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Medical advice for dry itchy skin on the scrotum

Dry and itchy skin is a nuisance anywhere on the body, but nowhere is it more bothersome than on the scrotum. Many men have dry, itchy skin on the scrotum and have no idea how to deal with it. Luckily, there are many ways to get rid of this problem, most of which are easy.

Causes of an Itchy Scrotum

The most common reason is ill-fitting underwear or trousers. Clothing that is too tight can cause the skin to chafe and itch. Moisture will build up, which can even cause infection. Bacterial infections are fairly common and are often some form of thrush or yeast. In other cases, eczema or a chronic dry skin problem can be at the root of the itchiness.

Self-Care

Improving hygiene is one of the best ways to treat an itchy scrotum. Shower daily and use a mild soap to wash the genital area. Sometimes the itchiness is caused by perfumes or dyes, so use white, fragrance-free soap. Wear looser underwear and trousers to allow ample oxygen to the area. Use a mild lotion for dry skin.

If Symptoms Persist

See your doctor if symptoms continue or worsen. If you have an infection, he will prescribe a cream or an oral antibiotic to treat the bacteria or fungus. He may need to take a skin scraping to find the specific bacteria or fungus that's causing the problem.

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About the Author

Brenda Barron is a writer, editor and researcher based in Southern California. She has worked as a writer since 2004, with work appearing in online and print publications such as BabyZone, "Cat Fancy" and "ePregnancy." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from California State University, Long Beach.