5 Possible Causes of Genital Itching - Somerset Urological Associates

5 Possible Causes of Genital Itching

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two hands over red genital area because of genital itching

There is nothing to be ashamed of- everybody itches! This particular topic may be challenging to discuss with family and friends, but not with your doctor. Itching down there does not automatically mean you have a sexually transmitted infection or disease, because itchy genitals can be caused by many treatable explanations, but you won’t know until you see your physician. Don’t be nervous or embarrassed to talk about this topic, because it’s more common than you think. What are the possible causes of genital itching? – Keep reading to learn more.

#1. Jock Itch

Red rash, itching, pain, odor? – You might have Jock Itch. Jock itch is a fungal infection of the skin produced by mold-like matters that are also known as dermatophytes. These minuscule fungi exist on the skin, hair, and nails. They are normally harmless but can spread rapidly and cause infections.  They flourish in damp, warm zones like the groin, inner thighs, and hindquarters. Jock itch is predominantly common in men and adolescent boys, where the infection can produce a burning rash and scaly skin. Jock itch is thought to be a minor infection and is easily treatable by your physician. It’s important for you to wash with soap and water by your groin and armpit area on a daily basis. Keep up good hygiene to avoid this type of infection.

#2. Yeast Infection

Did you know that both men and women can get yeast infections? This can lead to an ailment called balanitis, where inflammation is present on the head of the penis (this is more common for uncircumcised males). Yeast infections in males are more common than most people think because the fungus that causes yeast infections exists on damp saturated skin. It can also be present during intercourse with a female partner who has the infection. It is projected that 75% of women will have at least one yeast infection in her lifetime. The vagina is fascinating because it includes a healthy equilibrium of bacteria and yeast- but if something disturbs that equilibrium, a fungus called candida can develop wildly and trigger a yeast infection. Yeast infection causes can vary- from your hormones, diabetes, antibiotics, douches, or even from wearing tighter synthetic clothing. It is important to seek treatment right away if you think you might have a yeast infection.

#3. Public Lice

Hidden, harmless, and hands down easy to eliminate are public lice, also known as crabs. Many individuals experience pubic lice infections every year. Pubic lice feed off your blood, survive on your skin and hairs around your genitals, and are spread during sexual contact.  Getting pubic lice does not mean that you have bad hygiene- even the cleanest individual is vulnerable to crabs if they come into contact with them. Crabs can cause uncomfortable itching and irritation but are not life-threatening. In most cases,  you can eliminate pubic lice with over the counter medications.  It’s estimated that in the U.S. alone, 3 million individuals get pubic lice every year.

#4. Scabies

Scabies is a condition caused by minuscule bugs (mites) that nest into your skin and lay eggs, and this is a highly transmittable skin condition. When the eggs hatch, the bugs will scuttle along the skin, creating fresh burrows that leave behind skinny red trails of little red bumps. Scabies produces severe itching across the genitals, behind, breasts, and knees. You can catch scabies through extended intimate physical contact with someone who is infected. The physical contact does not have to be sexual- it could be from a handshake or a hug, especially in public places such as classrooms, daycares, or nursing homes.  Scabies is usually treatable through oral medication administered by your physician.

#5. Un-Alarming Reasons for the Itch

Not all reasons for genital itching are scary.  Sometimes, the itch could be caused by something as simple as an old razor or an allergen from a new product. New products that come in contact with your genital area could trigger itching or genital skin irritation. Be careful of soaps, detergents, lotions, and other skin care products that come in contact with your sensitive areas.

Treatment For Genital Itching in NJ with Somerset Urological Associates

At Somerset Urological Associates, our objective is to deliver the highest level of care from our highly skilled team of doctors. Scratching and itching your irritated skin can create a bigger problem for you later on. We are dedicated to addressing the needs of our patients with compassion and professionalism through our diverse and comprehensive services and procedures. If you are experiencing genital itching and irritation, please don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule a visit today!