Summer is a time for love, and many a man has a plan or two up his sleeve when it comes to summertime romance – whether they are looking forward to a special getaway with a partner or hoping to meet someone new and interesting.
But as much fun as warm-weather activities can be, they can take a toll on the penis, and men might find that their package is not quite up to snuff when it comes time to drop his shorts. Fortunately, with the right approach to penis care, a little fun in the sun does not have to lead to an unsightly penis rash or unhealthy, peeling skin.
Some of the common causes of summertime penis rash are described here, as well as tips for banishing them, or avoiding them altogether.
- Heat rash – While the sight of a penis rash on a hot day can send a man into panic, one of the most common causes is also one of the least worrisome. Sweating, combined with the natural warmth of the pelvic region, can lead to heat rash, which appears as a scattering of red dots or bumps on the skin. Wearing loose-fitting clothing, washing every day, and applying a moisturizer or powder to the area can help to eliminate an unsightly red penis rash.
- Dermatitis – With less clothing comes more potential for contact with the outside environment, and more than one man has had an embarrassing encounter with poison ivy, poison oak, or other plant-based irritants. Certain sunscreens and other lotions may also cause an unpleasant skin reaction resulting in a penis rash. After coming in contact with a potential irritant, it is important to wash the area thoroughly to remove any traces of the offending substance; applying an anti-itch cream and letting the area heal is generally all that is needed.
- Skin allergies – Latex allergies are common and can develop even in men who have previously used latex condoms without incident. Men who experience itching, redness or a rash after using a condom should avoid latex, looking for an alternate material instead.
- Sunburn – Men do not have to sunbathe in the nude to sustain a sunburn in this most delicate of areas; the sun’s UV rays are perfectly capable of burning right through the clothing. Even men who plan to stay covered up should slather on the sunscreen to avoid a red penis. Choosing beachwear made with UV-blocking fabrics is also a good idea.
- Jock itch – The fungus responsible for jock itch thrives in warm, moist conditions, making a sweaty pelvic area an ideal haven for growth. To avoid developing an itchy, spreading rash, men should refrain from sharing towels, clothing or other personal items. Keeping the area clean is also a must, and applying an anti-fungal medication if an infection does appear can help to clear it up.
- Yeast infection – Like jock itch, the Candida yeast that causes yeast infection likes warm weather. Adding a damp bathing suit or a sweaty pair of shorts to the mix makes for the perfect environment for yeast overgrowth. Men who develop an itchy rash, peeling skin and/or a thick, whitish discharge should see a doctor for diagnosis; over-the-counter antifungal creams are generally effective for treating this condition.
Healthy penis care tips – the benefits of skin nutrients
Like the rest of the body, the penis requires good nutrition to resist infection, rebuild damaged cells and stay fit and functioning well. Applying a penis health formula (most health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) after a daily shower can help men to ensure that their penis receives the direct benefits of skin-friendly vitamins, antioxidants, and moisturizers needed to smooth the skin, protect against environmental damage, and heal damaged dermal tissue.