I am a 34 year old male and have had problems with my testicles itching very extensively for +/10 years. I have been to the doctor several times for this and have never really had a cure. It mostly itches at night or when sitting still during the day. My anal region also itches 80% of the time my testicles itch. The doctor has given me pills and cream on several occasions and they helped very little. I do have excema (Spelling?) on my hands at times when stressed but I put the creme on them and it goes away immediately. I also am anemic (G6PD deficiency)(Not sure you need to know this but hey!) Most nights I itch all night long, even when sleeping. The only thing that actually will help the itching is to pour aftershave on them. That helps and stings for a while and will stop the itching for a while. I have tried just about ever item over the counter and 3 or 4 things from the doctor with lousy results (still itch). Another thing is my testicles will itch alot more in the middle of the night when I have to go to the bathroom (#1). Once I get up and go #1, the itching is relieved for a short period of time. The doctor says I do not have any crabs or whatever and I have been with one sexual partner for years. Also, when I did sleep with others, they never starting itching after sexual intercoarse. My anal area also itches alot 24/ 7/ 365. I have even put the excema cream on the testicles and anal area a few times and I do not remember any good results (still itched). Do think it could be stress, excema, or what? I am at the end of the line. I absolutely hate scratching 24/7/365. Its driving me nuts. I have even changed underwear types, detergents, etc. etc. Please give me any advice!!! I am sick of going to the doctor with no results. Also, I was going to my general family doctor. Should I go to a Dermatologist or ???. Please let me know and I look forward to any help you can give me. Thanks again!!!
Itching gets to be a habit after a while, especially in sensitive areas like the testicles and perianal skin.
But pouring aftershave on? Really!!
I suggest that you:
1) Not use any irritants (like afterhave), even the stinging they produce feels good for a moment, because this increases irritation.
2) Wash with a bland soap (Dove, Neutrogena).
3) Try over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone twice a day for a week. Then stop and use just:
4) a simple moisturizer twice daily (Lubriderm, for instance.)
5) Apply Sarna lotion (OTC) as needed for tich.
After using this regimen for 2-3 weeks, check in with your doctor just to be certain there's nothing else going on.
You may never be completely free of itch, but this approach may well help a lot.
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