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Itching Skin
March 2002

Q. I am an uncircumcised male and I recently developed an itchy sensation on the head of my penis. It seems as if the skin on the tip is cracking and peeling off. Is this from some type of sexually transmitted disease? There is no white discharge, but it itches and burns.

A. Areas of the body where two skin surfaces touch produce a warm, moist environment. This can promote the growth of fungal organisms which can be present in small numbers on skin surfaces and are usually benign. A common example would be the skin rash on the feet commonly known as athlete's foot. The warmth and moisture can allow the organisms to proliferate and produce a rash fitting your description. See your doctor for an exam to make an accurate diagnosis and determine proper treatment.

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