The goal of first rate penis health is to ensure the penis is kept in prime condition not just for sexual function but to avoid mundane day-to-day problems. Since sometimes a “minor” problem – like an itchy penis – can be caused by something of more concern, it’s always a good idea to pay attention to things like a sore or itchy penis to see what may be causing the issue. In the case of itchiness, one cause to be considered is scabies.
A familiar name
Scabies is one of those terms that many men know but they have only some vague knowledge on what it is. So just what are scabies?
Sarcoptes scabiei is the medical name for scabies, and it refers to little bitty parasites. Scabies generally travel in groups, and when a troupe of them gets on a person’s skin – say, on or near the penis – they often mate. The male then conveniently dies and isn’t a problem anymore. The female, on the other hand, decides that this penis would be a grand spot to raise her children. She digs down underneath the skin and deposits her eggs there. And we’re talking a lot of eggs – as many as three a day for up to two months, after which she dies.
But before she dies, those eggs are hatching. Scabies go from egg to adult in less than two weeks, so while that first female is laying eggs, her progeny are also getting busy and laying eggs. It’s easy to see that this can lead to a condition where a guy ends up with a ton of scabies on his penis – and elsewhere on his body, as they can spread quite easily.
Scabies create a rash that can really, really itch. In some ways this is a good thing, as it alerts a man to the presence of these tiny mites. The problem is that it may take a month or more for the itchy penis rash to develop, by which time dozens of mites may be all over the body.
Scabies can be caught by contact with an infected object (such as a towel or bedclothes), but most often they are spread via skin-to-skin contact. That means that they can quite easily be spread during sex, so a man who has scabies should refrain from partner-based sex until he is sure he has been cleansed of all signs of scabies.
So how does a guy get rid of scabies? First he needs to visit a doctor to confirm that his problem is indeed due to scabies. Once diagnosed, the doctor will likely prescribe a treatment using a pesticide called a scabicide, which is formulated to attack and kill scabies. It is a cream applied to the entire body; in some cases, it needs to stay on for up to 10 hours on the first day of application. Some other varieties of treatment have different time intervals.
In addition, the home will need to be cleaned as thoroughly as possible, both in terms of laundry and household items and objects, including carpeting.
Scabies is a nasty beast when it comes to a persistently itchy penis and the rash that develops. Regular use of a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can help soothe the itchiness by keeping the skin properly moisturized. Use a crème with Shea butter, which heals and rejuvenates damaged skin, and with vitamins D and E. Vitamin D is called the miracle vitamin for its ability to battle disease and support healthy cellular function. Vitamin E helps to lock in moisture, soothing rashy, scarred penis skin.