Penis odor and possible diseases
Penis odor isn’t unusual – often it can be eliminated with good hygiene and breathable fabric. Men who are uncircumcised may develop skin cell buildup underneath their foreskin due to poor hygiene, which can lead to infection. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can also cause an odor. However, if you feel like the scent has changed or grown stronger, it may be a sign of an underlying condition or possible disease. So what is Penis odor and possible diseases?
A fungal infection, also known as ‘jock itch’ can cause odor Other symptoms might include redness or scaling of the skin of the groin or itching. If you have these symptoms, you will need an anti fungal cream or medication, which your primary care doctor can prescribe for you.
Another possible cause of odor would be bacterial overgrowth on the skin. Bacteria live in covered and moist areas of the skin like the groin, feeding off of the skin’s natural sweat and oil secretions and causing odor.
A urinary tract infection occurs when bacteria or a virus infects part of your urinary tract. A UTI can cause a fishy odor in the groin or penis area. This can be caused by sexual activity, kidney stones, enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia), diabetes, etc.
- a frequent need to pee, without much flow
- a burning sensation when you pee
- cloudy or pink urine
Good hygiene can usually remove any normal penis odor. This includes washing regularly, keeping well trimmed pubic hair, and wearing breathable underwear. If your odor persists and you experience other symptoms such as pain or difficulty urinating, you should see your doctor.