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Old 12-27-2009, 08:34 AM   #1
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Help for Red Scrotum Syndrome

I think there is help out there! Key word "think". My story is very similar to so many on the web. I began haveing a painful, burning red scrotum around the beginning of October 2009. First thought = jock itch. Didn't respond to any spray or powder. Then yeast infection. Nope. Two oral meds, probiotics, garlic, you name it. Nope. Went to GP and he said "I have no idea". On to urologist. Same. On to a dermatologist. "Scrotodynia" and prescribed a stronger hydrocortisone than what I had had. No help. Scrotodynia just means "painful scrotum", Duh! Life was pretty rough as a new dad, husband, and manager of a successful business with a constant burning sensation in my bright red sack. The pain waxed and waned, but was always there. Out of desperation, I went to a second dermatologist that I had seen several years back but wasn't overly impressed with. Now I am impressed! He took a look and immediately told me I have neurodermatitis. I got a shot of "kenalog", an oral "amitriptilyne" each night before bedtime, and a steroid ointment "betamethasone dipropionate" twice daily. Without me saying anything about all I had read on the web, he said, "there's even a slang term for it = "Red Bag Syndrome". When I said there are people on the web claiming to have suffered with this for years he kind of laughed and said, "that may be so, but they aren't treating it correctly."

After reading about neurodermatitis, the diagnosis makes sense. My wife had a UTI inserted and we had to abstain from sex for several weeks due to the bleeding. That was her wish and, of course, I honored it. So I masturbated much more frequently, even leaving 2-3 red places on my penis. Which I tried to treat with neosporin (I read many people can have allergic reactions to the neo) and tea tree oil on my penis (Bad Idea!). I guess all the ointments, sparays, powders, etc. I used thinking I had a yeast infection or allergic reaction could have worsened/ prolonged the dermatitis. I could even have had contact/allergic/and/or neurodermatitis all rolled together!?!?

The initial visit to dermatologist #2 was about three and a half weeks ago. I have had my two week follow up where I reported MUCH relief, but "not out of the woods yet". I mean there were nights I could not sleep, days at work I just shut my door, and much complaining to a wife that didn't fully understand what was going on (nor did I!), couldn't really enjoy anything for hurting or worrying about hurting. Then reading on the web that "there is no known cure" did not help either! Life was BAD for a couple of months. He reassured me that he has treated this before and there is an end in sight. He gave me refills of the meds and I am to see him again late January 2010. The bad news is I WANT THIS GONE!!! One other note is that even when the scrotum is relieved, I seem to feel "gaulded" around my butt. Not sure what to do there, but will report it on my next visit. I didn't press him when he said "be patient", but I would like to know how long I can expect this uncomfortable situation and daily routine?? If anyone out there in internet land has ANY insight, I would really appreciate your sharing! Thank You

 
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Old 12-28-2009, 12:01 PM   #2
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Re: Help for Red Scrotum Syndrome

Garth your post is the most recent of this issue. This is driving me crazy. My wife is concerned. I'm freaking out scratching my nuts off and she's just concerned. She has nothing but less sleep because my itching wakes her. Its obviously not from any extramarrital affair, plus there's no evidence of any lice, puss, open sores. Nothing to clue me in.

ONe distinct difference i haven't read on these various posts all over about this, is the feeling of a traveling itch.
I start with my balls, and get a good scractch going. Feels real good too. A relief.
Then the itch seems to move upward toward the base of my ****, and then up to my waistline. Inevitably, my inner thighs (groins - not testicles) start to itch all the way from my stride to the knee.
BUT - the odd thing is the pain under the skin. Not a scratch-raw-sting kind of pain. A dull, linear pain, and it feels kind of bumpy underneath too.
THEN the itch moves down to the back of my calves. I get the same soreness under the skin there too. Plus the same moving itch that begins at the top of the calf, then moves around to the front and down to the ankles. My ankles are sore today from so much scratching yesterday.

Do you get that pain also?
Additionally, the itching never goes above the navel. Hasn't gone below the ankles, and never above the waistline. Have you noticed any of these same conditions?

Of course i want to go see a dermatologist. And to save time I would want my guy to know i've been reading about this, looking for a clue to a fast-track to health. But then I, and anyone else, risk the Dr. catching feelings because yItried to do his job, and then reasoning is gone because they only want to prove me wrong. I don't want to go through months of test and trials that don't work - i want to cut to the chase, but with so many variables about this problem, i'm affraid i can't get through unless i apply the Dr's creams and prescribed meds first.

 
Old 12-28-2009, 07:20 PM   #3
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Re: Help for Red Scrotum Syndrome

bdawson, hang in there!!! My wife has been way cool on this. I am really proud of her. But I did have to spend some nights on the couch, because I had to spread eagle with the fan blowing on me. I talked about it constantly for a few weeks. She has been really supportive; she's a good one. I really don't have the traveling pain you are talking about. Also, mine has NEVER been an itch. Mine has been a burn/pain. Nothing I wanted to scratch or even touch. Derm #2 said neurodermatitis can manifest as an itch OR burn. He seemed to know EXACTLY what is going on. I do get an itch on my calves from time to time, but nothing that persists. I figure it's from the tight dress socks I wear to work.

Along with red holiday balls, I did develop a red line (not a vein) on the underside of my penis. It lays against my balls. I have really decided that this is probably where I rubbed myself a little too raw, and upset these nerve endings. I guess everything down there nerve-wise is connected.

I am getting better - SLOWLY. I don't have the "swamp balls" anymore that so many have reported. To be honest, my pain is now downgraded to "discomfort" and it feels more like being gaulded than anything. I feel it in the crease of my leg/pelvis and really my butt as much as my balls. As I sit here typing, that is exactly where I feel it. It's like I have diaper rash now as much as I have RSS.

As far as a derm's feelings, man they are past that. The first guy I went to is in a highly regarded derm group here where I live. He is supposedly from the Mayo Group (whoopdeedoo) and he basically skirted around saying "Hell fi I know". Very dismissive. Derm #2 was so cool, even laughed a little and basically said, "Chill, we can fix this". Made all the difference. It may be a good idea to start from square 1 and try to eliminate some things - jock itch, yeast infection, exzema, etc. I have read TONS online on this and was sure I had some high powered yeast infection that withstood 2 oral meds from the urologist, probiotics, the whole 9. Derm #2 said, You do NOT have a yeast infection and you do NOT have exzema. Don't worry about the doc's feelings - you are the paying customer.

 
Old 01-04-2010, 02:52 PM   #4
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Re: Help for Red Scrotum Syndrome

Hi guys,

Im similar to Garth in that i first experienced the symptoms in October 2009. I basically just have a red scrotum that varies in inflamation depending on the time of the day. Morning time is not so bad but come evening its red raw. I have no itch or burning sensation (senasation of warmth when its more inflamed). I have been to my Doc and was told it was a mild thrush for which i was giiven a cream. I have since been back due to no improvment and was given another cream...still no improvement.

Since ive searched online about it im totally freaked out with these stories of it lasting years!! Is there any cure???? Ive only got it three months and its already ruining my life!!

Please help!!

Thanks.

 
Old 01-05-2010, 06:33 PM   #5
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Re: Help for Red Scrotum Syndrome

Browie, Thrush is yeast. Mine was not yeast, although I had convinced myself it was. A good dermatologist can spot yeast, I believe pretty quickly. I think the neurodermatits diagnosis was right on. I continue to improve. Even to the point that instead of the steroid cream, I use Baby Aveeno cream for dry skin. It says "even treats dry skin due to exczema." I am really encouraged. Best thing is to read all you can and try not to be freaked out. Tough, I know. But, don't be scared to talk to your doctor about possibilities. Good luck. But hey, if you have no burning or pain, etc. you are miles ahead of where I was.

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Old 01-06-2010, 02:59 AM   #6
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Re: Help for Red Scrotum Syndrome

Thanks Garth. I have just starteed a course of oral doxycyline and am off the creams. As far as i could make out, the creams made it worse. Now I just just sleep bareball and talk as oftena as possible to keep them cool. I am aslo due my first visit to the dermatologist soon. I ahve also cahnged my dieat, no caffine, sugar, fats and high levels of antioxidant foods...it can only help.

When you say you had a lot of pain, burn and itch what exactly did you mean. Could you possible describe it on a scale of 1 to 10.? Have you seen significant improvement since 2009? Are you out of the woods?

 
Old 01-06-2010, 06:46 PM   #7
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Mine never itched...best described as feeling like a pretty bad sunburn. Pain and burning. Had the "swamp balls" like some had. Bad sweaty. Hurt when I sat, walked, lied down. Telling you, bad times! The 1st dermatologist used the term "burn itself out of you" when I asked about what this overall ordeal would be like. Never disputed it could take years. 2nd dermatologist acted like he had no doubt this is a "finite" ailment. Actually gave me a shot, a pill, and a cream, where the 1st guy only gave me a stronger version of what I already had (hydrocortisone). I mean, you read on this board about people have been to 10+ doctors and flown to see specialists to no avail, and this guy seems to have pegged it in 5 minutes. I just felt like I had to come on here and tell people.

I am not "out of the woods", but the discomfort is different. My balls are essentially fine now. It is now the groin area (skin right beside my balls and skin between scrotum and my butt area - legs a little) skin is just sore, whic I plan to tell the doc when I go back in 2 weeks. But way less on the pain/discomfort level. My pain is from a 8/9 at it's worst, to a 1-3. Most of the time I don't think about it...About a month ago it was exactly opposire. But not "right" doen there yet. Trust me, I will post when I am.

 
Old 01-26-2010, 01:26 AM   #8
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Re: Help for Red Scrotum Syndrome

After a decade of these symptoms I am finally in recovery, with absolutley ZERO help from any Doctor. (I respect doctors and what they do, but on this specfic topic they get a clear "F" grade) I've been through dozens of creams, steroids, anti fungals, antibiotics, u name, I've tried it. (yes, even salicyc acid) ANTIBIOTICS are the worst thing you can take for this condition.

In my case, and I bet in most others it is a very common condition that Dr.s HATE to diagnosis (I have no idea why). IT IS SYSTEMIC CANDIDA. There are many ways to get it, it's an opporunistic infection, and it's estimated that as much as 20-30% of the population have it, and don't know it. (again Dr.s)

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It's very easy to self diagnose, cut out ALL sugars (this includes non sugar sweeters) caffene, alchohal, carbs, etc. (and I mean all). You'll end up eating brown rice, vegatables, chicken, pork, or beef every day and living like a mormon, but it's worth it to find out. Don't buy any processed food at the grocery store, they all have something yeast will feed from. (your body will crave bread, candy, and chips, but don't give in, it's the yeast acting like a parasite, trying to get you to feed it)

If it is SC, within a week, you'll not only notice conditions improving, but you feel like you have the flu for about 24 hours (or so) during that period. (thats the yeast being killed at high levels and releasing toxins into your body) It's been about 2 weeks for me and most of the redness is now gone and I'm feeling much better with twice the energy levels. But from what I've read this is a lifetime battle, and though I'll eventually add some limited sugars back into my diet, I have to keep track just like a diabetic because the yeast though mostly dead, is just waiting for another opportunity. Once the main infection is gone, I'll reduce supplements to maybe a Probiotic and daily yogurt for balance.

It's been 10 years since I've seen my real scrotum color and I can say that it was the best day I've had in a decade. (again, no thanks to doctors, forget them, they just won't help you with this, I wish I knew why)

Every condition is different, but I'm betting in most cases this is the problem or at least an underlying condition. I wish you all luck, and my heart goes out to you all, this condition cost me a marriage and nearly a job. I hope and pray that this may be the info you need and it works for you as it has for me.

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Old 01-27-2010, 07:44 PM   #9
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Re: Help for Red Scrotum Syndrome

I've listed some do's and don't for a candida free diet below, I'm really hoping that this helps out! (just google candida diet, you'll find lots of stuff free)

At first when you walk into the grocery store you'll begin to shake like a recovering alchoholic when you walk down the candy isle, but after a few weeks you won't even want to go near this stuff. (must be the candida loses it's power as it dies)

Below I came up with a quick list of items I eat and avoid:
(since I am VERY cooking challenged, I've learned how to throw anything below into a non stick cook pan with a lid then add Extra virgin olive oil, chicken/fish or beef, spinach (or any vegatable), garlic, onion, and a little salt. I snack on olives, homemade popcorn or green apples sliced in ricotta cheese. And since mineral water gets old, I learned how to make rice milk without sugar and for 1/4 the cost in stores!, see below)

But please, follow strictly and carefully, for months I was eating white rice every day because I misread the diet, as soon as I knocked that out, changes came in 24 hours. It's been a crazy 2 weeks, the bounce is back in my step, my joint pain is down, and my red balls, elbows, neck are all firmly on the retreat. By the way guys, do any of you have the whitesh looking toungue or "sebacious oil glands" on you lips? All this stuff is going away, talk about the silver bullet. I really hope the doctors catch on to this, I've heard they are looking at it, I bet waiting for a pharma company to come up with a magic pill, ugh what pinheads!

Foods Allowed

• Chicken, fish, meat roasted/grilled or steamed)
• Rye Vita (contains no yeast)
• Rye Bread (no yeast or wheat)
• Brown Rice cakes
• Coconut/Sunflower/olive oil, Extra Virgin
• Rice, potato or rye flour
• Corn or soy flour
• all veggies fresh or frozen - no tinned food
• Oats, maize (corn) meal,
• maltabella
• GREEN Apples, Avocado, pears, coconut, lemons, & limes
• Plain Bulgarian yogurt-125ml (no sugar!)
• Brown rice (no white rice)
• Low fat cottage cheese (no sugar!)
• Onions / garlic (unless sensitive)
• Rice/soy milk (sugar free)
• Ricotta cheese, Rice Milk
• Olives, pecan, & macadamia
• Popcorn (homemade)
• One fruit per day (no melons, grapes, or bruised food)
• Mineral Water, Herbal teas eg Rooibos
• Tomatoes, Humus
• Xylitol (natural sweetener)
• Garlic, Ginger, onion, salt, pepper



Foods to AVOID

• Anything containing yeast
• Pickled, smoked or processed meat, fish (including cold meats, & vacuum packed foods)
• Vegetable oil, Breads, Soy sauce/soy beans
• White wheat flour or pastry flour
• Gluten flour, flake cereals, semolina,
• Cream of wheat, pasta - white
• All vinegars and vinegar products (chutney, mayonnaise, salad dressing etc)
• Cheese, fermented or processed egg. Cheddars, feta from dairy or other hard cheeses
• All forms of alcohol
• Fruits - melons or grapes or any fruit and vegetables that shown any signs of bruising or mold.
• Honey and other natural sweeteners.
• Mushrooms
• Sugar and anything containing sugar
• Peanuts, peanut butter and pistachio
• All teas and coffees, except herbal teas
• All fruit juices & processed drinks (soda, juice, etc - drink still mineral water instead)

Brown Rice Milk Recipe
1) Cook 75 g Brown Rice in 250 ml pure water for about 15-20 minutes until it is soaked thoroughly and soft. (You may want to wash the rice beforehand)
2) Remove from stove, add another 250 ml pure water, fill it into a blender, and blend intensively for 1 minute
3) Add another 500 ml pure water, until it has the desired consistency
4) Strain the milk through a very fine sieve and 1 or 2 tablespoons of Xylitol, then stir

Good luck and feel free to email me with questions.

 
Old 02-16-2010, 06:22 PM   #10
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Today is a bad day, hence I am back on this board : ( The pain is closest to feeling like a sunburn. At times, a BAD sunburn. Not just scrotum, but can include the main folds to either side (upper thigh connects to pelvis)....I have to say 1 day a week give or take a few days of symptoms are much better than where I was in October. Derma says I should gradually improve (no promises)... Kind of amazing things we can do with medicine, we can't figure this one out.

 
Old 03-05-2010, 03:18 AM   #11
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Today is a bad day, hence I am back on this board : ( The pain is closest to feeling like a sunburn. At times, a BAD sunburn. Not just scrotum, but can include the main folds to either side (upper thigh connects to pelvis)....I have to say 1 day a week give or take a few days of symptoms are much better than where I was in October. Derma says I should gradually improve (no promises)... Kind of amazing things we can do with medicine, we can't figure this one out.
hi every1 im 22, and my scrotum is bright red...less in the morning i might add
my penis head is red..sometimes blotchey and just below it under my foreskin is bright red to the redness is made up of tiny viens everywhere and the tip of my penis just by the uretha has lots of little bumps on it....

ive been to my doc to no avail ive tryed canasten hydrocortizone (low-high steroids)....steroids help to a degree...then in half hour its red again ive tryed the antifungel tablets....i even put natural yogurt on it which i must say helped a lil bit......

my next trip was to a derm...he litrally took 2 secs and said eczema... -.- it doesnt itch...it doesnt burn...it doesnt flake... its just red wtffffffff....so i went bck to my doc and litrally he said we have done tests andx theres nothing wrong with u....and said theres nothing we cando...what!? i mean they havent done a biobsy...i havent had a secon d oppinion...nothing he even said it looks normal when he can clearly see its bright red......maybe he was hungry and wanted to go to the lunch......

guys does this sound like red scrotum syndrom..?? im on doxycycline at the mo but i kinda think its making it worse.......and how would i go about getting a secon d oppinon i live in the uk and i dunno how it works on the NHS do i have to go bck to my doctor he made me feel so uncomfortable as he even said 'right im going to end this conversation now' im getting rele down about this as its been over 6 months now.... plz help and give me a lil info about what you guys think this is plz thanks

 
Old 03-06-2010, 08:09 PM   #12
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Guys, this is going to be a tuff pil to swallow, but it needs to be said: I'm speaking with a decade of experience with this living hell and there is NO magic pill or cream to make this go away, period.

If you find a doctor interested in helping you with this, well, consider yourself a lotto winner, there are not many out there. Reason: They don't know know how to fix this and don't want to tell you you are screwed for life. So they say things like eczema and psoriasis, because there is no real cure for either and no way to test, so they use it as their crutch when they don't know. (btw-antibiotics and steroids will make this worse over time)

The good news: for me there was a cure; but it takes a long term commitment, not a 2 week treatment. It took me a decade of hell to finally decide to make the commitment but it has paid off. Google Systemic candida and candida diet, you'll find lots of info out there. Read my posts and don't believe sites that are specifically selling stuff. It's entirely possible that systemic candida is not the reason (though I think for most it is), but I do firmly believe this is created from a suppressed immune system. Candida will create this environment, but so will things like lupus, bechets, pain relief streroids, poor diet, etc. This infection is internally supported so creams alone will not do the trick. If you've got candida issues you will know within 48 hours of COMPLETELY cutting sugar/carbs out of your diet as you will feel like you've got the flu. I thought I was pretty smart but after years of going to the doctors and taking a pill for every problem, I just couldn't get my mind to approach this from a different perspective. I hope you guys don'tr waste a decade before doing the same. Good luck!

 
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Re: Help for Red Scrotum Syndrome

Hello,

I have been a sufferer of the "Red Scrotum Syndrome", A.K.A. "Red Balls of Fire", A.K.A. "Red Sack Syndrome", etc. I am finally starting to get some relief, so I thought I would share my experiences here in hopes that other men will be benefited by what I have learned.

1) It is important to realize that what you have is very unlikely to be fungal. This is assuming that the irritation you experience is ONLY on the scrotum, which seems to most often be the case in these posts.

While it is possible for the "Jock Itch" fungus to spread from the inner thigh and groin areas to the scrotum, it is almost impossible for the fungus to start in the scrotum. So, if someone really did have jock itch fungus all over the upper thight and groin area, then it would be possible for the scrotum to eventually become affected, even though the skin on the scrotum is generally resistant to Jock Itch fungus. However, if ONLY the scrotum is irritated, then there is a very high probability that you have scrotal skin irritation, NOT a fungal infection. Using any medicated treatments on the scrotum when it is irritated will only make it worse.

Let's take a closer look at fungal infections in general. Fungus is very selective with regards to where it can start growing. For example, with the Athlete's Foot fungus, in generally healthy people, it almost always starts between the 3rd and 4th toes, OR the 4th and fifth toes. While it can eventually spread to the whole foot, the area where the fungus starts is very specific. Same with Jock Itch. It does NOT start in the scrotum. Jock Itch starts on the upper, inner thigh and groin area.

If you have irritation on the scrotum only, then it is not a fungus. If you have a classic case of jock itch on the upper, inner thigh and groin, and you also have irritation of the scrotum, then while it is possible that the jock itch has spread to the scrotum, it seems much more likely that unless the jock itch is VERY severe, the irritation of the scrotum is a condition totally separate from the jock itch. In that case, treat the jock itch on the groin and inner thigh with lotrimin cream or other anti-fungal, but do NOT apply the anti-fungal cream to the scrotum. I am convinced that anti-fungal and /or any other medicated treatments on the scrotum are almost always a bad idea, except for maybe some of the most rare conditions. Once again, do not apply anything medicated in any way to the scrotum. Apply non-medicated moisturizing lotion only, such as Cetaphil. (I found that the moisturizing lotion that ultimately made me feel the most comfortable is Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula. Very soothing!)

2) Because you have irritation of the scrotal skin (dermatitis, excema, etc), and not a fungus, you must NOT treat it with any kind of medication! Apply only moisturizing lotion frequently. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion is recommended by most dermatologists, but I ultimately found that the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula worked best for me, after experimenting with various moisturizing lotions. Wash gently only with Cetaphil cleanser. This avoids all irritants while your scrotum can get back to normal. Do not use regular soap - liquid or bar.

Many believe that a diagnosis of this so-called dermatitis or eczema is unlikely to be accurate because they have never had anything like that before. Neither have I. But it is important to understand that once the scrotal skin gets irritated, it is very sensitive, and it takes a lot of time and patience before it gets back to normal.

Be concerned more about how it feels than how it looks. The redness is not that significant. Just stay the course, apply your Cetaphil or other moisturizing lotion liberally 2 or more times per day (especially before bed), and DO NOT apply any medicated treatments of any kind!

Then be patient. It will take weeks or months before you see improvement, but you must stay the course. Like others, in the past I have leaped from one type of treatment to the next. I went through phases where I was convinced it must be fungal. However, from all that I have read about this, combined with personal experience, I am now convinced that it is NOT fungal, and other than the moisturizing lotion, it must mostly be left alone.

Many guys suffer from this ailment for long periods of time because a) The scrotum is indeed a sensitive area, and b) because they continue to bombard the area with anti-fungal and cortisone creams and other medicated products. You MUST avoid application of any medicated treatments or any other irritants. (No lotrimin, tinactin, gold bond powder or cream, Zeasorb powder, etc.)

Since hydrocortisone cream is a medication as well, I would advise that you NOT apply hydrocortisone cream to the scrotum area. The skin on the scrotum is different from other skin on your body. You just want it to go back to normal on its own, and it will if you just stick to moisturizing cream ONLY. I have read a lot about hydrocortisone use on the scrotum. That, combined with my own experience makes me feel that hydrocortisone cream on the scrotum is a BAD idea. Do NOT apply.

3) Since you do not have a fungus, it is NOT necessary to change your underwear too frequently, and it is NOT necessary for you to over dry the area with a blow dryer, etc. This only servers to further irritate the scrotum. Change your underwear normally (once a day) to keep the area somewhat moist. Pat dry lightly with towel after bath or shower, and then apply moisturizing lotion liberally, even if the scrotal area is not totally dry.

4) I am not sure how my condition started, but I suspect it may have started with use of a jock strap that was either fitting poorly, or the material that the cloth was made from caused skin irritation in the scrotum. For a while, I was just wearing 100% cotton briefs only. Then I discovered that my discomfort varied based on the brand of underwear, size and style. That is when I tried "Jockey 3D-Innovations Boxer Brief with Fly - style 8183." These are 90% cotton and 10% spandex. You can find them online at Bare Necessities. I have found these to be the most comfortable underwear I have ever worn, and I do believe they help improve this condition over time as well.

While it is important to remove any source of irritation, do not stress too much on determining exactly what the source is. You may never know. But going forward, try and stick with what makes you most comfortable in the short run, which should ultimately help out in the long run.

5) I have seen many posts on this topic that pertain to the effects of diet. It is true that what you eat can have a big effect on your health and your body in general. However, I personally have not experienced my symptoms changing at all based on dietary changes. Having said that, when you read posts where people say that eating more of this, less of that, etc. has cured them, keep in mind that it is very hard to measure that with any degree of certainty. As one dermatologist said, skin conditions such as eczema and the like basically come and go as they please. The best thing is a palliative treatment to keep yourself as comfortable as possible until the condition subsides on its own. If you change your diet and your symptoms improve, that may make it *seem* like the change in diet was the cause of the improvement, but cause and effect will be very difficult to correlate. Your mileage may vary, but I personally think that dietary considerations play a vary small role in affecting any change in the condition of the scrotum.

6) As I have said above repeatedly, I do not think this is a fungal infection. I think it is worth mentioning that I also do not think it is any other kind of infection either (bacterial, yeast, systemic candida, etc.) My belief is that it is irritation, not infection. I have seen people mention attempts to treat this condition with Oral Doxycycline. There is even a lot of mention of ONE STUDY that was done on this, and the study seemed to conclude that subjects who took the Oral Doxycycline showed SOME improvement. I do not believe that the Oral Doxycycline was necessarilly the root cause of the improvement. Once again - with something that comes and goes on its own, cause and effect can be hard to determine. I am not convinced by the study's findings, and I would think that in general, treating scrotal skin irritation with a powerful oral antibiotic is another red herring, and just a bad idea in general.

In summary, if you are just having issues with red irritated scrotum only, then it is unlikely to be anything other than irritated scrotal skin, and therefore, NOT a fungal (or other type of) infection. All medicated treatments such as anti-fungal, hydrocortisone, etc., should be avoided. Apply moisturizing lotion ONLY until the condition subsides, which could take weeks or months. (Mine waxed and waned for about 6 months before I really started feeling consistently more comfortable. Even now, I apply the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula twice daily.)

Most long term sufferers of this condition report having bombarded their scrotum with a constant barrage of powders, anti-fungals, medicated creams, cortisones, tea tree oil, which hazel, and too many others to list all of them here. This is further evidence in my mind that the problem becomes worse due to the treatments.

As one dermatologist stated, "With palliative treatment like this (moisturize daily with Cetaphil or other lotion) and lots of patience (3-6 months), I haven't seen a single patient over the years whose condition didn't subside. The key is avoidance of active medications and patience."

I think I probably would have seen improvement much sooner if I would have stayed the course with a palliative treatment of moisturizing lotion, and the avoidance of any soaps and cleansers, other than the Cetaphil cleanser. The point being, messing around with cortisones, powders, and any type of anti-fungal treatment only serves to further irritate a very sensitive situation and further prolong the agony.

 
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Re: Help for Red Scrotum Syndrome

My opinion - for what it's worth - and we are all only expressing our opinions here, this condition is more likely to be a yeast or fungal condition than anything else. That said, such conditions often disappear spontaneously, which makes it difficult to know if it was something you did that cured it.
The reason the scrotum is susceptible to yeast/fungal infections is that it is an ideal breeding ground for them - a wrinkly surface that is kept at a relatively stable temperature; a relatively stable humidity and a tendency to close up if the temperature drops, so protecting the germs.
Most men who have this also have or have had athletes foot and the spores or this are easily transferred to the scrotum when drying off after a shower. Athletes foot itches so much that you treat it or protect against it routinely. However, the scrotum is more difficult to treat for the reasons stated above. What's more, the creams and powders used for athlete's foot are often not effective on the scrotum unless they are applied several times every day - not very practical for most men.
That's why I recommend attacking the problem from the inside.
One of the most effective treatments for systemic fungal/yeast infections is Diflucan (fluconazole). This comes in tablets or capsules of different strengths and doses, according to the individual case and it is usually only available on prescription.
It is very effective at getting rid of persistent fungal or yeast infections that are rooted on the surface of the skin or that have taken up residence inside the body.
At least it is quick and easy to try, although rather expensive if not covered by health insurance.

 
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Re: Help for Red Scrotum Syndrome

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hi every1 im 22, and my scrotum is bright red...less in the morning i might add
my penis head is red..sometimes blotchey and just below it under my foreskin is bright red to the redness is made up of tiny viens everywhere and the tip of my penis just by the uretha has lots of little bumps on it....

ive been to my doc to no avail ive tryed canasten hydrocortizone (low-high steroids)....steroids help to a degree...then in half hour its red again ive tryed the antifungel tablets....i even put natural yogurt on it which i must say helped a lil bit......

my next trip was to a derm...he litrally took 2 secs and said eczema... -.- it doesnt itch...it doesnt burn...it doesnt flake... its just red wtffffffff....so i went bck to my doc and litrally he said we have done tests andx theres nothing wrong with u....and said theres nothing we cando...what!? i mean they havent done a biobsy...i havent had a secon d oppinion...nothing he even said it looks normal when he can clearly see its bright red......maybe he was hungry and wanted to go to the lunch......

guys does this sound like red scrotum syndrom..?? im on doxycycline at the mo but i kinda think its making it worse.......and how would i go about getting a secon d oppinon i live in the uk and i dunno how it works on the NHS do i have to go bck to my doctor he made me feel so uncomfortable as he even said 'right im going to end this conversation now' im getting rele down about this as its been over 6 months now.... plz help and give me a lil info about what you guys think this is plz thanks
If you don't have any other symptoms. Burning, itching, fatique, etc. Consider yourself lucky and leave it alone!!! I took a course of a very high powered antibiotic and have created a much bigger problem that maybe permenent. Check the web about Levaquin and see what hell I have done to myself. AGAIN IF ALL YOU HAVE IS A RED SCROTUM AND NO DISCOMFORT THAN LIVE WITH IT AND THANK YOUR HIGHER POWER THAT IT"S NOT WORSE!!!!

 
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