The Common Causes Of Penis Allergies

If you’re a sexually active man, an itchy red penis can be alarming. It has to be an STD, right? Thankfully, that’s not always the case, so don’t be so quick to jump to conclusions. Sometimes, sex can cause allergy symptoms in sneaky ways.

Take a step back and look at your sexual practices. Certain habits or products may be the reason behind itchy, irritated skin on the penis. And don’t worry, you’re probably not allergic to vaginal fluid. There’s a better chance that your skin is sensitive to a certain chemical or compound.

Finding the source of the problem might require a doctor’s help. Until then, consider these 7 potential causes of penis allergies.

1. Latex Allergy

It could be a latex allergy

You might be allergic to latex. It’s a pretty rare allergy, but it is certainly not unheard of! Less than 1 percent of Americans are affected, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.1 A skin reaction can be immediate or delayed, often showing up as hives, itching, and irritation.

If

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this is the case, latex condoms are a no-go. Instead, try synthetic versions made of polyurethane or natural membrane condoms made from lamb intestines.2

2. Condom Additives

Fragrance, flavor, colors, or pleasure enhancers are added to condoms

Manufacturers may add fragrance, flavor, colors, or pleasure enhancers to condoms. This can easily cause irritation, especially if you have sensitive skin. Try simple, unflavored, and unscented condoms instead.3

3. Spermicide Hypersensitivity

Offending ingredients may also include spermicides in both condoms and lubricants

Offending

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ingredients may also include spermicides in both condoms and lubricants. In fact, men are more likely to be sensitive to these compounds. Nonoxynol-9 may is known for causing irritation and soreness, but benzocaine, monophenoxypolyethoxy derivatives, hexylresorcinol, chloramine, or quinine may also cause issues.4

4. Lubricant Allergy

You could develop a lubricant allergy

Even though personal lubricants are meant for skin contact, it’s possible to be allergic to the ingredients. For instance, propylene glycol is used in K-Y Jelly. Allergic reactions have been reported, causing symptoms such as severe dermatitis, swelling, scaling, and crusting.5

Try switching lubricants and see if that helps. Look for versions made with all-natural, organic ingredients.

5.
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Lack Of Lubrication

Lack of natural fluids could cause an allergic reaction

At the same time, staying lubricated is still important. Lack of natural fluids may lead to excess friction, soreness, and discomfort. It’s best to wait or use lube to avoid dry and painful sex.

6. Partner’s Products

The allergic reaction could be from the products your partner uses on their body

From lotions to makeup, your partner probably uses quite a few products. It’s also possible that your penis might not be a fan! Skin-to-skin contact can come during oral sex, vaginal intercourse, or foreplay. Even topical medication can cause problems.6

7. Yeast Infection

Unprotected sex with a woman who has an yeast infection can give you an allergic reaction

It’s

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also possible for men to get yeast infections. About 15 percent of men who have unprotected sex with a woman who has one will develop an itchy rash. If you’re uncircumcised or have diabetes, the risk is higher.

Visit the doctor for an anti-fungal medication. If your partner also has a yeast infection, both of you should finish treatment before having sex again. It’s the best way to avoid passing the infection back and forth.7

Have you ruled out all these causes, only to be left with an itchy and irritated penis? Make an appointment with the doctor. It could be something as simple as jock itch, or something more serious.

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