How to treat scrotal itching
Itching in the male genital area can be caused by a number of things, including fungal infection and general irritation. It may be embarrassing to talk about, but face the facts: rash, irritation, infection and other problems can occur on any area of the body, even the ones we don't always want to talk about.
If you are experiencing itching in the scrotal area of the groin, there are a few methods by which you can treat this uncomfortable itch.
- Itching in the male genital area can be caused by a number of things, including fungal infection and general irritation.
Wear loosefitting cotton underwear when you experience scrotal itching. This type of undergarment will increase ventilation in the groin area, which will prevent the growth of fungal infections. This alone may alleviate the itch.
Purchase an over-the-counter 1 per cent hydrocortisone cream from a pharmacy or grocery store.
Apply the cream twice per day to the affected area; continue for at least 10 days, or until the itch is completely gone.
Bathe at least once per day, and always after activities that involve a lot of sweating. Dry the scrotal area well before getting dressed.
- Use plenty of lubrication during sexual intercourse to avoid chafing or drying in the scrotal area.
- Consider washing with fragrance-free soaps, as certain perfumes can irritate sensitive areas of the body like the scrotum.
- If symptoms seem to flare up only after sexual intercourse, check to make sure your partner does not have a candida or yeast infection, as these can be spread by sexual intercourse. You may also want to try a different brand of lubrication or condom if these seem to cause the irritation.
- If the itching does not go away after two weeks of these treatments, or if symptoms get worse, consult a doctor.
Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.