Scrotal Eczema, Itchy, Red, Dry Flaky Skin on Ball Sac, Natural Remedies

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Scrotal eczema is commonly caused by a skin condition known as allergic or atopic dermatitis. This are both types of eczema, a skin condition that can attack other parts of the body including the ball sac or the testicles skin. Eczema on balls will cause an irritated, red, scaly or flaky ball sac.

In severe cases, eczema rash on balls may be experienced and can be easily confused for an STD infection. Eczema which is also known as atopic dermatitis is a skin condition that is can be difficult to contain if you are caresses with your hygiene.

Dry red scaly irritated ball sac caused by eczema on balls
Dry red scaly irritated ball sac caused by eczema on balls

If you do not put up a good fight it can even drag for a year before it goes away completely. Below are some home remedies and treatment that will help in getting rid of eczema on scrotal sac.

Getting rid and treating eczema on ball sac needs persistence and commitment in using various remedies and medication to contain it by countering the symptoms associated with it. A well moisturized skin can easily survive eczema. It occurs on any part of the skin including the skin that covers the scrotum also known as the ball sac or scrotal sac. Scrotal eczema is also commonly referred to as eczema on balls.

Eczema rash on ball sac, scrotum, testicles

Scrotal eczema rash just like any other eczema rash is red and itchy. These rashes are also filled with pus that tend to ooze out when pricked and leave being a scaly patch on the skin of the scrotal sac. You will feel the urge to scratch your balls often.

It can be very embarrassing to scratch your balls in public plus it scratching them only makes the situation worse. There are home remedies and medicated creams that can help soothe the itching.

Can eczema cause red itchy rash on my balls?

Yes! Eczema is a skin condition that is characterized by itchy feeling on the skin and can cause red itchy rash on balls. It can attack the skin of the scrotal sac that protects the testicles. Technically, it’s the skin of the scrotal sac that is itching and not your testicles. However, since they are contained in there, they may be referred to as itchy testicles when the eczema on scrotum causes itching.

According to healthmds.org, “Itchy testicle sack with no rash can be caused by an allergic reaction, eczema, dermatitis, or intertrigo. All these conditions are not only uncomfortable, but they also happen to be very itchy and may be accompanied by a reddish-looking rash”

Symptoms of eczema on balls

Scrotal eczema can be very itchy and may be confused for other types of dermatitis. The following are some of the symptoms to look out for if you suspect that you have scrotal eczema;

  1. Dry scally skin
  2. Red itchy rash on balls that is filled with pus or clear fluid
  3. Inflammations on the skin
  4. Thinning of hair on the scrotal sac

Causes of scrotal eczema

Eczema on scrotum is not contagious .It causes are also not exactly known but the following are some of the major culprits of the flare up of eczema on the scrotum;

  1. Allergic reactions to all sort of allergens including ranging from certain type of foods to chemicals found in soaps and detergents used to shower or wash under garments.
  2. Emotional Stress or anxiety
  3. Wearing tight boxers
  4. Wearing boxers that are not made out of cotton .They cause friction between the skin of the scrotum and the fabric hence leading to eczema
  5. Other forms of dermatitis like psoriasis
  6. Family history of eczema
  7. Diabetes
  8. High humid environment

Dry skin on ball sac, testicles, scrotum

Dry skin on the ball sac or the scrotum has no specific cause. It is mostly common in men who have a general dry skin type. However some other skin conditions like eczema or sexually transmitted diseases can also cause dry skin on ball sac. Eczema on scrotum will make your skin dry, scally and flaky. Other medical operations like vasectomy can also make you have dry skin on the ball sac.

What is the difference between scrotal eczema and scrotal psoriasis?

Eczema is caused by allergens, environmental factors or family history while psoriasis is a skin condition which involves rapid production of skin cells .These cells pile up rapidly and they pile and thicken to form silver or white bumps on the skin.

Eczema rash is caused by over active immune system that reacts to allergens among other factors named above. It is completely red while psoriasis is significantly white or silver in colour with a red background.

What is the difference between eczema in groin and jock itch

Scrotal eczema and jock itch are both itchy and are associated with a red rash .However, they are two different types of dermatitis .However the main difference between these two skin condition is that jock itch is caused by a type of fungus while eczema is a caused by allergies or dry skin among other factors.

Red itchy rash on balls and eczema

Eczema on the ball sac or scrotal eczema is characterized by red itchy rash on the balls. This rash has a burning sensation and tiny inflammations that are filled with fluid. Scratching this rash can only make things worse for you. According to NHS,” Reducing scratching will reduce the risk of infection and help avoid skin damage

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How to get rid of scrotal eczema naturally using home remedies

The following home remedies will help soothing, reduce the inflammation, itching, burning and cracking or peeling off of your skin. You do have to rely on medicine all the time.

Scrotal Eczema Image
Scrotal Eczema Image

These remedies are very effective when used diligently and patiently. They will help you get rid of eczema with time. Pick the one that is most suitable for your and maintain a routine of using it. Remember, do not use any home remedies that you are allergic to or those that you have reacted to in the past.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera gel soothes your balls and prevents the itchiness as well as the burning sensation that is associated with scrotal dermatitis. It is rich in Vitamin E and a very good moisturizer as well which prevents dry skin on balls.

Requirements

  1. Aloe Vera leaves
  2. A sharp knife
  3. A mixer/ blender
  4. A bowl for collecting  the gel
  5. A clean piece of cloth
  6. Clean water

How to use Aloe Vera to soother eczema on balls

  1. Cut three pieces of aloe Vera leaves them on both ends.
  2. Gently peel off the upper green layer from the leaf using a knife. This way, you will be able to expose the thick Aloe Vera gel in the leaves.
  3. In case you find any yellow liquid on the leaf, rinse it out with clean water.
  4. Peel off the green back of the leaf.
  5. The clear thick gel that is left behind is the aloe Vera gel.
  6. Cut the gel into small pieces and blend the gel into a liquid form.
  7. Collect the gel in a bowl
  8. Take a shower and wash your balls clean
  9. Dry them with a towel
  10. Gently apply the aloe Vera gel on your balls and gently massage it into the skin
  11. Let it dry up
  12. Wash off the Aloe Vera gel thoroughly using plenty of cold water.
  13. Dry your skin, becomes dampness can trigger fungal infection that can cause other skin diseases like jock itch
  14. Repeat the process 3 time a day

2. Olive Oil

Olive oil is a moisturizer and soothes skin irritations. It rejuvenates skin that is peeling off. Olive oil is an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent and it will reduce the swelling and red rash caused by scrotal eczema.

Requirements

  1. Olive oil
  2. A clean towel
  3. Hot water
  4. Clean water

What to do at home

  1. Pour some olive oil on your hands
  2. Gently massage the oil into your skin
  3. Soak a clean towel in hot water and hang it in the air so that it cools off a bit to a temperature that your skin can handle.
  4. Wrap your balls with this towel until the towel gets cold
  5. Remove the towel and leave the olive oil on your skin overnight
  6. Repeat this procedure every night before you got to bed.

3. Oat meal

Oatmeal is a natural moisturizer. It soothes itchy balls and also reduces the eczema bumps because it is an anti-inflammatory agent.

You will need these;

  1. Raw oatmeal
  2. A sock
  3. A clean piece of cloth
  4. Clean water

How to use them on ball sac

  1. Fill up the a sock with oatmeal and tie a tight knot on its open edge to ensure that the oats do not drop out of it
  2. Dip the sock full of oatmeal in warm water
  3. Squeeze out the water and let it flow over your balls
  4. Let the oatmeal water dry on your ball sac
  5. Rinse it off with warm water and dry your skin using a clean piece of cloth.
  6. Alternatively you can soak the sock full of oatmeal in your bath water and using it to bathe
  7. Repeat this process 4 times a week

4. Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile has got a calming effect.it soothes itchy skin and prevent the burning sensation caused by the red rash .It is as antiseptic and prevents secondary infections by bacteria or fungi which are the main causes of scrotal dermatitis.

Requirements

  1. Chamomile flowers
  2. Warm Water
  3. A cup

 

Steps to follow 

  1. Place chamomile flowers in a boiling pot and add two cups of water
  2. Boil the leaves for 10 minutes
  3. Sieve off the flowers to obtained the juice from the flowers
  4. Soak a cotton ball with this juice
  5. Gently apply the chamomile flower juice on the scrotal sac.
  6. Let it settle on the skin and dry up
  7. Wash it off using cold water
  8. Repeat this process 4 times a week until you notice a significant change
  9. You can also add chamomile flowers to your bath water and soak your skin it

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory agent. It dis infects your balls against harmful organisms like fungi that can cause secondary infection. It reduces the scrotal eczema bumps and soothes the itchy feeling. The scally skin will be cleared off. Avoid this remedy if your skin cracks due to dryness

Requirements

  1. Apple cider vinegar
  2. A Cotton Ball
  3. Clean water
  4. A clean piece of cloth

How to use apple cider vinegar to stop itchy balls and soothe eczema on ball sac

  1. Clean and dry your balls
  2. Mix one part of apple cider vinegar with one part of water
  3. Soak a cotton ball with the apple cedar vinegar water
  4. Apply apple cider vinegar water on the eczema on affected area using the cotton ball
  5. Let it dry up on the skin
  6. Rinse it off with clean water and dry your skin
  7. Repeat this process 2 times a day until you notice a significant change.

6. Honey

Honey is a natural moisturizer. It soothes the skin and reduces the pain caused by itchy scrotal dermatitis. Honey will rejuvenate, repair and prevent your skin form peeling due to dryness. It is advisable that you use natural unprocessed honey.

What you need

  1. Natural honey
  2. Warm water
  3. A clean piece cloth

What to do

  1. Ensure that your balls are clean and dry
  2. Apply honey directly on the scrotal sac .Be gentle
  3. Let it settle for 15 minutes
  4. Wash off the honey using warm water
  5. Pat dry your skin using a clean piece of cloth
  6. Repeat this process twice a day for a week until you observe a significant change

7. Neem and Turmeric

Neem plant is a natural herb that reduces inflammations and soothes skin irritations such as itchy skin or burning sensation on the skin. Neem leaves work best when combined with turmeric because turmeric is an anti-inflammatory agent and has got a soothing effect on the skin.

Requirements

  1. Neem leaves
  2. Turmeric Powder
  3. Coconut oil
  4. A Pestle & a mortar
  5. A sieve
  6. A knife
  7. A cup
  8. Clean water
  9. A clean piece of cloth

 

What to do

  1. Clean the neem leaves before using them to eliminate any germs on them
  2. Cut them into big chunks with a knife
  3. Place them in the mortar
  4. Pound with a pestle to form a paste and sieve the paste in order to obtain the juice from neem leaves.
  5. Add a teaspoon full of turmeric powder and coconut oil to the neem leaves juice
  6. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture and gently apply it on your scrotal eczema
  7. Let it settle for 30 minutes
  8. Rinse it off using cold water
  9. Dry your skin using a clean piece of cloth
  10. Repeat this process twice a day for a week

8. Cucumber

Cucumber has got a cooling effect that will counter the burning sensation caused by scrotal eczema rash. It will soothe the red inflammations and reduce irritation.

Requirements

  1. Cucumber
  2. Knife
  3. Pestle and mortar
  4. Clean water
  5. A clean towel

Direction

  1. Slice cucumbers into several tiny pieces
  2. Place them in a mortar and crush with a pestle into paste
  3. Apply the paste on the scrotal eczema
  4. Let it settle for 20 minutes
  5. Wash it off using cold water
  6. Ensure you dry your balls with a clean towel because dampness encourages the growth of fungi which causes jock itch.

9. Baking Soda

Baking soda will soothe the scrotal and stop the itchy and burning sensation on your balls.

Requirements

  1. Baking soda
  2. Warm Water
  3. A clean towel
  4. A Cotton ball

What to do

  1. Ensure your balls are clean and dry
  2. Mix 5 tablespoonful of baking powder with a few drops of water and stir into a thick paste.
  3. Use a clean cotton ball to apply the thick paste on the ball sac. Be very gentle with your balls.
  4. Let it stay on your skin for 2 minutes
  5. Rinse it off using warm water
  6. Dry your skin using a clean piece of cloth
  7. Repeat this process twice in a day for a week

11. Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E is and essential oil that is ideal for rejuvenating damaged skin. It soothes the skin and reduces itchy feeling and burning sensation caused by scrotal eczema.

What you need

  1. Vitamin E oil capsule
  2. A clean towel
  3. Clean water

Procedure

  1. Ensure that your balls are clean and dry
  2. Extract vitamin E oil from vitamin E oil capsules
  3. Pour vitamin E oil on your hands
  4. Gently massage your scrotal sac using the oil
  5. Let the oil stay on your skin overnight

Repeat this procedure every night before you got to bed

12. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt will detox your skin and sooth the irritation caused by eczema. You should use it often in order to notice significant change.

Requirements

  1. Epsom salt
  2. Clean Water
  3. Coconut oil
  4. A clean piece of cloth
  5. A spoon
  6. A ball of cotton

What to do

  1. Boil water and pour a small amount of it in a cup while it is still very hot.
  2. Mix 1 tablespoon full of Epsom salt with this hot water.
  3. Add a few drops of coconut oil
  4. Stir the mixture using a spoon to dissolve the Epsom salt.
  5. Let the mixture cool to room temperature
  6. Soak a ball of cotton with this solution
  7. Apply the solution on the affected scrotal eczema
  8. Let it settle for an hour before you rinse it off and dry your skin
  9. Use Epsom salt as often as you can

13. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has got antifungal and antiseptic properties. It prevents secondary infection on the scrotal eczema. Tea tree oil can be very harsh to the skin so you need it neutralize it using coconut oil or olive oil.

Requirements

  1. Tea tree oil
  2. Coconut oil or olive oil
  3. A Cotton Ball

What to do

  1. Ensure that your ball are clean and dry
  2. Mix tea tree oil with olive oil or coconut oil
  3. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture of tea tree oil and olive oil or coconut oil
  4. Apply the oil mixture on the scrotal eczema using the cotton ball.
  5. Let it settle and sink into the skin overnight
  6. Wash it off in the morning.

14. Coconut oil

Coconut is a moisturizer and prevents your skin form drying up. It has a soothing effect on your balls.

Requirements

  1. Coconut oil
  2. A clean towel
  3. Hot water
  4. Clean water

What to do

  1. Pour some coconut oil on your hands
  2. Gently massage the oil into your skin
  3. Let it stay on your skin over night
  4. Rinse it off in the morning
  5. Repeat this procedure every night before you got to bed.

15. Flaxseed

Flaxseeds are able to soothe any kind of pain .They work from the inside so you need to eat them regularly. They have no side effects. You can use this remedy alongside other remedies

Requirements

  1. Flax seed
  2. A beverage like yoghurt

Preparation

  1. Scoop a few spoons of flaxseeds
  2. Add them to a glass of yoghurt and mix properly
  3. Drink the mixture and enjoy
  4. Alternatively add flaxseeds to your breakfast cereals.
  5. Do this every day if possible

 

 

Scrotal dermatitis treatment

Treatment of eczema (atopic dermatitis) mainly focuses on eliminating the itching or burning sensation of the rash or reducing inflammation of the bumps as well as repairing the damaged skin. There is no specific treatment for eczema. According to Mayo Clinic, “No cure has been found for atopic dermatitis. But treatments and self-care measures can relieve itching and prevent new outbreaks.

Topical steroid creams and ointments that can be used to reduce itchy feeling on eczema rash can be bought over the counter in as chemist. Such creams include; hydrocortisone, clobetasone butyrate or mometasone.

Creams and ointments that reduce inflammations and contain allergic reactions like pimecrolimus cream and tacrolimus ointment can help in fighting eczema. You only need to use these creams once a day. Antihistamines like celestamine can also help in countering allergies that cause eczema on the skin.

It is important that you invest in a good moisturizer in order to prevent dry skin on balls.

In case of secondary infections then antibacterial or antifungal treatments can be recommended depending on the diagnosis by your doctor.

As much as you can get most of these medications over the counter, it is still important that you consult your doctor before using them.

Reference;

  1. http://www.healthline.com/health/scrotal-eczema#diagnosis5
  2. http://www.healthfrom.com/Disease/view-2531.html
  3. http://buddymd.com/scrotum-skin-rash
  4. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eczema/basics/definition/con-20032073
  5. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/eczema/basics/treatment/con-20032073
  6. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Eczema-(atopic)/Pages/Treatmentoptions.aspx
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Felix .N. is a professional graphic designer with a Bachelor of Arts (Design) from The University of Nairobi (UON). Felix is now studying Medicine at Jomo Kenyatta International University and is currently moving around the world to help in areas were vets are limited. He is also a Medical researcher and works with several health organisations as listed below when it comes to research and publishing. He is also an Editor at: HealthClue.org, lifecircle.me, healthytreat.org, beautyclue.com, eczemarelief.org, cureguide.org, petnurse.org, treatheal.org.

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