Do you ever go around with itchy balls and have to scratch them in public? If yes, this article is for you.
Itchy balls have a number of causes. Poor hygiene, such as not bathing for a few days can cause your balls to itch until you get cleaned up. Sweating around your genitals while walking or exercising can also lead to this problem. But it’s easily controlled by wearing cotton underwear or changing your sweaty clothes. If you have itchy balls that just won’t go away, it means that you may have a medical condition called genital herpes. Here we will talk in detail about genital herpes, and how to treat the itching in your balls.
Itchy Balls? Genital Herpes Could Be to Blame
Causes of Genital Herpes
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It’s caused by two types of herpes simplex viruses. They are virus types 1 and types 2, which also known as HSV-1 and HSV-2.
HSV-1 most commonly causes cold sores. HSV-2 usually causes genital herpes. Cold sores are sores on the lips or around the mouth. Genital herpes are sores on the genitals or the anus. But in some cases, HSV-1 can occur on the genitals and HSV-2 can appear on the lips.
These viruses may enter your body via infected skin or mucous membranes. They can appear in your mouth, nose or genitals. After you are infected, the viruses remain in your body forever. They can lie dormant or become active several times a year to cause outbreaks.
Herpes viruses can also be found in body fluids, such as:
- vaginal secretions
Risk factors for Genital Herpes
Genital herpes is highly contagious. It can be spread by direct and indirect contact, or in sexual and non-sexual ways. Certain behaviors and lifestyle factors can put you at increased risk of contracting genital herpes. These are:
- Becoming sexually active at a young age.
- Being sexually active for many years.
- Having unprotected sex with multiple partners.
- Having unprotected sex with someone who has multiple partners.
- Having sex with a partner who has genital herpes.
- Touching or kissing someone with a herpes sore.
- Sharing lipsticks, foods, drinks or utensils with an infected person.
- Receiving oral sex from someone who has a cold sore.
- Performing oral sex on a person with genital herpes.
- Having had another STD such as genital warts, HPV or HIV.
- Having a weakened immune system.
- Having physical or emotional stress.
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Symptoms of Genital Herpes, including Itchy Balls
Genital herpes usually appear as an outbreak of a single blister or a group of multiple blisters. They are usually red, inflamed and fluid-filled. In women, the blisters tend to occur in or around the vagina, anus, and buttocks. In men, they can be found on the penis, anus, scrotum and buttocks. The blisters can break, ooze fluid and turn into sores or ulcers. Then they dry out, form scabs and begin to heal. The process may take 2 to 3 weeks. After healing, herpes viruses stay dormant in your body until they cause a new outbreak.
Genital herpes can cause other symptoms like:
- Swelling, itching, burning, tingling in the affected area
- Painful urination
- Muscle and body aches
- Nausea or feeling sick
- Fever and flu-like symptoms (in the first outbreak)
Itchy balls are one of the most common symptoms of genital herpes. When an outbreak occurs, your balls may feel itchy and uncomfortable.
So if you think you have some risks or you notice the above symptoms, talk to your doctor. He or she can diagnose genital herpes by looking at your sores or symptoms. If necessary, they may prescribe a blood test to confirm the diagnosis.
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Do’s and Don’ts for Genital Herpes
- Learn about your infection
- Know your herpes triggers
- Tell your partner that you have genital herpes
- Consider an oral antiviral medicine to suppress outbreaks
- Use an over the counter antiviral cream to get quick pain relief
- Use warm water to ease the discomfort
- Try an herbal approach
- Consider a supplement
- Use different towels for your face and body
- Dry the genital area after bathing or showering
- Wear loose-fitting cotton underwear
- Wash your hands after contact with a sore
- Touch, or scratch a herpes sore
- Have sex during an active outbreak
- Give or receive oral sex
- Kiss with cold sores
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Prevention of Genital Herpes
Following are some tips to prevent genital herpes:
- Eat a healthy diet
- Manage stress effectively
- Boost the immune system
- Have safer sex
- Use protection between outbreaks
- Know when an outbreak is coming and use immediate treatment
- Before you have sex, ask your partner about his or her sexual history
- Do not share personal items with others
- See your doctor to be tested regularly
Other Reasons Your Balls Itch
Your itchy balls may result from other health conditions, such as:
- Dry peeling skin on scrotum
- Fungal infection (jock itch)
- Pubic lice
- Genital warts
If you have itchy balls, check if it’s genital herpes. This infection generally responds to the antiviral treatments. ProsurX is one of the most common genital herpes creams in the market right now. It can help relieve pain, speed healing and prevent new outbreaks. Many patients applied it at early signs of an outbreak and the blisters would never occur. Long-term genital herpes is very difficult to treat. For severe cases, oral antiviral medication is necessary.