A quick online search of the men’s health forums will show that one of the biggest concerns men express relates to penis warts and herpes. This concern is understandable, since sexually-transmitted infections, or STIs, are highly contagious, increasingly prevalent, and in some cases incurable.
However, although a wart or blemish on the penis can certainly raise instant alarm, these bumps are often less sinister than they seem. Many men mistake simple skin problems such as acne for symptoms of an STI. Knowing what to look for can help men to tell the difference between conditions like penis warts, herpes and ordinary pimples; and following the appropriate penis health care measures can help to clear up minor blemishes, as well as reducing the risk of more serious infection.
Recognizing penis warts
Penis warts, or genital warts, are typically caused by a sexually transmitted infection known as human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV can present as single bumps or clusters of warts which may appear flesh-colored, whitish or grey in color. They generally have a dome-shaped surface which may be rough, and they do not normally contain a fluid that can be squeezed out. While they may cause some discomfort during sex, they generally don’t demonstrate any other symptoms. Genital warts can appear anywhere on the penis, scrotum, inner thighs or around the anus and are highly transmittable.
Furthermore, men and women can carry HPV without any visible symptoms, but anyone carrying the virus can pass it on to a partner. Regular testing for HPV is strongly urged for anyone who is sexually active. The virus has been linked to increased risk of penile and cervical cancer, so vaccination is often recommended.
A large number of skin conditions can exhibit symptoms similar to those of herpes, so it is understandable that many people quickly assume the worst when these signs are present on the penis: fluid-filled blisters that may burst and scab over, small red sores, itching, and burning on urination are all indicators of genital herpes.
This disease is highly contagious, and anyone who is carrying the virus can spread it to a sexual partner, whether or not they are experiencing an outbreak. While the symptoms of herpes can be controlled to an extent, there is no known cure, so managing outbreaks becomes a lifetime need for anyone who is affected. It is recommended that anyone who experiences these symptoms be tested immediately; individuals who may be infected should abstain from sex until a firm diagnosis has been made.
Acne signs and symptoms
Acne can affect the skin of the penis as well as most other parts of the body. While it can present similar symptoms as infectious diseases, it is not contagious and cannot be transferred to another person. Acne is characterized by pus-filled bumps which may appear red and inflamed or have a white substance on the surface. Acne can appear as single blemishes, or several may occur within a small area on the skin.
This condition is caused by bacteria that are attracted to the oils and dead skin cells that may build up in the pores; outbreaks are often triggered by hormonal changes and occur most frequently in teens, although older men may experience them as well.
Daily care for the penis skin
Caring for the penis skin is essential in reducing the appearance of minor skin problems such as acne, as well as infected follicles, dry skin, stretch marks and other unwelcome imperfections. Attention to personal hygiene is essential, as daily washing can reduce the buildup of oils and dead skin cells that attract acne-causing bacteria.
Moisturizing can help to prevent over-drying of the skin and provide a moisture barrier against external invaders that can penetrate damaged dermal tissue and cause unsightly blemishes and marks.
Applying a penis nutrient cream (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) containing ingredients such as vitamin A – for fighting acne and scarring; vitamin C – for building collagen and healthy dermal cells; and vitamin E – for smoothing the skin and protecting from dehydration may help to reduce the appearance of skin impurities and leave the penis feeling smooth, supple and responsive.
For additional information on most common penis health issues, tips on improving penis sensitivity, and what to do to maintain a healthy penis, visit: http://www.penishealth101.com. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.
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