Itchy Scrotum

Most males have experienced an itchy scrotum from time to time. The urge to scratch is often overpowering, and becomes a source of embarrassment. Some sports figures, both amateur and professional, have perfected the scratch, almost turning it into an art form. Nevertheless, a scrotum itch is usually embarrassing and irritating in the extreme for most who experience it.

Often the cause of a scrotum itch is a minor yeast infection. Yeast thrives in warm moist environments, and the region between a male’s legs provides the ideal conditions for yeast to grow. The addition of protective gear, such as a cup or jock strap, further reduces air circulation from between the legs. Exercise produces sweat; thus providing the moisture for the yeast to thrive. Many males add to the problem by not practicing good bathing routines. In a hurry, the area between the legs is not always thoroughly dried; an act which gives the yeast a head start. It is a wonder that an itchy scrotum is not the universal experience of all males.

The first line of defense against an itchy scrotum is to keep the area as dry as possible. It is probably not necessary to point out that scratching the infected area provides only the most temporary relief, and actually makes the condition worse. After exercise or a sports activity, it is important to get out of the sweaty underwear as soon as possible. A good shower will do a great deal to help prevent or relieve an itchy scrotum. However, the area must be totally dried following the shower. There is no point in washing away the sweat only to leave the shower water behind to moisturize the scrotum. To insure the area is dry, powder can be applied to the area around the scrotum. Although there are many special purpose powders on the market, simple baby powder will do the trick. But do not let powder be a substitute for a thorough drying. Powder is to be used in addition to thorough towel drying, not as a substitute for it.

Often thorough cleaning and drying is all that is needed to relieve scrotum itch. However, in some cases the itch is too persistent or too strong. A cortisol cream can be used to give some relief to the itching sensation. Cortisol provides symptom relief and is not a treatment for the condition. Cortisol can be purchased over the counter, and it does provide needed relief for many sufferers of scrotum itch.

All too often, scrotum itch needs professional attention. Do not be ashamed to mention the condition to your health care provider. Besides simple yeast, there are other reasons for scrotum itch, including lice, mites, and psoriasis. Your health care professional is qualified to make the correct diagnosis and provide an effective treatment regardless of the cause of the scrotum itch. Whether or not professional treatment is required, remember that keeping the area dry is the best way to prevent scrotum itch.