Dry, red skin on the scrotum is a fairly common problem and is not something to get worried about since everyone experiences it at some point or the other. Since the scrotal area provides optimum conditions for bacterial and fungal growth, most problems about dry, red skin on the scrotum can be solved with anti-fungal or anti-bacterial creams and good personal hygiene 1. However, other conditions that may cause these symptoms are eczema and psoriasis.
Most cases of dry, red skin on the scrotum occur during the summer months since the conditions are optimal for bacterial growth because of excessive sweating. This could worsen if you wear synthetic clothes that do not allow oxygen to reach the scrotum. In other cases, poor hygiene may be the cause.
Symptoms include a dry, sometimes itchy scrotum. Scratching may worsen the redness and irritation in the area 1. It may also lead to cuts in the skin, which may become infected. Scratching may also spread the problem to other areas of the body.
One of the easiest ways to avoid dry, itchy or red skin on the scrotum is to practice good personal hygiene. Remember that bacteria and fungus thrive in conditions where the affected area does not get any oxygen and remains sealed off. Wearing cotton clothing is the best way of avoiding such infections. Also take a shower every day and clean the scrotum with a mild soap and warm water. Make sure that you dry it completely before getting dressed. Do not wear underwear that is tight since it could hinder oxygen supply.
NetDoctor and Itchy-Itchy.com both recommend topical treatments for dry, red skin on the scrotum 1. These anti-fungal or anti-bacterial creams can be purchased over the counter however, if your condition does not improve with these creams, you must consult a doctor. Also, in conditions such as eczema, such creams may not treat the problem.
People suffering from chronic fungal infections may have to take treatments on an ongoing basis. However, the underlying cause of chronic infection could be a poor immune system resulting from conditions such as diabetes. Talk to your doctor explaining your medical history if you have been experiencing dry, red skin on your scrotum for an extended period of time.
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