People with eczema may find that developing it on their scrotum can be a nuisance. But why does eczema on the scrotum happen in the first place?
This article will explore what eczema is and why it happens, as well as the specific circumstances that can cause scrotal eczema. We’ll also talk about treatment options that can help resolve the issue.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema is a condition that manifests as scaly patches of skin, and it can occur anywhere on the body. These patches can feel leathery and are often itchy and devoid of moisture. They can also be inflamed, rough, or cracked. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis, and symptoms can vary depending on the individual. Most often, they manifest as red, patchy, and itchy skin.
Sometimes, areas of the skin with eczema can become infected by fungi, viruses, or bacteria. This can lead to worse symptoms, such as intense itching, pus that may appear white or yellow, burning, and fluid discharge.
Types of Eczema On Scrotum
Some people may have experienced an occasional bout of eczema on their scrotum. As you can imagine, this can be particularly uncomfortable considering the symptoms mentioned in the section above.
However, considering that the skin of the scrotum is subject to more contact, moisture, and clothing coverage than other parts of the body, different types of eczema may result.
- Type 1 eczema is relatively mild and may resolve on its own within a few weeks. The scrotum skin may be dry, red, and itchy.
- Type 2 eczema is more severe than type 1, with more reddening and scaly patches appearing over a greater region, which may include the penis and surrounding areas of the groin.
- Type 3 wet eczema is different from the aforementioned because of the presence of moisture. The scrotal skin may discharge fluid and develop sores and a foul odor.
- Type 4 swollen eczema is a more aggravated version of type 3, with the development of pus, lesions, and ulcers in the region. It may be excruciating.
Causes of Scrotal Eczema
Although people already living with eczema may develop it on their scrotum, there are other causes for it, such as:
- A hot, humid environment. People wearing thick layers of clothing in hot climates may be more susceptible to developing scrotal eczema as the skin in the area is continually subject to moisture and heat.
- Allergies to contraceptive methods. The use of latex condoms may trigger allergies for some individuals. In contrast, others may be allergic to particular lubricants or spermicides used in the condom or as separate contraceptives.
- Stress. Psychological stress can cause the development of skin disorders.
- Excessive itching. Scratching an itchy scrotum may irritate the skin and allow bacteria or fungi in the region to colonize the area. This causes more itching, which worsens the problem.
Treatment of Eczema on Scrotum and Conclusion
Treatment generally involves keeping the skin of the scrotum clean and free of excess moisture. This may mean wearing clothing that allows the skin in the area to breathe. A qualified dermatologist can assess the root cause of the irritation and prescribe medicated creams that can help soothe the skin and alleviate distress.
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