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Old 09-17-2012, 07:02 PM   #1
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Itchy/Irritated Scrotum - No Visible Symptoms

Hello all,

For the past 9 months or so I've been dealing with a terrible scrotum itch. It has been causing me to become increasingly depressed and my quality of life has gone down significantly. It is all I can think about everyday and all day. I've been to several doctors/dermatologists who
I felt have really let me down. The worst part seems to be that they don't really understand how much agony I am in (mentally and physically). They neither seem to offer me the time or day nor viable testing options beyond their own opinion.

As far as symptoms, there are no really visible symptoms. Although I did notice two large pimples pop up out of the blue recently (some sort of bacteria?). The underneath skin of the scrotum is also very rutigated and gets shiny. It its where the shaft and scrotum meet, on the sides of the scrotum and pretty much anywhere there is hair present.

This started after I had sex with a girl (used protection, but did receive oral sex without protection). I don't know if this is the root cause or if this is coincidence. I have had yeast infections in the past, one where I had an intensely itchy scrotum for a day long period. Is this related at all? I do not know - but I have tried ketanazole pills and creams (other antifungals as well) that don't do anything.

Any sort of creams, lotions, ointments etc. seem to make it worse. I think that the problem might be rooted in my hair on the scrotum - I have noticed that my pubic hair feels very bristly and almost hurts. It does feel better when I shave (for the most part). Wetness and heat also seem to make it worse. I'm really at a loss of where to go.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what steps I should take next? What tests can the doctors do to provide me with better feedback (skin tests)? What else should I try? What questions should I be asking?

I have tried lotions, changing my soap and detergent, zeasorb powders, multitude of anti-fungals, tea tree oil, pro-topic and steroid creams (steroids seem to make it worse as do the anti-fungal creams/powders).

I have gone through other posts on this board and am frustrated to say the least. There seems to be a lack of answers. Please, please offer any information you might have regarding this. Help me...

Edit: Also just to add... any sort of substance on my skin seems to cause more problems. Running my finger across the scrotum skin causes itching to occur as well. Thank you for any suggestions

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Old 09-22-2012, 02:25 AM   #2
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Re: Itchy/Irritated Scrotum - No Visible Symptoms

This may be of limited use to you as my scrotal problem is a different one from yours as there is no itching. But not washing helped - and I mean long term not washing it so it didn't get wet ever. Like I say different problem so might be the opposite of what you need. I now get by with just a regular light dusting with talc (cuts moisture and friction, but too much strips the oils from the skin).

There are an awful lot of answers in the chronic scrotum threads which have worked for people - you just have to work through them all to find them. Like improve your diet - cut out all the sugars which might be feeding any skin infection.

Allergy causes can include the dye in underwear - can try white. There's silk underwear. You can try no washing powder at all. Fresh underwear out of the packet. Tight vs loose. And so on.

An alternative to scratching (if you do) is to just press instead. That can provide relief but help break the scratch-itch cycle.

On the psychological level - its hard to just stop thinking about something - you can't have a void. What you need is something else to concentrate on to displace all that thinking. Maybe even something that involves contact with or learning about people who are really unfortunate - cancer and so on - to put things in perspective might help. But don't let it ruin your whole life. An itchy skin problem only can if you let it.

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Old 10-20-2012, 08:11 AM   #3
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Re: Itchy/Irritated Scrotum - No Visible Symptoms

The candida diet worked for me. The redness went away after 3 weeks on the diet. Anytime I go off the diet the redness returns. Thankfully I haven't had the itching or burning or pain for over a year now. That just went away naturally, but the redness went away with the diet.

But there is a link between MY redness and the candida diet. It's how I put the 2 together. I had both the syndrome and a host of other candida symptoms, such as depression, digestion, skin, and mental issues...and they've all subsided since I started the diet.

Candida is a yeast overgrowth that starts in your intestines.

The goal of the diet, antifungals, and probiotics over a long period of time, is to restore balance back to your gut flora and immune system...which eliminates all the candida-related symptoms, and allows the person to switch from a candida diet to a more sensible healthy diet where sugar is kept to a minimum.

Good luck...

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