Dermatitis of the penis often doesn't require treatment unless it causes severe irritation or discomfort. Sometimes corticosteroid creams may be used to stop itching and to reduce inflammation. Oftentimes dermatitis is caused by exposure of the skin to irritating substances, including chemicals in laundry detergents or fragrances in soaps. For this reason, part of any treatment for penis dermatitis should include avoiding these substances.
Symptoms that can occur with dermatitis of the penis include redness, swelling, itching, and other discomfort. This may occur on the head of the penis, or anywhere along the shaft. Occasionally, discharge may also be noted. Since these symptoms are also commonly reported with many sexually transmitted diseases, so they should be investigated by a doctor to rule out these conditions. Once it has been determined that a sexually transmitted infection isn't to blame, the doctor will likely provide a cream to reduce inflammation and discomfort.
If dpenis dermatitis is being caused by exposure to chemicals and other substances, symptoms may recur or fail to improve until those chemicals are removed from the atmosphere. Those who are using a scented laundry detergent, soap, or other substance which comes in contact with the body should remove all potential irritants. They can be slowly reintroduced one at a time to determine which one is causing the issues.
Sometimes, dermatitis of the penis will occur after sexual contact with someone who has been using these products, or after using personal lubricant or condoms. In other cases, the penis may become irritated after being exposed to moisture for long periods of time. Sex itself may also cause irritation if intercourse is prolonged. Although not contagious, it is often best to avoid sex until symptoms begin to heal to avoid making symptoms worse.
Mild cases of dermatitis will likely require no treatment to cure them, since they often disappear on their own once irritants are removed. Treatment is typically needed to help with discomfort. Occasionally, additional treatment may be necessary in severe cases when the condition is caused by non-irritant sources. For instance, dermatitis of the penis is occasionally caused by fungal infections. These are often spread from a sexual partner who is suffering from a vaginal yeast infection, and an anti-fungal cream is typically needed.