creams can help.
If you spend too long in the sun without clothes, the sunlight on the sensitive glans can also be the cause of the itching and peeling.
Often times it is associated with a peeling glans Fungal diseases described. After using ointments to treat fungi, the glans may become too dry and peel. Once the treatment is over, it should recover on its own.
Glans itches and smells
A unpleasant smell on the genitals can be traced back to many causes. It must be precisely differentiated when and where the odor occurs. It can Ejaculate, of the urine or that Genital itself be the odor-causing factor.
Often times show unpleasant Smells, together with humidity, on a weeping inflammation down.
If the smell affects the genitals itself, one can too lack of hygiene be the cause. In this case, it should be washed thoroughly, especially under the foreskin. If the smell returns after a short time, the doctor should clarify whether there is an inflammation.
It can be distinguished where the inflammation is located. Especially the smell urine uncomfortable, one can Inflammation of the bladder exist. Often it also hurts when urinating. They can urethra but also the bladder to be affected. Urinary tract infections are much less common in men than in women, but can still occur.
The external genitalia can also be affected by the unpleasant odor and inflammation. It must also be clarified whether there are any further symptoms. The sexual partner could also be affected in this case.
Glans itches after intercourse
Some men experience itching of the glans after sexual intercourse. The cause does not necessarily have to be inflammation by a pathogen. During sexual intercourse, mechanical external irritation and contact with body fluids often lead to irritation of the male genitals, which can manifest as reddening, itching or rashes.
The same symptoms can occur with contact allergies. Some men are allergic to latex products, silicone, or plastic. Some utensils used in traffic can cause such allergies. In this case, contact with the material should be avoided and it should be observed whether the itching subsides by itself.
However, all pathogen-related infections that cause any symptoms of inflammation in the male glans can also be transmitted through intercourse. The usual sexually transmitted diseases are caused by fungi, bacteria and parasites. Often both sexual partners are affected and both must be treated.
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Glans itches after masturbation
Some men are plagued by the itchiness that can occur after masturbation. This can be used as a Follow the irritation caused by mechanical stress.
However, itching is often described along with the Feeling of need to urinate about ten minutes after the masturbation. This is likely to be an irritation and irritation of the urethra. This itching is not dangerous and usually goes away by itself after a while.
The symptom occurs increased after alcohol consumption.
Glans itches - what to do?
The symptoms on the glans should be observed. Often irritations, allergic reactions or slight inflammations subside by themselves. However, if the symptoms are extremely severe or persist for several days, it is advisable to see a urologist.
He will initiate investigations based on the symptoms. Often these include one smear from the acorn and one Urine sample. Both samples can be used to determine in the laboratory whether there is an inflammation and which pathogen caused the inflammation.
In the case of bacterial infections, a antibiotic prescribed by which the pathogen is completely eliminated in a few days to weeks. In the case of fungal infections, the doctor can use so-calledAntifungal drugs“That eliminate the fungus over a longer period of time.
In any case, in the case of the pathogen-related inflammation of the genital, the Sexual partners are also treatedas transmission is likely.
Inflammation is in most cases uncomfortable but for the most part not dangerous. However, since they do not always heal on their own, treatment by a doctor is often necessary.
Home remedies for itchy glans
If the glans is itchy, attention should always be paid to the genital area as few external stimuli as possible is exposed. These include pants or underwear that are too tight, which irritate the glans, as well as ointments or materials that can trigger minor allergic reactions. It should also be permanent hygiene Care should be taken, especially under the foreskin.
Circumcised men are far less likely to suffer from inflammation and irritation of the glans. On the other hand, however, too much cleaning can damage the skin flora on the limb and promote inflammation.
In the case of fungal infections, moisturizing creams are strongly discouraged as they promote and encourage infection. If there is reasonable suspicion of inflammation, home remedies should be stopped and a doctor should be consulted.