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How do you get rid of intermittent scrotum itch?

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Posted on Thu, 20 Dec 2018
Question: Have significant scrotum itch. Comes and goes. Day and night. 77 Not sexually active since prostate surgery 1997. Have not traveled last 10 years so no hotel bug likely. Just had annual physical so no UTI and manual testicle check. No visible rash. No swelling. Have winter itch - legs, mid section and nipples. All respond to anti-itch salve. Tried baby powder to keep dry. Tried anti-itch salve. Tried diaper rash ointment. Nothing seems to work. My amateur view is that it is not an external agent. Legs rubbing next to testicles do not itch. Includes penis at times. Am lightly incontinent. Have tried changing underwear multiple times a day. Nothing seems to work. Others on the internet chats seem to have the same problem. Causes? Treatments?
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Possible diagnosis: Jock itch (Tinea cruris).

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Thank you for your query.

Scrotal itching is likely due to fungal infection (Tinea) commonly called jock itch.

You can try the following to help clear up the infection
-Keep the area clean and dry
-Use mild soap and warm water
-Wear loose-fitting undergarments
-Apply over the counter Lotrimin antifungal ointment twice daily.
-You will need treatment for 12 to 14 days to completely clear the infection and resolve itching.
-If itching is too bothersome, take Cetirizine 10 mg at bed time.

Hope this answers your question.

Regards,
Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal, General & Family Physician
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How do you get rid of intermittent scrotum itch?

Brief Answer: Possible diagnosis: Jock itch (Tinea cruris). Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for your query. Scrotal itching is likely due to fungal infection (Tinea) commonly called jock itch. You can try the following to help clear up the infection -Keep the area clean and dry -Use mild soap and warm water -Wear loose-fitting undergarments -Apply over the counter Lotrimin antifungal ointment twice daily. -You will need treatment for 12 to 14 days to completely clear the infection and resolve itching. -If itching is too bothersome, take Cetirizine 10 mg at bed time. Hope this answers your question. Regards, Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal, General & Family Physician