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Itchy Scrotum

Published: April 30, 2014
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I'm a virgin and a 15 year old boy and my penis smells fishy and my scrotum itches i don't think its an STD or anything. Do i have an infection or something? Please help I've been getting kinda worried lately. Thanks


Dear Itchy Scrotum,

If you are not sexually active then it makes sense that it would not be a Sexually Transmitted Disease. 

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 gets its name because it is common in people who sweat a lot such as athletes. It also is more likely to occur in people who are overweight. 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. 

These are just possible theories and the only way you will know for sure is to visit your doctor. It is not only about diagnosing the problem but determining a course of treatment as well. In some cases “Jock Itch” needs to be treated with a prescription Anti-Fungal Cream because over the counter products can be limited in their effectiveness.

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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