What Kind of Infection is Causing Your Genital Itching?

groinIrritated by an itch in your pants? Bothered by a rash in your private parts? Well, you’re not alone – itches and rashes that afflict the testicles are a common problem for many men. And while sometimes the problems can be caused by sexually transmitted infections such as viral infections and lice infestations, there are other common, non-sexual problems that can cause that a rash, too. These can include inflammatory skin conditions and fungi.

Whatever is ailing your private parts, you should seek medical attention as quickly as possible. While topical skin creams bought over the counter from a pharmacy can give short-term relief, they will not get to the root of the problem, which might require antibiotics to clear.

The different condition cause itching and rashes to appear in different areas of your private parts. So what are the common problems to look out for?

Pubic lice, colloquially known as crabs, are usually spread by sexual contact with someone who already has pubic lice. These tiny parasites will attach themselves to your pubic hair, which will be the area most affected by itching. Look for bloodstains and black dots on your underwear for evidence of lice’s presence. You must consult your GP if you are concerned you have pubic lice.

Genital warts are caused by a sexually transmitted infection and are often found on the testicles, penis and in the pubic area.

Folliculitis is an infection of the skin’s hair follicles. While it can be painful, this condition is not a serious one and is easily cleared with antibiotic creams. Look for tiny, pus-filled spot at the base of a hair.

A highly contagious and easily spread condition, often through close sexual contact, is molluscum contagiosum. It will cause small, raised spots on the skin that are incredibly itchy and can take up to 18 months to clear.

One of the most common itches affecting the penis is genital herpes, a sexually transmitted infection that causes blisters. A rare skin condition known as lichen nitidus can also cause genital itching. Its symptoms are usually tiny spot on the shaft of the penis.

Other common conditions that cause itching include the fungal infection candidiasis, scabies, psoriasis and dermatitis.

Always talk to your doctor about any itches or rashes in the genital area.

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