Getting an itch down there? It isn’t uncommon to have an itch on or around your testicles or your scrotum. This is a very common problem seen in older, obese adults, and athletes; however, can also be seen in otherwise healthy people.
Moisture, irritation, and/or bacterial overgrowth, there are many reasons that can cause itchy balls. Itchy balls can be unpleasant, and scratching them repeatedly can only make the situation worse.
So, it is very important to figure out the root cause of the itching in order to get rid of that all-time itching.
Why do the balls itch?
Various reasons leading to Itchy balls could be:
1. Skin friction, warmth and excessive moisture in the groin region.
2. Tight clothing such as tight undergarments that trap in sweat.
3. Fungal and bacterial infections.
4. Dry skin around your genital area.
5. Excessive sweating, mainly during exercise.
6. Due to any skin disorder, such as psoriasis, eczema etc.
7. Due to a sexually transmitted disease, such as herpes virus infection or Gonorrhea.
What are the common signs and symptoms?
Apart from itching, one can experience the following signs and symptoms:
1. Rashes which can be are dry, bumpy, and may even bleed at times after excessive itching.
2. Redness that spreads along the thighs.
3. Swelling of the affected area.
4. Surface-level cuts or openings in the affected skin.
5. Abnormal overgrowths, either painful or painless.
Don’t scratch! Try these tips to stop the itching:
1. Change your underwear daily and switch to skin-friendly cloth fabrics (cotton, etc).
2. Avoid sharing your clothes, gym towels, handkerchiefs, etc.
3. Wash your groin daily, and dry the area thoroughly. The moist and warm area gives an apt atmosphere for a fungal infection to grow. Keeping your genitals clean and dry would help to keep it at bay.
4. Use medicated powders or lotions that prevent the irritated skin from rubbing against the other surface of the skin.
5. Using condoms during sexual intercourse can prevent you from STD’s induced itching.
5. Take 2-3 drops of tea tree oil on a cotton ball and apply on the affected area twice a day for about a week. If it burns, mix it with coconut oil. Tea tree oil is a natural antifungal and antibacterial deep cleaning agent.
6. Combine 2 cups of warm water with 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and gently cleanse the affected area. Like tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar also contains excellent antibacterial and antifungal properties.
7. Get yourself examined by a doctor for any bacterial/fungal infections.
Follow these optimal skin hygiene practices and say goodbye to itchy balls!