Most men, especially those who are active with a partner, are on high alert for any changes or abnormalities of the male organ skin. When rashes, bumps or other lesions appear, guys will often jump to the conclusion that they have contracted a partner-transmitted disease – HSV is often the first concern men will bring up with their doctors when attempting to diagnose a male organ skin problem.
While HSV is highly contagious and is certainly something to watch out for, a number of other conditions can cause similar symptoms. Knowing the signs and risk factors described below and understanding the best approach to male organ care can help men to narrow down the possible causes of abnormalities on the male organ and get the treatment they need to clear up the problem as quickly as possible.
1. Yeast infection (thrush) – Yeast infection in men is just as common as in women, although relatively few men are aware that they can develop symptoms of thrush. This condition is the result of an overgrowth of yeast spores on the skin – often caused by changes in body chemistry – and can present as a skin rash, itching, redness, burning on urination, and a white, lumpy discharge.
2. Balanitis – This condition is more common in men who are uncut and affects the head of the male organ. It is characterized by redness, swelling, soreness, an unpleasant-smelling discharge, rash or red dots, and the appearance of cracked, irritated skin.
3. Dermatitis – Dermatitis is similar to an allergic reaction and occurs when the skin comes in contact with irritants such as the chemicals found in many shampoos, soaps, and laundry detergents. It can also be caused by natural irritants such as poison ivy or poison oak. An itchy male organ rash, redness, and soreness or discomfort can indicate a skin sensitivity to any of these materials.
4. Folliculitis – Infection of the follicles can occur anywhere on the body and cause unpleasant symptoms such as rash, extreme itching, and red bumps which may or may not have a whitish substance inside. There are multiple causes of folliculitis. In many cases, this condition goes away on its own after a week or so, but it may require medical treatment depending on the exact cause.
5. Pelvic warts – Pelvic warts can consist of single lesions or small clusters of growths on the skin. They may be flesh-colored and smooth, or they may have a rough, grayish surface. Pelvic warts are caused by HPV, or human papillomavirus, and are transmitted through intimate contact. Men who are affected should abstain from relations and follow a doctor’s recommendations for treatment.
6. HSV – HSV is one of the most common partner-transmitted diseases, and there is currently no permanent cure. HSV may appear as red bumps, male organ rash or blisters; the lesions are often fluid-filled and will tend to break open and scab over. The sores can be treated with medications, but the disease can be transmitted to a partner even when no rash is present.
Recommended male organ care
In order to keep the male organ as healthy as possible and to reduce the risks of contracting a contagious or difficult-to-cure male organ condition, men should make caring for the equipment a priority. First and foremost in protecting against disease, men should always use a latex barrier, unless they are in a committed relationship where both partners have tested negative for a range of partner-transmitted diseases. Keeping the male organ clean also goes a long way toward preventing minor skin infections; using mild cleansers for washing and laundering can help to reduce the risk of skin rashes and inflammation.
Using an all-natural male organ vitamin cream (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) containing male organ-specific skin nutrients and moisturizers may also help to improve the condition of the manhood skin, as well as boosting its resistance to environmental invaders.