How To Treat Friction Burns On My Penis
If you're reading this, chances are you or someone you know has experienced penile friction burn, whether it's friction burn on the shaft or elsewhere on the male genitalia. While it may be tempting to laugh it off as a case of "oops, I got a little too excited," the truth is that friction burn on the penis can be excruciating and even lead to serious long-term medical problems.
What causes friction burn on the penis?
A friction burn is a type of heat burn that can cause pain and redness. Penile chafing is most often caused by vigorous sex or masturbation without lubricant. The penis is not self-lubricating, so when it rubs against something else without any lubrication, it can cause the skin of the penis to tear and heal with a scar. In some cases, friction burns can also be caused by wearing tight clothing that rubs against the penis repeatedly.
What causes friction burn on the penis head?
Chafing isn't the only reason for an irritated member. If the head of the penis is red, you may have balanitis.
Balanitis is a common infection from poor hygiene. Uncircumcised men have a higher possibility of this ailment due to smegma. Always wash your genitals and hands before and after intercourse.
Use unscented soap, water and a clean washcloth. Make sure to dry your penis after washing.
If it burns when you pee, then you may have a more serious issue.
Other reasons for discomfort and penile redness include the following:
- Sexually transmitted infections. Chlamydia and genital herpes can cause pain in the penis.
- Medical conditions. Eczema, urethritis, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and yeast infections may also cause penile pain.
- Other skin-related issues. Allergic reactions and scabies dermatitis could be responsible for discomfort in the penis.
How can I prevent friction burn on my penis?
There are several things you can do to avoid getting a friction burn on your penis:
- Use lubricant during sexual activity. This will help reduce friction and prevent the skin from tearing. Use a water-based lubricant over oil-based options. Oil-based lubricants can destroy latex condoms.
- Avoid dry sex. If your partner is not lubricated enough, their vagina or anus can cause friction burns on your penis.
- Be careful with new partners. If you're not familiar with each other's bodies yet, take things slowly to avoid unintentional injuries.
- Check for sores or cuts before sexual activity. If you or your partner has any open wounds, sexual activity can introduce bacteria and make the situation worse.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing. Tight clothing can rub against the penis and eventually lead to a friction burn.
How can I treat friction burn at home?
If you do find yourself with a friction burn on your penis, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain:
- Apply pressure. Applying pressure to the area can help stop any bleeding.
- Rinse with warm water. This will help clean the area and remove any irritants that could make the pain worse. You can also use mild soap if needed.
- Apply an antibiotic ointment to the shaft. This will help keep infection at bay while the area heals. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before applying any lotion or cream to your penis.
- Place a cold, wet towel on the area for 20 minutes at a time. This will help reduce swelling and pain. Do not apply ice directly to your skin as this could further damage tissue.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication if needed. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen can both help ease pain and inflammation.
- Petroleum jelly and unscented moisturizers can also expedite the healing process.
Friction burns on the penis are no laughing matter. They can be extremely painful and even lead to long-term medical problems if left untreated. If you find yourself with a friction burn on your penis, there are steps you can take at home to ease the pain and promote healing.
However, it's always best to seek medical attention if you have any concerns about your health. Until then, stay safe (and lubricated) out there.