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I have itchy scrotum after trimming the hair. Can I have scrotal dermatitis?

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At January 29, 2021
Reviewed AtJanuary 5, 2024

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have itchiness in the scrotum for the past few weeks. I do not have pimples or spots. The scrotal skin appears to be red when I scratch them. I tried using warm salt baths and it reduces itching at night. Moisturizers also helped me a lot. I seem to find this symptom getting worse after trimming my hair in that region. What is the problem here?

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Please mention whether you have a history of atopy or allergy, scrotal dermatitis, dry scaly peeling in scrotal skin, any past fungal infection, and any annular or round lesions with elevated margins. Please mention whether it is spreading, any moist or wet body areas, any excess scratching and rubbing of the lesion, and any friction. Please mention whether you use tight inners, whether you have aggravation of itching during night time, and any allergies. You have not attached the picture. Kindly attach the picture of the affected region so that I can help you. I need to see the affected area to suggest the diagnosis and treatment.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

I have attached the picture.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I have gone through the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You have scrotal dermatitis. It is a kind of allergy in which the scrotum develops a pink rash with dryness and there is severe itching. You can take tablet Levocetirizine 5 mg daily at night for ten days. Otherwise, you can take tablet Allegra 180 mg (Fexofenadine) daily at night. You can apply Hydrocortisone one percent in a very small quantity on the itchy area daily at night for fifteen days. Apply a good moisturizer at least three to four times daily. Aveeno Moisturizer (Glycerin with Dimethicone) is a good moisturizer.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

I am concerned about scabies due to itching. Can I have it?

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Please mention whether you have aggravation of itching at night time. You can use Permite BB bar soap (Elestab 0.1%) for bathing for a month.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Yes, I have aggravation of itching at night time. What is the cause?

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

There is an aggravation of itching at night time in scabies. You can have a differential diagnosis of scrotal dermatitis and genital scabies. Try to follow the treatment for scrotal dermatitis and you can use Permite BB bar soap for bathing for a month. You can apply five percent Permite cream (Permethrin) at night only on the genitals and wash it off after eight to twelve hours the next morning. Repeat the application for seven days. Maintain proper genital hygiene. Avoid scratching or rubbing the lesions. It can cause secondary bacterial infection. You can use Fucidin cream (Fusidic acid) twice daily for seven days if you get a secondary bacterial infection. Wear loose comfortable thin cotton inners. Avoid using tight clothes or inners. Avoid occlusion or friction. Avoid having sweating over there. Stay in a well ventilated cool room or environment. Wash your clothes separately. Try to wash your clothes in hot water. You need to iron the clothes. Change bed linens or pillow covers frequently. Use a separate towel and soap for you. Do not share your personal belongings. Your family members need to be treated if they have similar complaints. Maintain proper hygiene as hygiene plays an important role here. Try to add neem leaves or add 3 ml of antiseptic liquid-like Dettol or Savlon in the bathing water. Have a bath twice daily. Use lukewarm water for bathing. Have a clean and dry area.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

I am confused. What is the diagnosis? Can I have scabies on the scrotum?

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Scrotal dermatitis is the diagnosis as explained above. But sometimes dermatitis can present with scabies along with it. As you have aggravation of itching at night time, and so treatment is need for curing both the conditions. Have a follow up after two weeks.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Please say about the other symptoms of scabies.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

In scabies, there are web spaces in fingers, your family members can have similar symptoms, and there is an aggravation of itching at night time. These three features are the particular signs of scabies.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

I do not have rashes or spots on the body. None of my family members have similar symptoms. I have itching at night time. Even then I guess night itching could be due to scrotal dermatitis. Please suggest.

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, you can confirm the diagnosis of scrotal dermatitis. You can take treatment for scabies as night aggravation of itching is a classic sign of scabies. Have a follow-up after two weeks.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav
Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

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