Hi. For almost two months now I've been getting this recurrent itch on my penis and also a bit on my scrotum and near the groin. It comes and goes and it's something that I think I've had before, but not recurrently in such a short period of time. The other times, which were only two that I recall, were in the last year and half, but they weren't so itchy as much as they were a bit painful and the skin was more reddened, but each time it was after sex and disappeared over night or almost, so I just figured it was an irritation due to poorly lubricated sex. I have herpes on my mouth and nose, and two months ago I had a mild outbreak on my upper lip, then after a weeks I had another, also mild, then when it was almost gone there it appeared inside my nostril, and then I had the flu and had one of the worst herpes outbreaks I've ever had, covering my upper lip almost completely with really aggressive sores. That's also about the time I got this itch on my penis. First it was just really dry and looked like eczema (I've had some before because of my allergies, but I don't think I ever had them on my penis), but I scratched and made a small tear in the skin that quickly turned into a brown thin crust. Then all of a sudden I had several marks like that, that almost looked like stretch marks all along the shaft, all on the same side. I used a zinc oxide ointment and it seemed to help with the itch and those marks didn't take long to disappear. Then I noticed some very small protuberant dots on my shaft, never on the gland, and I started stressing because I thought they could be blisters beginning to form and that it could be herpes. I've stressed about getting genital herpes ever since I found out many years ago that my oral herpes could pass on to my genitals if I wasn't careful and didn't wash my hands well before touching any other part of my skin after touching the herpes. I looked for genital herpes online but all the pictures I saw were nothing like what I had, which was more like sandpaper-like dry and itchy skin that sometimes was a bit reddened, and it disappeared in one or two days whether I used the zinc oxide ointment or aciclovir. I had this again two weeks ago. Again I was worried it could be herpes, and it was worse on the second day, but then on the third there was barely nothing and I was almost normal. And now it appeared again! Started yesterday and today it's worse and very itchy. The small sandpaper-like dots (I don't know if I should call them blisters because they don't seem to have any liquid inside and they're really very small) mostly run along a patch of darker skin on my shaft, on the side that touches the scrotum, but my scrotum doesn't itch much in comparison, although sometimes, especially when I wake up, it's also very itchy. I'm circumsized since I was a teen because I had what I think is called phimosis, and the house I was living in last month was very damp and mouldy, as was the house I lived before that, but the house I'm living in now isn't. I hope that helps in the diagnostic. This is bothering me more because I can't seem to get rid of it, so any help will be appreciated. I have an appointment with my physician in a week or so, but I'd really like an opinion before that.
Asked On : Tue, 2 Apr 2013