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Dry scrotum with pain - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi,For the past week my boyfriend's balls started to get dry and then hurt. He said that it hurts like a sunburn when he touches it, but he doesn't even go out to the sun much. Now it's starting to peel and spread! He's too shy to tell or do anything about it. Do you have a guest what it is?
Doctor :   please let me read what you have typed
User :   Hello!
Doctor :   could you describe the appearance in detail for me to ave better idea about it?
Doctor :   is there itching, scaling of skin associated?
User :   he says it does not itch, It looked very dry and wrinkled.
Doctor :   if you can send across a picture, it would be very helpful, if yes, you can send to YYYY@YYYY
User :   and that it just started to peal.
Doctor :   if it is only dryness associated, it should not hurt. are there visible or tortuous veins seen below the scrotal skin?
Doctor :   is the scrotal sac feeling swollen?
Doctor :   is the entire scrotal sac affected or is it only one side of the scrotum?
User :   Well yea its kinda swollen, and it's mostly just one side
Doctor :   is there rash associated?
User :   No, no rash, just dry, and he said the top layer felt hard.
User :   He is more borthered with it hurting.
Doctor :   ok. what you are describing is very similar to eczema
User :   ok
Doctor :   he needs to be examined, and the test to be done on the skin scrapings from the affected area
Doctor :   to see whether it is just eczema, or dry skin or is there any infcection associated with it
Doctor :   usually the most common is fungal infection resulting in seconday bacterial infection and eczema
User :   Okay. do you know what caused this?
Doctor :   so after the exact cause is made out, he would be treated with appropriate antibacterial or antifungal medications.
Doctor :   since I am not examining him persoanlly, it would be difficult to say what exactly is the cause
Doctor :   also, the skin scraping test would be confirmatory as to what has caused this
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   Yes, and I would tell him asap.
User :   Thanks
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
User :   I think thats all. Thanks again for all your help.
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