The Itchy Penis and Sweaty Crotch - What to Do to Keep Things Fresh

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The Itchy Penis and Sweaty Crotch - What to Do to Keep Things Fresh Photo by John Dugan

Although a man sometimes puts his hands down his pants to have a good time, it’s more often a sign of an itchy penis - and with all the sweating that goes on in the crotch area, it’s no wonder that the penis can be an itch factory. Fortunately, the wise man knows that a little extra penis care can help to keep an itchy penis under better control.


A penis can itch for any number of reasons, but often the reason has a link back to sweat. Sweat by itself can create an itchy sensation, as the little droplets can create a need to scratch as they travel across the skin. Of course, a skin rash can cause itching as well - and many skin rashes show up on the penis or the accompanying area as a result of the bacteria that often accompanies sweat. An infection can also create an itchy situation, and some infections are caused by or irritated by the bacteria being carried around by…well, sweat.

Why sweat?

Many men wonder, "Why is sweating even necessary?" Those who perspire like a horse and find summer a particularly challenging time of year are often prone to this sentiment.

The truth is that sweat is a very important part of the body’s protective system. Although it may seem inconvenient and embarrassing, it is nature’ own air conditioning system, as the sweat generated when one is hot provides a thin coating of moisture which helps to cool the body down. It also helps to remove waste products from the body (which partially accounts for the odor that accompanies the perspiration!).

Sweat glands

Sweat occurs (not surprisingly) in areas where there are sweat glands. Sweat glands are found in almost all parts of the body, including the testicles and the penis - but not in the glans of the penis, only in the shaft.

Some men who are intact may experience times when their penis is especially sweat-prone. This is because (1) the heat of the foreskin layer creates a bit more of an opportunity for sweat, and (2) the sweat can sometimes become trapped between the foreskin and the shaft.

Often, when men talk about sweat on the penis, they are actually talking about a mixture of sweat (from the sweat glands) and oil (from the sebaceous glands), as well as other possible liquids such as pre-seminal fluid.

Stopping the itch by stemming the sweat

There are several steps a man can take to lessen the amount of crotch sweat and therefore impact how itchy his penis may be. These include:

1) Airing out the equipment. Keeping the penis buried beneath both a pair of underwear and trousers easily leads to overheating; letting the penis "roam free" for a while in the privacy of one’s own home can help to cool it off and allow some of the sweaty aroma to dissipate.

2) Shaving. Trimming or completely shaving the pubic hair will make the crotch cooler and less prone to sweat.

3) Underwearing sensibly. Tight briefs or boxer briefs tend to create a compression situation which leads to increased heat and more sweat. Loose-fitting cotton boxers may be a better alternative for many men.

4) Washing. It’s important to wash the penis frequently; for most men, daily washing is necessary. However, men need to make sure that they use a mild soap that will not irritate or dry out the penis skin.

5) Using a cream. Daily use of a first rate penis health cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil) is crucial for overall penis health and can play a big role in preventing an itchy penis. It’s important to find a cream that includes a knock-out moisturizing combination (such as a high end emollient like shea butter and a natural hydrator like vitamin E) in order to moisturize the skin; ironically, sweat depletes the skin of moisture and causes it to dry out. Also needed in the cream: vitamin A. This vitamin has anti-bacterial properties, which a sweaty penis needs; as it fights the bacteria, it also helps reduce unwanted penis odor - a major complaint of many female partners.

Author's Profile

Visit for more information about treating common penis health problems, including soreness, redness and loss of penis sensation. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous online web sites.

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