For about the past 5 months I have had scaly, flaky skin in my inner ears and on the shaft of my penis. This is becoming increasingly worse. The skin on the penis is aggravated by sex and sometimes develops cuts. My ears develop a layer of very rough skin that eventually drys up and peels off (that is if I can avoid picking at it long enough for it to develop because of the itching). I think both of these problems is related since they are both bright red, and then get a layer of rough skin that grows and falls off, then goes through the same process again.
From the symptoms and treatment that you have described, it looks like eczema or dermatitis skin because steroids and emollients are very helpful in both of them. Allergic reaction is one of the important causes of eczema. Allergic reaction can occur to strong soaps, Solvents, chemicals, certain foods, food additives, plants, metals, cosmetics, even urine and faeces of some animals (dust mites).
Wash the areas several times with fresh water. Do not use any cosmetic products at the sites. You can apply some calamine lotion at the rash as it will help in soothing the skin. Also you can take some OTC oral antihistamine medications like Benadryl or Claritin and see if it helps.
For mild-moderate eczema a weak steroid may be used, whilst more severe cases require a higher-potency steroid but these should be used only after prescription. Eczema can be exacerbated by dryness of the skin. Use good quality moisturizers to prevent moisture loss from the skin.
If still the symptoms do not improve then please get a clinical examination done by a dermatologist. I hope it helps. Take care and regards.
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