Penile Itching

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Itching in the area of the penis or external genital organs occurs for many of the same reasons that itching occurs elsewhere on the body. Infections, including sexually transmitted infections, are a primary cause of penile itching. Jock itch, the term used to refer to an inflammation and irritation of the groin area, may spread to the penis and result in itching. Causes include fungal infections, scabies, pubic lice, tight undergarments, allergic reaction, skin friction, bacterial infection, and other conditions. Sometimes, systemic diseases such as chickenpox can spread to the genital areas, resulting in itching.

Patients may experience the related symptoms of Anal Itching, Blood In Semen, and/or Blood In Urine.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/22/2012

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REFERENCE:

Wiederkehr, Michael, and Robert A. Schwartz. "Tinea Cruris." eMedicine.com. Dec. 2, 2009. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1091806-overview>.

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