When a man confronts itching, redness, and a burning sensation from the penis, he usually becomes worried. These are the telltale symptoms of a sexually transmitted disease. Some men however run into these even though they are in a long-term, committed, monogamous relationship, use condoms, or are sexually inactive. There are other reasons however that one may experience such discomfort besides that which is caused by an STD. One cause is inverse psoriasis. This is when boils or lesions develop on the shaft or even the tip of the male organ. Tight fitting clothes or spermicidal creams may cause these. A doctor can offer a topical cream to clear this problem up. Another common cause is ringworm. This is a fungal infection of a skin which can leave a ring shaped patch. Here, you may find it on the penis. Usually, it spreads from skin-to-skin contact. It can often be found in moist areas. The obese are more likely to acquire it.
The urethra is the tube through which urine exits the bladder and the body. When it gets infected, we call this urethritis. This can cause burning, itching, and redness in the penis. Blood may pass out of the body through the urine or semen as well. Luckily, this condition can be cleared up with antibiotics. When a hair follicle gets clogged by bacteria or fungus, a skin condition called folliculitis can occur. This usually happens on the back, legs, even the face. But it can also appear on the penis. Usually, boils or blisters around the follicle may result. If you shave the groin area, pimples and boils are more likely to occur. Have you noticed a swelling of the foreskin or head of the penis? This may be balanitis. This can be very painful and is usually caused by an overgrowth of bacteria due to poor hygiene. It mostly affects uncircumcised men. No matter whether caused by an STD or some other type of infection, any man experiencing redness, itching or burning of the penis or genitals should contact a physician or urologist. Such a condition must be treated before it gets worse, or causes complications. Also, all sexually active adults should be tested for STDs at least once per year, according to the CDC.