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Tingling in the glans: Causes and treatment

by Alivia Nyhan
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Of course, the penis is one of the most sensitive areas of the male anatomy and one of the most cared for. Paresthesias are “strange” sensations in an area of ​​the skin. They can appear as prickling, numbness, or tingling and can occur for several reasons. An inflammatory reaction, diabetes, or compression of the pelvic nerves are some causes.

I invite you to read this article by FastlyHealin which we answer the following question: ” why do I feel a tingling in my glans? “.

What is paresthesia

A paresthesia is a strange sensation on the skin. The skin is full of tiny receptors that give information about different feelings, such as pain, temperature, pressure, position, etc.

These receptors send signals to the brain through nerves. Some areas are much more sensitive than others and, therefore, there is more nerve innervation there. The penis is one of the areas of the male body with the most innervation. Hence it is one of the most sensitive areas of its anatomy.

Paresthesias are those unusual sensations that occur on the skin. Almost all of us have experienced, for example, numbness of an arm when sleeping in the wrong position. That is paresthesia.

In most cases, it is temporary, but it can become a rather chronic problem in others.

What other symptoms may appear besides tingling

As I have told you, the skin has numerous information sensors. When for some reason, those sensors or the nerves that carry and bring information from the brain do not work well, paresthesia can appear.

In those cases, there may be a series of symptoms, among which tingling is one of the most common, but others may also appear, such as:

  • Punctures or shoelaces.
  • Little pain that comes and goes.
  • Less sensitivity.
  • Feeling of numbness
  • Discomfort during sexual intercourse.

Causes of tingling in the glans

Understanding that those affected are the receptors in the skin or the nerves that carry the sensations; you can imagine that the causes of the tingling in the penis can be the most varied. Among them, the following can be mentioned:

Inflammatory reaction on the skin

Whether you have applied a new cream or oil or have some irritation to the delicate skin of the penis, you may feel tingling and even pain.

Observe if the coloration is more reddish, if you identify any injury, or you notice the discomfort after having placed a new product.

What to do?

If you notice an inflammatory reaction in this delicate area, as a first measure, try not to apply creams, ointments, or hygiene products. Just clean the area with warm water, and gently, you can use a neutral soap.

On the other hand, if the discomfort persists, you should consult one or a professional who will be able to identify the nature of the inflammation and will help you in the best way.

Among the natural remedies that you can resort to is the infusion of calendula; yes, make sure not to spend a long time without consulting a doctor because you can aggravate the problem.


A genitourinary infection can lead to inflammation of the urethra. This is the tube that runs inside the penis and is related to the reproductive area and also to the urinary tract.

When this area becomes inflamed or infected, several symptoms can occur, such as:

  • Discomfort such as burning or pain when urinating.
  • Feeling of not having urinated enough.
  • Secretion.
  • Itching or burning in the glans.
  • Redness
  • Inflammation.
  • Tingling or a feeling of swelling

What to do?

If you have these symptoms, you must consult one or a professional, as you need a good diagnosis and appropriate treatment. The symptoms are usually quite annoying, so the consultation is not usually delayed.

Depending on your case, the person who attends you may request tests, indicate an antibiotic cream or oral, anti-inflammatory, or other medication.

Pelvic nerve compression

One of the most common but less known causes of tingling in the penis is compression of the nerve. This nerve crosses the pelvis and is responsible for collecting the sensitivity of the entire genital area and part of the gluteal area.

It is widespread to be compressed by inflammation, especially in cyclists or people who sit in an inappropriate posture or on hard surfaces, even more so in those who carry weight or exert themselves excessively.

In addition to the tingling, you may feel pain in your buttocks, groin, and upper thigh area. You may experience a burning sensation and even itching throughout the region.

What to do?

It is a chronic problem that cannot be solved for many people. The key is to identify it and treat it appropriately.

There are specialized centers in the pelvic area, but it is also a treatment that a well-trained physiotherapist can perform.

The key is to deflate the area to decompress the nerve. It is essential to also work on posture and use ergonomic seats on the bicycle or where you sit.


One of the main problems in those who suffer from this disease is nerve disorders. Problems in the kidneys, in the sensation of the legs, in the eyes …, all this due to neuropathies.

That is how it can also affect the penis: decreasing sensitivity, causing paresthesia, and even causing erection problems.

What to do?

The usual diabetes treatments try to lower blood sugar levels, but they do not go to the root cause of why the sugar is not well regulated; they will treat the symptom.

You should know that if you correct your habits, diabetes can improve from its base, avoiding all series of complications in the future. Food, exercise, and adequate and not excessive rest are some keys.

When paresthesia occurs, there is usually not much to do other than controlling the sugar levels so that it does not worsen. Still, if you correct what is causing diabetes, you can improve the paresthesia and other disorders.

Other neuropathies

Other conditions that can cause nerve problems are:

  • Excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Tobacco use.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Poor nutrition with a lack of vitamins.

What to do?

The most important thing is to know the cause for which the nerves are suffering. If you notice that the tingling in the glans is persistent and even other symptoms appear, it is advisable to go to a trusted doctor. Determining the origin of the alteration will surely help you solve the problem more adequately and faster.


blow to the pelvic area and the back can cause nerve disorders due to inflammation, compression, or even injury to the nerves.

From pain to tingling, many abnormal sensations can appear.

What to do?

If you have suffered significant trauma in the area and the symptoms began from there, you must be evaluated in a health center.

If you have suffered a recent trauma, you can apply cold to the area and even take an anti-inflammatory until you make the consultation, which should not be delayed for a long time. Remember that when the complaints become chronic, they are increasingly difficult to treat.


It is not very common, but it has been reported that finasteride (commonly known as Viagra ) to generate and maintain erections can cause a tingling sensation and even pain in the penis as a side effect.

If this is your case, do not hesitate to inform your doctor or family doctor and, obviously, do not use this medication again unless it has explicitly been indicated, for example, due to pulmonary fibrosis, in which case you should inform about the adverse effect and evaluate other forms of treatment.

This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.

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