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Macho Problem: Dry Skin On Balls

Updated on December 12, 2014
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Trained in dentistry, Sree is currently studying lab sciences. She enjoys researching various health topics and writing about her findings.

Dry Skin Down There

When it comes to beauty and hygiene routines, it is no understatement that women outdo men. While women take forever to shower, dress and prepare, give the average man ten minutes and voila! He is tying his shoelaces.

This quick-paced approach to hygiene has its negatives though. They might not admit it, but men also encounter hygiene-related problems like women sometimes do. One of these problems is having dry skin on balls.

"Privates problems" is certainly not cool for the macho man, especially for someone with a string of hot dates. However, it should also be taken seriously and be treated immediately. The scrotal area provides optimum condition for bacterial and fungal growth that many men encounter red, flaky skin on their balls.

Macho Problem: dry skin on balls
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Symptoms

Dryness and itching in the scrotum is an indication that your privates have a problem. Most importantly, avoid scratching the affected area. Scratching may worsen the problem and could lead to cuts which may be infected. Scratching may also spread the problem to other areas in the body.

Primary Causes

Having dry skin on balls often happen during summer or hot months when weather conditions cause excessive sweating on the balls. Sometimes, wearing of synthetic clothes that do not allow oxygen to reach the balls causes the dryness in the area. In a many cases, poor hygiene is to blame.

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How To Prevent Red, Flaky Dry Skin On Balls
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Other Causes of Dry Skin On Balls

Eczema : One type of itch that may affect the crotch is eczema. Eczema is a chronic skin condition marked by itching, inflammation, redness and swelling of the skin. While eczema is incurable, there are many ways to prevent flare-ups and remissions.

Eczema is typically treated using topical steroid creams and moisturizers. They come as lotions, creams and ointments and vary in water and oil content. For large, hairy or weepy areas, lotions are easiest to apply. On the other hand, creams and ointments are messy to apply but suitable for very dry skin.

Extramammary Paget's Disease : Extramammary Paget's Disease is a skin cancer in the scrotum which may look similar to eczema. If the rash does not respond to treatments for eczema, chances are the patient is inflicted with this disease.

Candidiasis (yeast infection) : Candidiasis is a fungal infection that affects both men and women. The yeast infection commonly causes itching, burning, irritation and pain in the groin area. In women, it cases a profuse cheese-like discharge in the vagina. Although it may be caused by sexual contact from an infected person, it is closely associated with diabetes mellitus. Pregnancy is also linked to candidiasis.

Psoriasis : This chronic skin disorder is characterized by red, thickened skin with silvery scales on scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. When psoriasis hits the groin, it makes red patches in the area instead of thickened, scaly skin.

Tinea cruris : One condition that may result from a simple dry skin on your balls is Tinea cruris, or extreme crotch itch. It causes a burning sensation in the groin area, thigh skin folds or anus. Affected areas often appear red, tan, brown and have flaking, peeling, rippling, or cracking skin.

This type of infection may be caused by a weak immune system, fungus from an athlete's foot infection that spread through the groin or tight, restrictive clothing such as jockstraps that traps heat and moisture.

Treatment : Oftentimes, having dry skin on balls can be treated with antibacterial or antifungal creams that can be purchased over the counter. If creams did not work or if you have been experiencing dry skin on your scrotum for a long period of time, it's best to consult a doctor. There are always possibilities of chronic fungal infections or something more serious than simply dry skin "down there". Dry skin on balls might also be an indication for a weak immune system.

In choosing antibacterial creams, keep in mind that it should suit your skin type and feel pleasant on the skin. Take note if the cream reduces dryness and keeps the skin hydrated. Strong antibacterial creams with glycolic acid should be avoided as they may aggravate the dryness and flaking of the scrotal area.

For Tinea cruris, there is specific treatment, particularly antifungal creams with allylamine and azole. These antifungal agents stop fungi from producing ergosterol, which is vital for fungal cell membranes. If the skin inflammation causes discomfort and itching, glucocorticoid steroid may be combined with the antifungal drug.

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How To Prevent Red, Flaky Skin On Balls

Change your lifestyle, if you have to. Check your diet and start eating healthy, natural food to increase your immune system. Stop smoking or drinking for a while and see if it would improve your condition. Exercise regularly but maintain optimum hygiene habits.

Check your hygiene habits. If you have been seeking treatment, it is also better to check which of your hygiene practices may have caused the problem or which may worsen it. Ensure that you maintain body cleanliness as well as keep your clothes and surroundings clean.

Follow these steps:

  1. The easiest way to avoid flaky, dry skin on balls is to practice good hygiene. Regular bathing and washing of your "privates" with mild soap and water reduces the risks of having bacterial and fungal infections.
  2. Make sure that your scrotum is dry before putting on clothes.
  3. After swimming or perspiring, put on dry clothes right away. Avoid using wet or sweaty clothes.
  4. Wear cotton clothing and avoid tight and synthetic clothes. Take note that bacteria and fungi thrive in sealed-off areas that does not allow oxygen.
  5. Do not share clothes or towel with others.
  6. Wear loose sleepwear.
  7. Change your underwear daily. Repeated use of underwear gives the fungi opportunity to multiply.

Keeping an Eye Out For STDs

If you find flaky skins or burning itch in your "privates", do not jump into the conclusion that you might have STD. Usually, signs of STDS are much more complex than simple itching and happen over a long period of time. If you fear yours is not a simple case of itching, stay calm and seek a doctor.

Most men may find "jock itch" embarrassing and try to ignore or hide the problem. Some may even refrain from sexual activities for fear of embarrassment or infecting their partner. Try a positive approach to solving the problem. If you have a partner, be open to your partner about your issue and seek help if over-the counter medicines are not effective.

In an age where beauty and self-projection is valued highly, it is important to take care of your body as well as your wellness.

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      Beatriz 

      3 years ago

      AFAICT you've covreed all the bases with this answer!

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