No man wants to whip it out and find he has a red penis. Sometimes, the discoloration is simply caused by the friction of a man’s hand, and a bit of redness can be expected after going at it hard (either solo or with a partner). But when the redness doesn’t subside and presents with other symptoms, it may be a sign that treatment is called for. Proper penis care dictates seeing a doctor for an accurate diagnosis when a problem arises. The following list of causes does not replace that step, but simply gives men an idea of what may be in store for them.

Contact Dermatitis

If a man develops a rash on his penis composed of small, itchy bumps, it could be contact dermatitis. This is an allergic reaction that skin can have to chemicals, dyes, perfumes, etc. in products we use. Delicate penile skin is susceptible to developing contact dermatitis from soaps, laundry detergents, fabric softeners, flavored condoms and spermicide. Treatment involves identifying the offending substance and removing it from a man’s routine.


Balanitis is characterized by redness and swelling of the head of the penis along with the foreskin. It generally occurs in intact men who have not been practicing the best hygiene. Bacteria builds up under the foreskin when smegma is not washed or wiped away often enough, and this can cause an infection. A doctor will determine the best treatment method based on the severity of the condition.

Yeast Infection

Most common in women, men can also get yeast infections that result in a red penis tip, itching and sometimes an abnormal white discharge from the urethra. Generally, antifungal creams are used to reduce the yeast population and restore balance. It’s a good idea to get this officially diagnosed, particularly if a man has never had a yeast infection before, because the symptoms of the condition are similar to those of some sexually transmitted infections.

Jock Itch

This highly itchy rash of small bumps has sharply-defined edges and can spread on the groin folds, thighs, buttocks, penis and testicles. It’s caused by a fungus called tinea cruris and is most common in men who sweat a lot in the nether region. An antifungal cream, along with steps to reduce moisture and heat in the area in the future, are usual treatments.


If a man has psoriasis on other parts of his body, he may notice it develop on the penis as well. It manifests in rough patches of skin that itch. Steroid creams are often prescribed to deal with this skin condition, but some may be too harsh for the penis, in which case alternative moisturizers can be tried.

Since there are different treatments for different causes of penile redness, it’s imperative for a man to nail down the true source first. Some men are self-conscious about going to a doctor for a penile problem, but medical professionals are there to help people solve physical problems. And besides, it’s highly unlikely that a man is bringing something to the table that would surprise or shock a medical professional.

Taking proper care of one’s penis can prevent some causes of redness, soreness and itching, such as jock itch and balanitis. Along with washing regularly, a man may consider using a penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) as part of his daily hygiene routine. A crème with vitamin A can help reduce bacteria on the manhood. Also, natural moisturizers like Shea butter and vitamin E should be included. These are gentle on the delicate skin, and, by keeping the skin hydrated and smooth, they can help reduce the risk of infections, since cracks in dry skin provide a harboring zone for fungi and bacteria. A man can show his love for his tool by taking good care of it.