From Thanksgiving through the end of the year, the holidays just keep coming one right after the other. It’s a special and joyous time of the year, and one that a guy doesn’t want marred by the intrusion of an especially itchy penis. Even guys who are experts at penis health may find themselves with an itchy penis at this time of year, and there can be many reasons from dry winter air to rough clothing to, yes, some of the foods that are eaten during the holidays. So let’s delve into foods that might be responsible for that itchy penis.

Anything goes

First, it has to be acknowledged that food reactions vary wildly from person to person, and it’s probably not an exaggeration to say that every food is going to cause a reaction in somebody, someplace. But there are some that are more likely to cause itchiness, and some of those are listed below.

- Milk. Yes, although milk (and products that contain milk) has very excellent health benefits, it also can be an itch trigger in many people. This is not the same as lactose intolerance, which may or may not also occur in a person whose skin becomes itchy from milk. In some people, the itch quotient (on the penis or elsewhere) is related to quantity consumed, so it may be possible for a person with a milk allergy to still drink small amounts with no side effect.

- Peanuts and tree nuts. It’s amazing how the once-ubiquitous peanut is often shunned now because of allergic reactions - and one of those can be itchy penis or itchy other body parts. But peanuts are not alone in the food/itching department - walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, almonds, and other nuts also can cause a fit of scratching. So if nuts make you go nuts, avoid dipping into that bowl of assorted nuts while waiting for holiday dinner to start.

- Eggs. Basically because of allergens in the white of the egg, many people find that they itch after a hearty farmer’s breakfast or even after eating any of the many, many foods that contain eggs as one of the ingredients. Using egg substitutes may be a way to help.

- Gluten grains. Wheat, rye, barley, bran, and oats all contain gluten, and even people who would not be considered gluten intolerant may have a reaction from eating too much. So perhaps reconsider whether that third helping of Grandma’s stuffing is really needed this year.

- Soy. For those non-vegetarians and non-vegans, it may seem like avoiding soy is a breeze - all you have to do is stay away from tofu and edamame, right? Not so fast. Soy is used in many, many processed foods. Check labels carefully if soy is likely to be an itchy penis trigger.

- Tomatoes. One of the most delicious and often-used foods, tomatoes unfortunately do trigger a lot of people. This is largely because tomatoes contain significant amounts of balsam of Peru, 1 of the 5 most prevalent food allergens in the world. This allergen is also found in cinnamon, chocolate, and colas, so beware of foods and drinks in these categories.

An itchy penis can make the holidays a little less cheerful and carefree, so in addition to watching food intake, a man should regularly apply a first-rate penis health oil (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). The best oil is going to contain a combination of moisturizers, such as a high-end emollient (like shea butter) and a natural hydrator (like vitamin E), which can keep the skin smooth and moist, so itching is less likely. It should also contain alpha lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant that fights free radicals and the oxidative damage they can cause to sensitive penis skin.