When a powerful stench wafts from a man’s crotch, it can be a major source of embarrassment. As bad as penis odor may be when the penis is safely behind a pair of trousers, imagine how much worse it will be when the penis freed from its confinement. Does that sound like the kind of situation that will inspire a partner to invite the penis over for entertainment? Practicing appropriate penis care is essential for combatting penis odor, but it also pays to know the cause. One of the causes may not be so obvious: trichomycosis pubis, a condition which primarily affects the hair shafts of the penis and scrotum.

What it is

Trichomycosis is a condition that more frequently develops in the armpits, but it can also make a home in the penile area, hence the designation of "pubis" in the name. It’s a mouthful of a name, but what exactly is it?

"Tricho" is a term referring to hair; "mycosis" tends to refer to a fungal infection. Thus it would seem that trichomycosis would be a fungal infection of the hair. But the name is deceiving. Trichomycosis does indeed affect the hair, but it is a bacterial infection, not a fungal infection.

In trichomycosis pubis, an issue develops in the pubic hair of the penis and/or scrotum. Hair shafts leading to sweat glands become covered with sticky nodules, typically of a yellow, black or red hue. This creamy secretion clings to the hair, forming small clumps.

What it does

The nodules are bacterial-based, derived from bacteria in the sweat which pours out, travels along the hair shaft and congregates there. Not all bacteria cause the condition, only specific members of the cornebacterium family.

When these guys get together and create the clumps, they also often bring with them an intense urge to scratch. They can cause some redness to appear on the skin near the base of the hair follicles, creating a rash-like condition.

In many instances, trichomycosis pubis is accompanied by an overwhelming stench. This is due to both the nature of the bacteria involved, the over-accumulation of these bacteria in a small area and the heat-and-sweat conditions that are typically associated with the groin. In a man already inclined to penis odor, this can create a truly overpowering smell.

Men who sweat more are increasingly likely to become targets of trichomycosis pubis. It is also not unusual for a man with the condition in the crotch to also develop it in the armpits (or vice versa).


Typically, doctors recommend shaving the infected area as the first step in treating the problem. Antibiotic creams are then applied for a given period of time.

Most cases do go away relatively quickly with treatment; however, many men have frequent recurrences, especially if they do not take steps to ensure proper hygiene in the groin. Those who suffer from frequent recurrences might want to ‘manscape’ on a regular basis or keep the area shaved altogether.

Fighting penis odor, especially when trichomycosis pubis is involved, requires keeping the health of the penis at the forefront of the fight. This is best accomplished by regular use of a top notch penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) . For optimal results, selecting a crème that includes vitamins A and D is strongly advised. Because of the role of bacteria in creating penis odor, an effective antibacterial ingredient is needed, and vitamin A fits that bill. Vitamin D is also welcome. Vitamin D has demonstrated proven benefits in fighting diseases and supporting healthy cellular function. With the best crème, proper penis health is far easier to come by.