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Itchy Scrotum

Published: 24 September 2010
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Im 16 years old, and for maybe a couple months, my scrotum has been itching incessantly for no real reason at all. There is no redness, no bumps, no rash. Nothing. It just itches like crazy and it is really annoying. What is it and what can I do?
Signed: Itchy Scrotum

Dear Itchy Scrotum,

 

The most common cause of scrotal itching is a fungal infection, often referred to as “jock itch.” Jock itch typically involves the creases of the groin and the lateral walls of the scrotum. The area is usually red and sometimes shows a ring-shaped rash. Jock itch is most often treated with an anti-fungal cream.

Itch in the scrotal area without any kind of rash is also common and can be caused by a chemical that your skin is coming into contact with that it is sensitive to. Potential skin irritants might be in the laundry detergents or shower soap you use, or there could even be residue from certain chemicals on your hands that rubs off on the genital area while going to the bathroom. Figuring out what the cause may be can involve some trial and error of eliminating certain products and trying new ones. But there are soaps and laundry detergents made for sensitive skin – they may be worth a try given your symptoms.

Another culprit of itchiness in the genital area, especially during the winter months, is dry skin. Talcum powder may help, as well as well as certain gentle skin cleansers which can hydrate the area and relieve some of the itching.

Remember that TeenHealthFX can only speculate about what the problems may be. To get the most accurate assessment of what you are dealing with you would need to speak to your primary care physician, adolescent medicine specialist, or urologist. A doctor could give you a more accurate diagnosis and could also make recommendations on certain products (i.e., over-the-counter antifungal medications, soaps, detergents) that would be best for you depending on what is causing your symptoms. If you need help picking out detergents, soaps, or other cleansers for sensitive skin, your pharmacist can assist you with that as well.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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