Itchy Balls

itchy balls


When people search itchy penis they most likely mean the shaft.

Infuriating itchy balls are something else.

I know this ball itching is terrible. Tortured from 20 years of inflammation. It’s hard to scratch, easy to wound the skin and you can’t grab your balls to relieve the itch because it would hurt.

Oh. Did I say how bad it is when you have itchy balls in public? There is no way you alleviate that itch.

This type of itching is commonly known as a jock itch. Jock itch is a term for any rash in the groin.

Rashes are often extremely itchy, red, can become scaly, in bad cases bleeding or other structures might appear.

It could be a few different things and scrotal eczema is one of them.

We will cover what the problem might be and treatment options as well as some personal tips from experience.

Identifying the Problem: What are the Causes?

Fungal Infections

It could be a local fungus infection(dematophytes).

Fungus grows fast in warm humid climates, unfortunately, your balls are one of these places.

Especially if you don’t wash them properly (we will go into this later).

Unfortunately the balls (scrotum) has a whole lot of surface area, meaning it is folded skin giving lots of nice little crevices for fungus to grow.

When the fungus gets to a certain point it starts causing itching and irritation. This is the usual thing when people say they have a jock itch.

This jock itch can spread to inner thighs and anus, and the entire crotch area, because it might will be spreading to new lands to conquer.

Scrotal Eczema (Dermatitis)

It could be Eczema. Perhaps contact with an irritant or allergen trigger. If it’s an allergic reaction often the entire area may itch also.

If discomfort, rash and severe itch comes suddenly and out of nowhere then its likely to be Eczema.

Eczema is inflammation caused by allergins which triggers itchy skin.

Yeast Infection

This is typically a woman type of infection caused by Candida albicans.

It can easily be transferred to men during sexual intercourse and other circumstances also may trigger its growth.

Pubic Lice or Crabs (The Scary One)

This is the scariest one. Live and crabs are super tiny creatures that feed on human blood, this can trigger severe itching

They also spread via sexual intercourse, or just all over clothing, bedding, towels and so on.

Is considered a form of STD(see below)


Scabies is caused by sarcoptes scabeil, which is also known as the itch mite.The most common symptom of scabies is a severe itchy rash that develops in the warm skin folds around the genitals. Similar to crabs, the bite of these parasites is what causes the irritation.

The most common symptom of scabies is a severe itchy rash that develops in the warm skin folds around the genitals. Similar to crabs, the bite of these parasites is what causes the irritation.

Similar to crabs, the bite of these parasites is what causes the irritation. Not pretty.


This is in line with Eczema, another skin disorder that also can be triggered on any other area of your body.

The defining characteristic of Psoriasis is raised areas of scaly skin, often.

However when it is on the balls it may just look like a red patch.

Really if it is Eczema and Psoriasis you would know, since this is high unlikely the first time you ever experience Eczema or Psoriasis.

STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)

Jump to STD section.

Are You Making It Worst?

In my experience, a couple of things can make it worst:

  • Not showering/bathing enough. Once a day is a must. Any less frequent and bacteria can grow.
  • If it’s Eczema, Continued intake or exposure to an allergen could be making it re-emerge every time the inflammation ceases.
  • Intensive exercises such as treadmill running, that causes excessive sweat. Sweat creates moist conditions which allow bacteria to grow.
  • Unwashed underpants tend to be damp and breed bacteria and fungus – have you done your laundry lately?

How To Stop Itchy Balls (My Experience)

Shave! This does really work. If you love your pubes, compromise by shaving off half.  Basically, bacteria grow on the hair and that’s one of the prime causes of itchy balls. Simply shaving will a lot of times resolve the problem. At the very least it will reduce the itchiness.

Disinfect using cleansers such as Cetaphil’s cleanser, or other types of anti-bacterial soap. Make sure to choose something for sensitive skin, as normal soaps can contain abrasive substances which dry your skin.

To stop the itchy symptom, you can use anti-itch creams such as Stopitchy’s anti-itch cream, or other mainstream anti-itch products usually designed for Eczema or mosquito bites.

Sparingly use prescription creams if possible, and don’t use them too continuously as they often have side effects.

Prescription creams are effective but they are also powerful steroids in many cases which cause all kinds of havoc.

Your doctor may also issue an anti-viral cream, which is essential in some of the problems above and cannot be treated with mere cleaning and natural solutions.

Natural Treatment Relief Options

1. Tea Tree Oil

The oil naturally eliminates bacteria, it also happens to be antifungal and a deep cleaning agent.

To use it: Apply to an irritated area using a cotton ball twice a day for a week. You can also mix it with coconut oil to avoid a possible burning sensation.

You can also add a few drops to your bath water (if you take a bath and soak for about half an hour).

There are also many shower gels and soap that contain tea tree oil.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is can be used for skin infections, as it is naturally antifungal and antibacterial. It is however strong and can burn, and application should not be repeated in large doses. It’s best to dilute the stuff.

To dilute: Combine two cups of slightly warm water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, then use the liquid to clean the infected area.

With this diluted solution, you can do this in the morning, midday and before bed. Though morning is the most important because sleep is when you sweat and the bacteria or fungus grows.

3. Rubbing Alcohol

Alcohol will hurt if the itchy balls are cause by wounds, otherwise it’s a usable solution, though not recommended. Alcohol also kills infection and dries out the area.

You can use a cotton ball to aspply it 2-3 times a day.

4. Listerine

Listerine is created to be an antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial solution. Just as can be done with the rubbing alcohol, you can apply this to the infected area using a cotton ball 2-3 times a day. It may sting at first, but the relief will soon follow.

5. White Vinegar

White vinegar has similar anti-septic properties as many of the other remedies mentioned. I think you get the idea by now.

Create a solution of white vinegar by mixing one part vinegar, to four parts of water. Cleanse by dipping cloth in the solution and wiping the balls.

Another option is to mix 1 part white vinegar to 1 part coconut oil and spread on the infection. After a couple hours, wash it off.

Check for STDs

STD’s are probably the last thing on your mind, but they, unfortunately, cause itchy balls too. That said many of them are treatable.

If your itchy balls are not going away with the above tips. Get an appointment with your doctor to see if it could be an STD.

STD’s are a large subject, so we will only cover them briefly for they are rarer.

These are the STDs that can cause itchy balls:

Herpes – Caused by Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 or Type 2. Painful blisters around genitals, rectum and mouth. Can be transmitted by simply touching the blister or the fluid from it.

Gonorrhea – Caused by bacteria Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. Burning sensation when urinating with white, yellow or greenish discharge.

Genital Warts – Known as condyloma. Caused by Human Papillomavirus. Appears as a bump or group of bumps on the groin area. When the warts get large they can cause itching, burning and discharge.

Chlamydia – Most common STD. Silent infection, does not have symptoms. When symptoms manifest, it involves burning sensation when urinating. Pain and itching also occurs.

Trichomoniasis – Parasitic infection. More common in women, but can be transmitted to men. The mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin. Causes itching inside the penis, burning sensation whilst urinating also.

Pubic Lice (Crabs) – Already mentioned above.



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