Pimples anywhere on the body can be painful and discomforting, to say the least. However, have you ever experienced a genital pimple? Like one on your scrotum, for example? What does a pimple on your scrotum mean? Should you be worried? How can you treat scrotal pimples? Find out here!
Is It Possible To Get A Pimple On Your Scrotum?
Yes! Did you know that hair follicles exist on your scrotal area? It means that this genital region is susceptible to pimple formation and pore blockage, ingrown hair, hair growth, and rashes.
Is Pimple(s) On Scrotum Normal?
Yes, pimple formation on the scrotal area is entirely normal. It is skin, after all. However, differently appearing pimples have different medical implications. Keep reading to find out what these are.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Scrotum Pimple?
A pimple on the testicle can be identified by its redness, colour, discolouration, shape, texture, or discharge of white pus.
- A white pimple on the scrotum filled with pus is known as a whitehead. Sometimes, popping pimples on the scrotum also leads to pus spreading out of the pimples. This pus, with time, can dry out, and the white pimple can turn out into a black pimple, called a blackhead.
- The other feature of scrotum pimples is that these can appear singly or in clusters.
- Pimples can also be in the form of small, red, and tiny bumps on the skin of the scrotum.
Types And Causes Of Pimples On Scrotum
Pimples on the scrotum can be of two to three types:
- Black pimples are generally characterised by an open mouth.
- A white pimple on the scrotum containing pus.
- Pimples with redness and rash.
White or black pimples are generally the sign of clogged pores, whereas a rash or red spots are a sign of infections or sexually transmitted diseases.
Some of the primary causes of a pimple on testicles are:
Clogged pores are one of the common causes of scrotum pimples. The skin of the scrotum contains many pores. With intense sweating along with dead skin cells and excess skin oil accumulating in these pores, the pores start becoming clogged. Clogged pores provide a suitable environment for bacteria to grow, which in turn leads to clogged pores causing pimples, pus, and redness.
Heat rash is a problem that occurs during summers. Trapped sweat under the skin and pores or blocked sweat ducts are common causes for a heat rash. This generally occurs on the neck and back. But this problem can also present on your scrotum.
The skin of the scrotum also often contains ingrown hair. In the testicle area, such ingrown hair can sometimes lead to red spots, which cause intense discomfort and itching in the area around the pimple on the testicle.
This is a more severe condition of ingrown hair. When the hair follicles encircling the ingrown hair get infected or inflamed, folliculitis occurs. With time, the inflamed skin fills with pus, which is highly irritating.
Sexually transmitted diseases
Scrotum pimples can also occur due to sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes, pubic lice, or syphilis.
According to research, Molluscum contagiosum (MC) is an infectious dermatosis of the skin. This infection occurs in children. These are characterised by firm, raised small spots on the scrotum's skin.
How Is A Scrotum Pimple Treated?
A regular pimple on the testicle can be treated at home using some OTC treatment and home remedies. Let'sLet's look at common treatments to know how to get rid of pimples on your balls:
Clean the skin properly
Take a soft wet cloth. Clean the affected area using this wet cloth at least 3-4 times a day.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is a potent antibiotic, and therefore can be effectively used against acne and breakouts. You can also use this oil to treat a pimple on the scrotum. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the skin of the scrotum. Afterwards, cleanse the area using a wet washcloth.
Take a tablespoon of cornstarch and make a fine paste using normal clean water. Now apply the mixture to the pimple and surrounding area. Let the mixture dry and leave it for 15 minutes. After that, wash the skin using lukewarm or room-temperature water. Immediately after, pat dry the skin using a soft, clean towel.
OTC antibacterial ointment
If your problem is severe, you can also try OTC available antibacterial powder, ointment, or creams to treat scrotum pimples.
How To Prevent Pimples On Testicles?
With good intimate hygiene, you can get rid of pimples on the scrotum. Ensure the following:
- Take daily baths.
- Wear soft underwear.
- Do not touch scrotum pimples.
- Avoid waxing, tweezing, plucking, or popping a pimple on the scrotum as it may lead to infection.
- Use condoms while having sex.
When To See A Doctor For Pimple(s) On scrotum?
You need to visit the doctor if you are suffering from any of the following conditions:
- Viral infection
- Recurrence of testicle pimples
- Sexually transmitted disease
- Intense itching, fever, or pain while urinating, along with scrotum pimples
- Sores around the penis
- Large blisters, red bumps, or hard lumps on the scrotum skin
You must be wondering which doctor to consult for pimples on the scrotum? You need to see a urologist if you are experiencing a pimple on the scrotum.
Summing Up... How To Get Rid Of Pimples On Your Scrotum?
Pimples on the scrotal area can be benign with no sign of worry or could imply a severe condition. In most cases, one can treat pimples on the scrotum with the help of daily hygiene steps, antibacterial ointments and remedies such as tea tree oil. However, medical attention is advised if the pimples are pus-filled and accompanied by intense itching and fever.
Rodrigo Meza-Romero, Cristián Navarrete-Dechent (2019) Molluscum contagiosum: an update and review of new perspectives in etiology, diagnosis, and treatment (National Library of Medicine) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6553952/