They’re red, painful, and sometimes filled with pus. Penis blisters are unsightly and can cause a man to panic when he finds one. It’s important to point out, blisters on the penis can be caused by a variety of things, and not all of them are sexually transmitted diseases. However, most penis blisters have a specific cause that will usually call for the intervention of a medical practitioner. Once the possible cause is found, a treatment plan can be swiftly put into place. Furthermore, incorporating some common-sense penis care rules can help men to avoid blisters on their penis in the first place.
Penis Blister Causes
Here are some of the most commonly cited causes for penis blisters:
1) Folliculitis. This is where infected hair follicles create pus-filled blisters, generally around the hair shaft. It’s not contagious and will clear up on its own. However, adding a product that helps with razor burn, like Tend Skin, can help; as well as a proper grooming protocol involving regular cleansing and moisturizing with bi-weekly exfoliation.
2) Friction. Any sort of continual or vigorous dry rubbing can build up friction and cause blisters. Avoid wearing too-tight pants; and during any intimate contact (solo or with a partner), be sure to be properly lubricated.
3) Yeast infection. They aren’t just for women! Men too have Candida yeast in the body, and it can overgrow, causing itching, redness, swelling, chunky white discharge, and white blisters on the penis. Usually, treatment involves topical antifungal creams. It can be contagious, so refrain from sex and talk to any current sexual partners so they can get treated as well.
4) Herpes. The herpes simplex virus (HSV) is one of the most common causes of penis blisters, and blisters in the pelvic region overall and is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Herpes is spread through intimate contact and can cause watery blisters which eventually burst and crust over, leading to itching and redness. Those with HSV will require lifetime treatment to control outbreaks as there is currently no cure.
5) Syphilis. Syphilis is another common sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria. It leads to symptoms such as fever, skin rash, swollen lymph glands, and hair loss. If caught in the early stages, it can be treated. If left untreated, this disease can lead to blindness, loss of cognition, and even death.
There are other causes of penis blisters, but these rank among the highest.
How to Keep Penis Blisters at Bay
By adding a few practical and easy tips to a man’s lifestyle, he can do his best to ensure when he looks southward in the morning, there are only clear skies.
First, a note about intimacy. Take care to practice safe sex. That doesn’t just mean using protection, that also means having in-depth conversations with partners. Herpes, for instance, usually lies dormant for a while after an outbreak, so it wouldn’t be visually apparent, but it can still be contracted. When having sex or self-pleasuring, be sure to reduce friction by using a quality lubricant.
Second, have good hygiene habits. Wash daily with a gentle cleanser and warm water. Pat dry and then moisturize the area with a specially formulated penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin). Cremes such as these not only soothe the skin but also keep the area clean and bacteria free. Opt for cremes which a natural moisturizing base like Shea butter and vitamin E. Adding vitamins A, B, C, and D for their skin-soothing and cell regeneration properties is also a great idea.