Every man needs to give their testicles a scratch once in a while, but if you’re experiencing persistent itching downstairs, this could be a sign of an underlying problem.
There’s a range of issues that can cause your balls to itch a lot, but some of the most common include the following.See a Doctor
Your genitals are a sensitive region and will get easily upset if subjected to too much moisture or chafing from clothing that’s rough or too tight.
This is particularly common among people who exercise a lot, or have been sweating for some other reason (e.g. during a heatwave or warm work environment).
Chafing can get really severe, leading to dryness and even cracked, bleeding skin in the area, as well as a red rash around your scrotum.
Fortunately, itchy balls caused by chafing are easy to relieve and should clear up within the space of a week if treated properly.
There’s various over-the-counter creams that can be used to relieve itching and pain in the short-term, but you should speak to a doctor for advice on picking the right one.
Clean the area regularly and ensure to gently, but thoroughly, dry yourself off properly every time you wash.
If the problem keeps cropping up, you’ll want to invest in loose-fitting clothing that allows air to circulate and boxers are much better than Y-fronts for this. Some people also find applying a bit of baby or talcum powder useful, but try not to apply too much as this can make things even worse.
Some products like shower gel and certain types of soap can also irritate those with sensitive skin. Fortunately, this is easily to relieve by switching out your bathroom products for unperfumed soap, rinsing thoroughly and making sure your groin is dry after washing.
Manscaping is all the rage, but getting too vigorous with your shaving downstairs can lead to razor burns and irritate sensitive skin in the area.
Technique is all-important when shaving below the belt. Invest in some good equipment, like a pre-shave oil, which will help reduce friction and soothe your skin.
Shave in the direction that the hair grows and if it’s your first time, don’t be afraid to use a trimmer to work the hair to a manageable level. Going all in with a razor can lead to clogging, making shaving both harder and more uncomfortable.
Immediately after you’ve shaved, liberally apply some antiseptic post-shave gel and don’t be afraid to moisturise the area regularly in the following days.
Pubic hair helps to reduce friction, as well as enhancing ventilation in the surrounding area - so post-shave, it’s a good idea to use some body powder to minimise the risk of chafing when you’re out and about.
Your groin can be susceptible to developing fungal infections, which can cause itchy testicles. The many folds of skin in the area trap moisture and this warm, wet environment provides an ideal breeding ground for fungi.
One of the main culprits is a species called tinea cruris and while it’s sometimes possible to treat this by improving your cleaning regime, in more advanced cases, you might need to see a doctor and get anti-fungal cream prescribed.
There is the danger of suffering repeated bouts of this type of infection, but you can minimise the risk by keeping the area as clean and dry as possible.
Several types of STI can cause itching in the genital region, including herpes, HPV and crabs. If you’ve had unprotected sex recently and are experiencing an itching sensation in your testicles, speak to a doctor as soon as possible.
We’ve only scratched the surface of the many issues that can lead to itchy balls, and there’s no substitute for getting checked out by a medical professional.
If you’re worried about your genital health, speak to a doctor online in complete confidentiality now.
Our GPs can examine the affected area, diagnose what’s causing the problem and if needed, prescribe medication to treat it effectively.