Itchy Balls: 8 Reasons Your Balls Are Irritated (With Solutions)

Itchy Balls

Itchy balls are no laughing matter– few things can interrupt your ability to carry out your day quite like irritated balls. Your groin region is one of the most sensitive regions in your body, so any issues down there can become truly torturous quickly.

We get it– no one likes to research itchy balls during their free time. It can be tempting to assume that the problem will go away on its own, but this is ill-advised. The best ways to find relief and prevent the problem from occurring again will depend on the cause, so determining what's leading to your crotch itchiness is key.

Once you can identify the root cause, you'll find some solutions, and preventative measures are easy and well worth the effort. For example, if you're dealing with contact dermatitis from your new laundry detergent, you have to switch back to your old stuff or a new hypoallergenic brand to ensure the rash doesn't come back.

Moisture control is critical for many causes of ball itchiness and irritation. Make sure you use a powder made with premium ingredients and free of nasty stuff like aluminum or parabens.

Let's dive deeply into eight common reasons your balls might be irritated to help you find relief and return to a life free of itchy balls.

1. Poor Hygiene

You're probably already well aware that bacteria seem to thrive in your genital area if you go a few days without a shower or take a walk on a hot day. Dead skin cells can start to build up if you don't regularly give yourself a good wash, which can lead to bacterial and fungal growth.

Poor Hygeine

If that isn't all bad enough, the waste chemicals released by these microorganisms can lead to fungal infections like candidiasis, dermatophytes, and, yes, itchy balls.

Solution: This is an easy one. It's time to take that long walk to the shower and wash your balls. If this doesn't solve the problem, it might be time to talk to your doctor about your antifungal cream options.

2. Chafing

An irritating, itchy rash can emerge when your inner thighs rub too much against your balls. This situation can be a significant problem for just about any guy who likes to run, play golf, or move their body around in a way one would assume is entirely natural and not cause a severely irritating issue.

Chafing can occur anywhere the body is consistently rubbing against itself or when clothing rubs against your skin in the same spot repeatedly. The balls are a common area for chafing, as well as the underarms, chest, and feet.

Chafing at the Gym

Heat, humidity, and friction mix to create a terrible recipe known as chafing, but there are other reasons it can also occur. Some of these include:

  • Excessive moisture or sweating
  • Wearing wet clothes for a long time
  • Being overweight
  • Having bulky thigh muscles
  • Wearing poorly fitted clothing
  • Wearing heavy, rough, or stiff clothing

Chafing most commonly occurs when it's hot or humid out during the warm seasons, but it can strike anytime if the conditions are right.

Solution: Prevention is undoubtedly the best cure to most ball issues, but if you're already dealing with chafing, that's not the answer you want to hear. To help reduce the irritation and deal with your chafed skin, lubrication in the form of lotions, creams, or ointments can relieve your pain. Make sure you let it air dry after applying– trust us.

Once you understand why you're chafing, it's time to be proactive. Consider applying a thin layer of our restoration cream before you head out into the heat, or use our top-selling body powder that helps fight sweat, odor, and chafing all day.

3. Jock Itch

Caused by excessive sweating in the groin region, jock itch results from a fungus known as dermatophyte. Also known as tinea cruris, jock itch is a thoroughly unpleasant and highly contagious infection that loves to thrive in warm, moist areas.

Jock Itch

Some of the symptoms of jock itch include:

  • Persistent itching
  • Redness
  • Peeling, flaking or cracking skin
  • Burning sensation
  • Changes in skin color
  • Rash that gets worse with activity or exercise

Solution: Using some at-home products, you can usually get your jock itch under control. If necessary, you can head to the doctor, who might be able to give you something a little more substantial to deal with the fungal infection.

Here are some options and tips for treating your jock itch at home:

  • Wear loose cotton clothing and steer clear of tight-fitting clothes or synthetic fabrics
  • Change your underwear and clothes every day
  • Make sure you're treating any other fungal infections you have (athlete's foot, for example)
  • Wash the affected area with warm water and soap thoroughly
  • Dry the impacted area thoroughly after exercise and bathing
  • Use an OTC antifungal powder, cream, or spray

A word of warning: this is not the situation for greasy ointments or lotions.

Moisture prevention is vital to help prevent jock itch from ever rearing its ugly head anywhere near your balls.

4. Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis occurs when your skin comes in contact with an allergic substance. Countless things could lead to a case of contact dermatitis, including metal, fabric, chemicals, and fragrances.

If you're dealing with this contact dermatitis on your balls, there's a good chance it has something to do with your laundry detergent or something else that has made its way onto your clothes.

Do you have a red rash that looks bumpy and incredibly itchy? You might even see a yellowish or clear fluid oozing from the area, which is evidence of a disruption in the top layer of your skin. You might have contact dermatitis on your hands.

If you've recently changed something in your routine– such as a fabric softener or laundry detergent– it's even more likely that this is the case. The reaction can begin as late as a few days later or as early as a few hours after contact.

Contact Dermatitis

Solution: If you can identify what caused your balls to have an allergic reaction, you'll want to deal with that immediately. Consider switching to laundry products that are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, or otherwise free of weird chemicals that your body might be reacting to. Take the time to rewash the clothes you've already washed in the rash-causing laundry products a few times over.

A hydrocortisone ointment can help reduce the itching and temporarily relieve discomfort.

5. Intertrigo

Intertrigo is a skin condition that leaves you with a raw, red rash that stings and itches. Quickly, the area can become inflamed and crack, ooze, bleed, and crust over.

You'll usually get it in areas where moisture collects from sweating, so the balls, unfortunately, create the perfect environment. Other body parts that intertrigo can impact include under the arms, the stomach folds, and between the toes.

If you're known for your ability to sweat excessively and you've got irritated balls, this might be the culprit. When you are just dealing with the effects of skin rubbing on skin, this rash will usually show up on both sides of the skin fold.

If this doesn't sound unpleasant enough, the intertrigo can become even more inflamed and develop a bad smell. This situation can happen if there is a secondary infection from a fungus, bacteria, or virus. When a secondary infection is present, the rash is usually asymmetrical on both sides of the skin rather than symmetrical.


Solution: If there is only inflammation and no infection in the area, you'll want to ensure that you keep the area clean and dry and incorporate a few other home remedies to manage the situation. We suggest using premium body powder to help reduce moisture and keep the site dry.

If there's also an infection present, a doctor will likely give you topical creams that can help defeat the infection. The cause and type of condition you have will inform the treatment your doctor gives you.

6. Pubic Lice

Public lice, also known as crabs, can be identified by intense irritation, itching, and tiny yellowish or white specks in your pubic hair; these specks are lice eggs. Those are the lice themselves if you see grayish-white or tan things crawling around down there.

If you aren't completely freaked out at this point, you might be interested to know that these little creatures look like mini crabs when you look at them through a magnifying glass.

Pubic Lice

Solution: This is something that you're going to want to bring to the doctor's office. They will be able to let you know whether you're dealing with pubic lice or if the issue is something different. If it is, in fact, lice, they'll be able to give you a prescription lotion or shampoo that will kill the lice via ingredients like permethrin or pyrethrins with piperonyl butoxide.

Most people think of crabs as an STD, but it can also be contracted by coming in contact with contaminated towels or blankets. So, unfortunately, you can't completely rule it out even if you haven't had sex recently if your symptoms fit the bill.

7. Improper Manscaping

You might feel nice and smooth right after shaving, but itching can result soon after if you aren't careful. This situation can be caused by an old or dull razor or by using scented soaps or harsh chemicals after shaving. On top of that, the fabric of your clothes can end up rubbing up against your groin after you shave in a way that can worsen the irritation tremendously.

It's important to remember that your balls are way more prone to developing an itchy feeling and getting razor-burned because it's a more sensitive area than other parts of the body.

Improper Manscaping

Solution: You'll want to switch up your shaving protocol if you're dealing with irritated balls after shaving. Make sure you aren't shaving when the skin is too dry– let your pores open up, and your skin gets moisturized by hot water in the shower before going at it.

On top of that, make sure you're using razors designed for manscaping. This section is a highly-sensitive area, and it's worth investing in the right products to do the job. Make sure you're also shaving in the direction of your hair rather than against it to help reduce the chances of dealing with itching or discomfort.

8. Genital Warts

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common STI, and genital warts are a common symptom of HPV. One of the trickiest things about this STI is that it can take years for the symptoms to develop after you become infected; this can make it very difficult to figure out when and where the initial infection occurred.

Genital warts are usually skin-colored and soft to the touch. Some of them even look like the vegetable cauliflower. You might find a cluster of them or one on its own.

These warts don't feel like much except for the itching they cause.

Genital Warts

Solution: If you're concerned that your irritated balls are resulting from genital warts, you'll want to go to the doctor so they can determine whether or not that's the cause. There are several prescription medications they can prescribe you to help clear up warts via stimulating your body's immune system, such as Podofilox, Imiquimod, or Sinecatechins.

Another way a doctor might help you get rid of genital warts is by freezing them off using liquid nitrogen. Even though there are ways to get rid of warts right now, there isn't any way yet to get the virus out of your system; you can still spread the virus to other people, and more genital warts could appear in the future.

If you're saddled with itchy balls and aren't sure what the cause is, it's always better to go to the doctor and see what they say than ignore the problem. Not only will they be able to diagnose the issue, but they'll also be able to give you solutions and preventative measures tailored to your situation.

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Did the doc tell you that you must start controlling the moisture levels down there? Are you ready to take control and prevent chafing, reduce sweating, and eliminate odor? If so, head over to our online store today. The best way to get rid of itchy balls is by preventing them before they happen. You'll smell nicer and feel better, and it's much easier than trying to fix the problem after they've already started itching.