3 Reasons Your Balls Itch and What to Do about It

You know how it feels. You feel it coming on – that itching around your balls. You try to scratch down there without anyone noticing. And no matter how you itch it doesn’t go away.

What is it? Jock itch? Crabs? Something worse?

It’s hard to get rid of once it starts, so the best thing to do is prevent it from starting at all.

Maybe if we wore kilts or skirts or Roman togas without underwear, it wouldn’t happen so much. We’ll look at this aspect of itchy balls as we address the most common causes.

Some guys love to scratch down there. The relief is pleasurable, and some men get into the habit of leaving a hand in their pants. Well, boys, it doesn’t look good, it’s not attractive to women, and if you’re handling dining ware or shaking hands, it’s downright unhygienic

And that’s not the end of it. If you’re scratching your pubes, it could be a sign that something’s not right.

So, why are you itching? Here are the three most common reasons your balls are itching and remedies for putting a stop to it.

Reason #1: Manscaping Factors

Freshly trimmed and shaved bush and balls feel pretty good – but for many men, it can lead to unpleasant itching. It may be caused by the razor scraping the skin, a nick or two, or even ingrown hairs. There are a variety of things that can result in post-shave itching.

A Dull or Used Razor

Ordinary shaving razors don’t completely remove hair, of course. They slice off the hair close to or right against the skin. The hair follicles are still there, and shaving can irritate them. This irritation can cause some itching.

Also, a dull razor may pull at the hair before slicing through, and this can really screw with the follicles and cause ingrown hairs – a condition often called razor burn.

Because your pubis skin is delicate, shaving there is more likely to cause razor burns than when you shave your face. Also, because pubic hair is thick and coarse, its growth will also cause irritation.

Other factors that can cause or contribute to itching are:

  • Fabric Friction – Your underwear or pants rub against your crotch. When its freshly shaved, the skin is directly exposed to the fabric, and this rubbing irritates the skin.
  • Harsh Chemicals and Scented Soaps - Harsh chemicals and scented soaps are naturally irritating. When applied right before or after shaving, they can also dry out your skin. Dry skin itches.

6 Remedies for Your After Shave Itching

If you repeatedly suffer from itching after shaving, here are six thing you can do about it at home.

Trim Longer Hairs

Trim hairs down to a half inch length before shaving. This will help prevent the shaver from clogging and pulling at your hair. Use a hand mirror to get a good view of areas not easy to see. Be sure to use a trimmer specifically designed for sensitive areas like your balls.

Don’t Dry Shave

Dry skin offers no lubrication, so the razor will scrape and irritate it. Moisture is the preventive remedy here. Soak your balls in warm or hot water. This will not only help lubricate the skin, it will also open the pores and soften the hair.  The moisture allows the razor to glide over the skin, and softer hair is easier to cut.

Use the Right Kind of Shaver

The skin on and around your balls are relatively delicate, so treating your crotch as you do your face is not a good idea. What you need is the right tool for your tool. We strongly recommend that you get an electric shaver designed for the job

Condition and Lubricate

You want your balls and hair well moisturised before shaving. Since the skin down there is especially sensitive, don’t use ordinary soap or shower gel. Get a hair conditioner or shaving cream formulated for sensitive skin.

Shave with the Grain

When you shave, stretch the skin you’re working on taut and shave with the grain – i.e., in the direction it grows. This will avoid pulling the hair and also help prevent ingrown hair.

Use Aftershave

No matter how skilfully or carefully you shave, your skin will still experience some irritation. That’s why you’ll want to cool, soothe and moisturise your skin afterwards. We recommend you find an after-shave lotion designed for intimate areas.

Reason #2: Fungal Infections

Damp, warm and unclean – the perfect environment for fungi. That’s why you should keep things clean down there. Shower after physical exertion and avoid underwear made of synthetics that don’t breathe.

These are the most common fungal infections that can arise in your crotch.

Jock Itch (Tinea cruris)

Jock Itch is a rash that typically afflicts active people who fail to wash or change underwear as often as they should. The main causes are:

  • Tight clothing (friction)
  • Humidity
  • Heat
  • Trapped perspiration

Although numerous microorganisms have been found to play a role, jock itch can have completely non-infectious causes such as those listed above.

Because male genitals are more exposed to friction, heat, humidity and perspiration than female genitals, men tend to suffer from jock itch more than women.

Remedy for Jock Itch

If you neglect to do anything about it, jock itch can last for weeks or months. Luckily, antifungal sprays, powers and creams are available that are effective in treating jock itch and get rid of it in just a few weeks.

While treating your jock itch – or to help prevent it – keep your crotch as clean and dry as you can. Here are some things you can do to speed things along:

  1. Wash your genitals and then dry thoroughly with a soft, clean towel
  2. You another towel for the rest of your body
  3. Apply the medication according to directions
  4. Use the medication as frequently as recommended to prevent a recurrence

Five Easy Habits for Preventing Jock Itch

Good habits are – well – good for anything. This is also true for preventing jock itch.

So, here are five things you can practise to prevent jock itch or other health problems.

Habit

How to do it

Stay clean

Be sure to take a bath or shower at least once a day, and especially after physical exertion.

Stay dry

Keep your crotch clean and dry. If your physician approves, you can also use antifungal powder.

Practise hygiene

Don’t share towels, roll-on deodorants or other body care items that can transfer bacteria.

Wear clean clothes

Wash clothes after you’ve perspired (due to exercise or work) and change underwear at least once a day.

Avoid tight pants and underwear

Tight-fitting clothes rub against the skin, causing chafing and irritation. If itching is a problem, you might think about wearing boxers instead of briefs.

 

Thrush

Thrush is another fungal infection that can lead to unpleasant itching. This condition afflicts both men and women. Candida yeasts are the culprit, especially one yeast fungus called Candida albicans. Other names for this kind of infection are:

  • Yeast infection
  • Candidal balanitis
  • Candidiasis
  • Candida

There are various ways of treating thrush, including:

  • Antifungal Creams – These over-the-counter creams can be effective. Just use according to instructions or as directed by a physician.
  • Corticosteroid Creams – Used together with antifungal creams, corticosteroid creams are useful for treating itchiness and swelling. Because some of these creams can make a yeast infection worse, see a medical professional before using them.
  • Clotrimazole Cream - This is a popular medication for yeast infections that afflict men and is especially effective for infections that don’t affect the penis.

Reason #3: Pubic Lice or Crabs

Lice find a home in unwashed, sweaty hair anywhere on your body, including your pubes. They bite into skin to feed on blood, which causes discomforting itching. They also lay their eggs there so that the torture continues.

You can actually see these little grey monsters.

Crabs infest pubic hair and typically spread from one person to another through sexual intercourse. One can also get them from an infected towel or article of clothing.

Pubic lice can be effectively treated with medicated shampoos or creams. If you suspect that your itching is being caused by lice, follow these steps.

  1. Examine your pubic hair – or wherever you’re itching – for lice. If you detect any, wash and dry the area thoroughly.
  2. Apply cream or shampoo to any area you suspect may harbour crabs.
  3. Leave the cream or shampoo on as directed in the instructions.
  4. Remove nits from your hair with a fine-toothed comb or your fingers. Change into clean clothes after you’re done.
  5. Clean all textile items in hot washer and dryer cycles. The heat helps kill lice. Dry clean any items you can’t wash right away or put them in sealed plastic bags for two weeks.
  6. Don’t use insecticides - on yourself, on clothes or anything else in your home. Insecticides are unhealthy for humans and are not effective against crabs.
  7. Consider taking a break from sex – at least with other people – until you’re sure the crabs are gone for good (after all, you don’t want a woman to accuse you of giving her crabs!). Two weeks is the recommended period.
  8. Repeat the procedure if the crabs haven’t gone away in ten days.

Preventing Pubic Lice

The simplest way to protect yourself against lice is to avoid direct skin contact with an infected person. There are, however, additional measures you can take to lower your risk of infection or keep them from returning.

  • Limit Your Sex Partners – That’s logical, right? The fewer sex partners, the lower the risk. You should be especially wary of people with many sex partners.
  • Get Your Sexual Partner Treated – Be fair! If you’ve got lice or crabs, she probably does too. Telling her won’t be pleasant, but her finding out by herself is far worse.
  • Practise Hygiene – Keep all textiles you come into contact with – clothing, towels, bedding – clean and dry.
  • Complete the Treatment – Don’t stop treatment just because you guess “it should be enough”. Make sure that lice or crabs are gone before start having sex again.

Itchy Testicles – Goodbye for Good!

Itchy balls could be a symptom of something serious, so don’t try to just shrug it off. If you spot a rash where you’re itching, give the area a close look. Unless you can be sure the itch is just temporary (caused by a shaving mistake, for example), seek medical attention. 

We strongly recommend that you use a shaver specially designed for your balls and groin. Once you’re done grooming, you’ll have a much better view of the area that’s itching. Finish off with an aftershave lotion specially formulated for your sensitive genital skin.