My boyfriend is having a genital skin problem. His balls are very itchy and underneath them near his anus the skin is raw & red. They sort of look like little cracks. We got him some hydrocortisone cream and was wondering if we should obstain from oral or PIV sex until this is cleared up. I’m expecting & don’t want to do anything that could hurt my parts or the baby. Thanks in advance!

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10 Responses to irritated genitals.

  1. OreNew says:

    Could it be just plain old jock itch? If it is you don’t want to put a steroid on it like hydrocortisone. It would be better to use an OTC antifungal. The ones for athletes foot have the same active ingredient as the ones for jock itch.

  2. Oobmsk says:

    I’m not really sure what it is. He won’t go to the doctor because he sees a woman and feels awkward. We just got something at the pharmacy that said anti-itch on it.

  3. Oobmsk says:

    How would you be able to tell if it’s jock itch?

  4. OreNew says:

    By the time someone gets through med school and residency they’ve probed and seen every part of the human body. There’s no reason for your BF to be embarrassed.

    From the symptoms you describe it sounds like jock itch. A google image search gives plenty of examples. There aren’t many other reasons for that area to become red and itchy, with the skin cracking – unless he has a history of psoriasis or eczema.

    Using a steroid cream alone will only aggravate the problem since it doesn’t kill the fungus. It may temporarily reduce the itching and redness but will not clear the underlying cause. Sometimes an anti-fungal and a steroid cream are used together for a bad case of JI.

    Meanwhile keep the area dry and have him wear loose fitting clothes so the area can breathe. Convince him to go to the doc.

  5. Tnaova says:

    If you have any coconut oil, you can slather that on. It has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and will help soothe the itch and irritation at the same time.

  6. Oobmsk says:

    We don’t have any of that. Is that like vaseline? Should he put that on it?

  7. Tnaova says:

    No, nothing like vaseline. I don’t know if I’d use vaseline as I’m not sure what it would do. You can buy coconut oil at a health food store.

  8. Etiova says:

    Definitely not Vaseline! Just some examples of what it can do is dry the skin out more after it rubs off, and blocks oxygen from coming in contact. It will just keep things moist and swampy, which is the opposite of what he should be doing.

  9. Sseyle says:

    Yeah, I would try an antifungal cream, not hydrocortisone. You want to treat the cause, not just the symptoms. If that doesn’t help, then it probably is doctor time.

  10. 38ere says:

    Sounds like he has jock itch, he needs an antifungal cream. No sex until it’s better unless you want it too. 😛

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