Dry Skin On Penis
There can be many reasons for dry skin on penis. Dry penis skin on its own is usually not a cause for concern and tends to be easily treatable.
It is though important to get the condition formally diagnosed, as penis dry skin can be indication of more serious problems and the consequences could be serious if left untreated.
Likely Causes For Dry Penis Skin
Penis dry skin is quite common and can happen to men at any age. It is usually the penis shaft or penis head that is dry, but dry testicle skin or scrotum are also well known.
Men usually experience more symptoms than dryness and those symptoms are important for getting the right diagnosis.
In addition to dry skin on penis, you may experience itching, cracking and / or weeping. The penis can be painful to touch, or feel hot and burning. You may also experience other penis problems, like blisters, sores, unpleasant odor, colored discharge, etc.
Most skin conditions, like allergies, eczema, and psoriasis, share similar skin condition, like flaky and itchy dry penis skin, even visible inflammation. While sexually transmitted diseases typically have many other symptoms in addition with dry skin on penis, e.g. blisters, unusually colored discharge or odor, pain when urinating, etc.
The penis skin is sensitive and can easily become sore and dry, e.g. rubbing the penis against clothing during foreplay, or not using lubrication when masturbating, can cause the penis to become dry and sore.
In many cases, dry skin on penis is caused by how we treat our penis skin on daily basis, i.e. before, during, and after sexual intercourse and masturbation. This is usually easy to treat, e.g. by moisturizing, wearing loose fitted underwear, and resting the penis until the condition has improved.
Skin allergy is another common reason for dry skin on penis. Men with sensitive skin can react badly to many common personal hygiene products, like soaps, deodorants and perfumes. Men can also be allergic to certain laundry detergents or the latex used in condoms.
Various skin conditions can also be the reason for your penis dry skin, e.g. dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema. They all share similar symptoms so you need to see a doctor for formal diagnosis (and treatment).
The most common symptoms are dry, flaky and itchy penis skin and the penis can feel hot and burning and even crack and weep. You may experience similar skin condition on other parts of your bodies. Psoriasis for example is common in elbows, knees, and scalp.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
It is important to eliminate sexually transmitted diseases as the cause of your dry penis skin, as the consequences of leaving STD untreated can be serious.
The different STD have different symptoms but dry penis skin is usually only one of them. So if you are experiencing other penis problems in addition with the dry skin, see a doctor as soon as possible to eliminate STD or other serious diseases.
Other common symptoms of STD include blisters, sores, bumps, unusual colored discharge, unpleasant odor, and pain when urinating.
Dry skin on penis can be one of the symptoms of penis cancer. Other symptoms can include changes in the color of the penis, blood coming from the tip of the penis, small bumps beneath the foreskin, unexplained penis pain, irregular swelling at the end of the penis, etc.
Some of those symptoms can be caused by other medical conditions. Penis pain is for example common symptom of Peyronie's disease.
However, seeing doctor and getting formal diagnosis is always the safest course of action for all penis health problems.
When To Get Worried Over Dry Penis Skin
As we have seen, the most common causes for dry skin on penis are not serious and easily treatable. It is still important to treat dry penis skin, as if left untreated it can result in more serious issues.
Usually moisturizing, wearing loose fitted underwear, and abstaining from sexual activities for few days will clear your dry skin condition. If you suffer from skin allergy or penis skin condition, then you might need some prescribed medication to help you get over it.
However, if the dry skin on penis does not heal and if it starts to spread or you have other penis problems, then you might suffer from some more serious condition, like STD or penis cancer.