How to Tame that Itchy, Scratchy Scrotum
Let’s start by knowing where the scrotum is. This is a sac that encloses the testicles of a man. It’s found at the base of the male sexual organ. It’s very sensitive simply because it is covered most of the time. This is the part of the body that is supposed to be given a lot of care and attention. As it is bound to experience a lot of heat hence the itch. In this particular article, we are going to discuss this condition, the symptoms, the causes and the ways that one can prevent this conditions.
In most cases, you will experience itchy effect on the skin of the scrotum.
- The outer layer of the scrotum may experience cracks. This may be due to the irritating feeling of the scrotum hence the person scratches himself most of the time.
- When one is experiencing this condition, the skin of the infected area tends to become reddish. In addition, rashes may develop around the affected skin. These particular symptoms cause someone to be in great discomfort. Very great discomfort I tell you!
- The scrotum skin is slightly thick. That’s the way it’s supposed to be –by the way. When one is experiencing this condition, the skin experiences inflammation kind of feeling. This is the burning effect. You don’t want me to get started on this! Swelling may also occur depending on the level of severity.
Itchy scrotum causes
There are several causes of this type of condition. They include:
This is the most common known cause for itchiest scrotum condition. You might want to take good care of yourself here folks. The folds of the skin behind the scrotum hold some moisture, which happens to be sweat and warmth. This is the most likable habitat of fungus infection, which happens to be very itchy when it dwells there for a long time. The fungus may develop into rashes after too much scratching. The rashes spread outwards to the other part of the unaffected skin. At this point, you either need anti-fungal cream or see a doctor right away.
These are parasites that are found in the pubic hair on the groin. Since they are parasites, they depend on the male for nutrition apart from the shelter. They bite the skin more often, hence one feels very itchy and develops rashes on the skin surface. The affected part becomes red. These lice can be transferred from one person to another through sexual intercourse. You better be careful. Manage your sex life!
Allergies to Soaps and other detergents:
This is another common cause for an itchy scrotum. The area around scrotum is usually folded like. During bathing the area folds and can hold the remains of soaps and shower gels that one uses during bathing. Unfortunately, a number of these soaps and gels contain perfumes. This can in turn cause irritation the affected area of skin. This is even worse when it is warm and moist. Similarly, there are a number of folks that are allergic to the detergents which are was used to wash the underpants. Sadly, perfumes that remain in the fabric can cause more harm than good –down there. It gets attached to the scrotum and causes misery. To avoid this problem, wash with less perfumed soap and rinse those pants thoroughly! Always dry yourself carefully in the groin and around the testicles after a bath. It’s worth the attention.
This is another cause of itchy scrotums that is caused by sexual intercourse. This is a type of sexually transmitted diseases that is very catastrophic. One of its effects is the itchy scrotum. And other dangerous effects like sores in the genitals.
The term ‘eczema’ is used in two different ways. It can at times be used widely to describe any rash-like skin conditions. Or it can as well be used to define atopic dermatitis, a chronic skin condition. Which normally begins at infancy and continues through into childhood. Some folks outgrow the condition while some people will continue to have it into adulthood. When this condition is induced to the scrotum, it causes an itchy effect and it results to of rashes.
This condition is caused by environmental factors. It has nothing to do with sexual intercourse. These environmental factors include allergens e.g. soap, shampoos among many others.
Unpredictable and irritating, psoriasis is one of the most mysterious and persistent of skin disorders. It is characterized by skin cells that multiply almost up to ten times faster than normal. As underlying cells get into the skin’s surface and die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques enclosed with white scales. This causes itching effects on the scrotum. It usually grows on the surface of the skin. Apart from the genital skin, psoriasis also affects the other parts of the skins that include knee, elbow, and scalp, and it can also damage the torso, palms and soles of the feet.
Treatments of an itchy scrotum
- The best treatment for an itchy scrotum will depend on the underlying condition. Some quick relief for the condition may come from icing the area with an ice pack for 10 to 20 minutes three times a day. This will cause the rashes to subside. And the more the rashes subside, the less the itching. This method does not last for long, but it helps.
- Still dwelling on the short-term treatment, some creams may aid. Antihistamine or cortisol rich creams are the most recommended. Wash and dry properly two or three times a day. Change underwear two times a day. Buy some proper pants with a gusset and a scrotum pouch that will maintain your scrotum out of contact with your legs. If creams can only provide short-lived relief for you then try going for a medicated powder like Lanacane Powder. It medicates, dry’s and appeases. Recommended for a good night’s sleep. If you flood urine onto your scrotum, or you are having sex, wash instantly and dry properly and finally powder up.
- One should avoid irritating agents to the skin e.g. soaps and shampoos if identified. This might be the second common cause of the itchy scrotum. So one should be able to know what goes best with him rather than continuing to use the allergic detergents.
- Most men nowadays tend to go with the trends of wearing tight trousers. Apart from it being too dangerous in their sexual lives, it also encourages the growth of fungi due to too much warmth and sweat. So the best way to tackle this problem is wearing loose trousers and boxers. At least this will make it possible for enough air to circulate along the scrotum that avoids sweating not forgetting regularly maintaining hygiene by changing boxers daily. This will reduce fungal infections.
- Manage stress with lifestyle modification and counseling. This comes about the eczema condition. As we said earlier in the causes of itching, one of the factors that speed the rate of the disease is stress. So if you want to be on the safe side of reducing the symptoms, one should avoid stress by paying a visit to the counselor
- Medications such as oral antihistamines and mild topical steroids may be required for short duration. These are the prescriptions that are given by the doctor. This is a long-term treatment that can help a person having this condition so that you can overcome it within a prescribed period.