Q. What is the reason for severe itch in genitals and the surrounding area?

Answered by
Dr. Sidharth Sonthalia
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 04, 2018 and last reviewed on: May 28, 2019

Hi doctor,

I am 29 years old. I am suffering from itching genitalia for over 5-6 years and the severity would range from low to medium. It is mostly due to sweating in that area. I used to apply itch guard for a few days and it used to get fine. Now, over four to five months I have severe itching on my genitals that is in the penis, testicles and also the area below. I am using Candiderma powder frequently. But, when the problem increases I apply Quadriderm ointment at night for 2-3 days. There is also a lot of flaking and cracking of skin. I have attached the pictures of it. I usually end up itching while sleeping too. What can be the problem? What medication and precaution should I take?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your problem seems to have lingered on to become a chronic hyperkeratotic scrotal eczema.

This is a result of your hyperallergic tendency, constant scratching, sweat induced maceration and intermittent but incomplete treatments with suboptimal medicines.

  • As of now answer few questions of mine. Are you a known diabetic? If not, then please get it tested.
  • Do you have a history of generalized dry skin that worsen in winter? Did you have childhood eczema or sinusitis or childhood asthma?
  • Does your occupation entail a lot of sweating in the groin area? What kind of fabric do you use for undergarments either pure cotton and loose ones or tight synthetic fabric ones?

Till you revert with the answers, I advice you to do the following:

  1. Wash that area twice a day with a moisturizing non-medicated, non neem based soap; like the dove or pears. Removal of sweat by regular washing is important.
  2. Prefer loose cotton undergarments and prefer wearing cotton shorts once you reach home to allow aeration of that area.
  3. Start applying a cream named Tenovate-M (Clobetasol propionate) twice a day over the affected part after bath for seven days and then shift to using Onabet-B or Sertacide-B (Sertaconazole nitrate) cream twice a day for 5 days. Then start with Lulifin cream (Luliconazole) just once at night for two weeks.
  4. If your general health is good, then you must take an oral antifungal as well. Take tablet Terbicip 250 mg (Terbinafine hydrochloride) twice a day for the first week then once a day for next three weeks and complete a course of four weeks.
  5. To reduce itching, you may take a tablet of Levosiz 5 mg (Levocetirizine) or Teczine (Levocetirizine hydrochloride) one tablet at night for 5-10 days.

The Probable causes:

1. Sweating.
2. Tight undergarments.
3. Constant scratching.
4. Application of inappropriate creams intermittently.

Investigations to be done:

1. Blood sugar levels fasting and postprandial.
2. Serum levels of IgE antibodies.

Regarding follow up:

Follow up in two weeks with pictures to a dermatologist online.---> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist

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