Itching of the penis

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Yoshinori Abe

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Content updated on May 23, 2022


Itching may occur on the shaft, tip, or throughout the penis. Sexually transmitted infections, bacterial infections, skin disorders, yeast infections, fungal infections, and shaving are all possible causes of itching.

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Groin pain

Possible Causes

  • Condyloma Acuminatum

    Commonly called a genital wart, this is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV).

  • Genital herpes

    This is a sexually transmitted disease caused by Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). It causes painful, small blisters over the private parts.

  • Balanoposthitis

    This refers to inflammation over the tip of the penis and foreskin. This is a result of irritation of skin from poor hygiene or from a sexually transmitted infection.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you feel an itch in your penis?

  • Do you have any rash on your skin?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Have you been bitten, scratched, stung by bugs (ex. bees) or animals (ex. dogs, cats, wild animals)

  • Have you recently eaten or come into contact with known allergy causing items?

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