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Q. How to get relief from itchy scrotum?

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Dr. Gaurang Gupta
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 20, 2018 and last reviewed on: Sep 12, 2020

Hi doctor,

I am a 36 year old male. I had severe itching on my scrotum for the last one month or so.

This issue first began before three years and has been on and off since then. I have tried several combinations of medicines, including Itraconazole, Terbinafine, Levocetirizine, etc., but only with temporary relief.

The issue always comes back. I do not have a sugar problem. Please advise what medicine I should take.

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetology Dermatology Hair Transplant Surgeon Venereology
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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

You have just explained about your problem of severe itching in the scrotum. Do you have lesion or rashes or swelling of the skin or just itching?

The treatment you are taking is for fungal. As you said you have itching on scrotum, fungal mainly involves groin area and typically ring like rashes are present. Itching in scrotum could be something else too. Two common diseases are scrotal dermatitis and scabies. If you have only itching in scrotum with no other skin changes, then it cannot be fungal and you are taking wrong treatment.

So, please explain everything like any other skin changes with itching. Is itching more at night? Also, do any of your family member or friends circle have itching problem? First, we should make sure whether you really have fungal or something else.

Revert back with the answers to the above questions.


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Thank you doctor,

The skin becomes leathery, but just in the scrotum area and itches a lot. There are rashes too and little bumps on the scrotum skin. The skin of the body is fine with no itching. Groin area also has itching. The itching is not more at night. It happens anytime during the day. Then stops and then starts again. No one in the family has this issue.

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetology Dermatology Hair Transplant Surgeon Venereology
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Welcome back to icliniq.com.

As you said your rest of the skin other then scrotum is normal and groin area also normal, I do not think that it is fungal. Fungal does not involve only scrotum skin. I would like to see the photos of scrotal area and also groin area too. If possible, send me two to four clear photos.

You are taking Itraconazole, the best medicine of fungal, which is costly and most effective. If it has not resolved your issue, then maybe it is not fungal. I am thinking about scabies because you said that you have bumps and that can be pus filled folliculitis, which is common in scabies. Now, I would suggest let us include scabies treatment also with fungal.

You continue fungal treatment because without photo and your explanation does not give clear cut fungal impression, but there is no harm to continue fungal treatment with scabies treatment. Apply Permite 5% (Permethrin) cream all over the body below the neck. It does not matter whether itching is there in the rest of the body or not.

Finish one cream in one application and the next morning, take a bath. You have to do it only once. It is a single shot treatment. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and apply the ointment with consent. Get back after a week for follow up.

Revert back after a week to a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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Thank you doctor,

I have attached two pictures for your reference.

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetology Dermatology Hair Transplant Surgeon Venereology
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

After reviewing the pictures, it is not fungal or scabies. It is a clear cut scrotal dermatitis (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Stop the fungal medicine as it will not be use at all.

I suggest you to continue Levocetirizine 10 mg. Along with that, I suggest Mometasone lotion (Hhsone) mix with Dermadew aloe lotion. Both lotion mix 50% - 50% and apply on scrotum once at night.

Do not use soap or shampoo over this area as chemicals may further increase the allergy. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take the above medicine with consent. Do not keep the area wet and moist.

For further doubts consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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Thank you doctor,

Can I take 5 mg Levocetirizine? I feel drowsy after taking 10 mg. Also, how many times should I take it? Is there any substitute for this? Will this itching go away after applying lotion? This has been almost chronic now. I am so much worried.

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Cosmetology Dermatology Hair Transplant Surgeon Venereology
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Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, you can take 5 mg once at night. Levocetirizine is a totally harmless drug and the dose depends on the effect. If itching is not going with 5 mg, then take 10 mg. Otherwise, continue with 5 mg once at night only or you can take 5 mg twice in a day too.

Yes, the problem will be solved after applying lotion. Although, it is a chronic condition, we have other strong medicines too. But for now, you just use lotions and get back for follow up after two to three weeks.

Revert back after three weeks to a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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