When proudly unveiling the manhood, a guy wants to be sure that his equipment is going to make the best possible impression. That’s less likely to happen if a penis rash is present, causing his otherwise impressive member to look unhealthy - and possibly raising worries about his overall sexual and penis health. Many partners may worry that a penis rash could be a sign of some form of sexually-transmitted infection, but it’s very likely to be the result of something much more mundane - such as an allergy.

Since no man is pleased to present with red, swollen penis skin, learning about how an allergy can cause a penis rash is important.

Penis allergy

As Wikipedia puts it, an allergy is a condition "caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment that usually causes little or no problem in most people." Something that causes this reaction is referred to as an "allergen."

Most instances of a penis rash caused by an allergy are related to what dermatologists refer to as "contact dermatitis." This means that the skin reacts to coming into actual physical contact with something to which it has a negative association. Some allergy-related causes of penis rash include:

1) Soap, cleansers and shampoos. Penis skin is highly sensitive, and so it may experience an allergic reaction to harsh soaps or cleansers, or those that include fragrances. Although shampoo is generally relegated to the scalp, it often drips onto the penis - and some men do shampoo their pubic hair as well. If the shampoo contains a chemical that is disagreeable to the penis, a rash may result.

2) Laundry detergents and fabric softeners. As with soaps and shampoos, some laundry detergents or fabric softeners may include ingredients that send a red flag to the immune system. A penis rubbing up against underwear or trousers washed with such detergent may respond in an allergic manner.

3) Certain fabrics. In some cases, a man may be allergic to certain fabrics or materials. Usually, this affects the penis only if that material is cotton or nylon, typical fabrics used in underwear. However, if a man prefers to go without underwear, or if the allergy is especially intense, those with a reaction to denim, linen, wool or other fabrics may suffer.

4) Spermicides or lubricants. Although spermicides and lubricants are designed for sexual use, men with especially sensitive penis skin may find that they produce a rash. Sometimes switching from, say, an oil-based lubricant to a water-based one can help.

5) Latex condoms. Similarly, some men have a latex allergy, which can make utilizing traditional condoms difficult. Seeking out non-latex condoms is highly recommended for such men. By the same token, if a partner has a latex allergy, using non-latex condoms is suggested.

6) Semen. It’s extremely unlikely, but some men may experience seminal fluid hypersensitivity, which means that semen can create a rash. Cleaning the penis immediately upon ejaculation can sometimes help with this issue.

7) Chemicals. A whole range of chemicals can create a rash - so men with very sensitive penis skin should wash their hands before touching the penis for urination or masturbation, in case they have been handling an item with allergy-causing chemicals.

Taking steps to eliminate the likelihood of an allergy can spare a man an embarrassing penis rash. Using a first class penis health crème ( health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin ) can often help alleviate some of the itching and redness associated with penis rash. For this to occur, a man needs a crème with both a high-end emollient (such as Shea butter) and a natural hydrator (such as vitamin E), to help provide the soothing moisturization that the penis skin requires. It also pays to seek out a crème with vitamin D, as this "miracle vitamin" fights disease and helps support healthy cellular function of penis skin.