Dermatitis is a common skin condition in which the skin becomes dry, itchy, swollen or red. It is caused by a number of factors and can affect any part of the body. In severe dermatitis cases, the skin may be prone to blistering, oozing of pus, and even becomes crusty and flaky. Dermatitis or Eczema is common among children, but it can occur in people of all ages.
Dermatitis is a condition that involves intense itching and therefore causes a lot of discomfort. It is difficult to determine what triggers the condition and most people have observed that the condition typically dries out and resolves, only to worsen and flare up again.
What is scrotal dermatitis?
When dermatitis occurs in the genital area of a man, the condition is called scrotal dermatitis. Scrotal dermatitis is often mistaken for a fungal infection, commonly known as a jock itch. This is because the symptoms can be very similar to it and both conditions occur due to the same causes of trapped moisture or skin irritants. Around 50% of people who have experienced scrotal rash were most often diagnosed with Irritant Contact Scrotal Dermatitis.
The scrotal skin is extremely sensitive and prone to substances like sprays, alcohol, and in some cases, even soaps. It can especially be triggered by psychological stress and allergies. Scrotal dermatitis may also be due to the involvement of a systemic dermatosis (e.g., lichen planus or psoriasis), a dermophyte infection, or infestation (scabies or lice).
Scrotal dermatitis can either be a mild dry type of condition which resolves within a few days, or a severe chronic type in which the itching may spread to thighs. It can also lead to lesions and the presence of odor or become ulcerated and edematous in nature, where the scrotum swells with fluid and pus.
Fortunately, mild cases of dermatitis can be treated by dermatologists and do not require any lab testing or imaging. For more serious cases, patients will have to visit the hospital for dressings. Also, pus swabs may be taken for culture and sensitivity.
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