The first thing you’ll want to do is to grab a mirror and get a closer look at your red bump. You want to make sure that it’s truly a pimple you’re dealing with and not something else.
What’s worse than getting a pimple on your face? Getting one on a particular region of your body. Yep, we’re talking about getting a pimple on the scrotum.
Angiokeratoma of Fordyce (or Fordyce’s spots) are tiny, bright-red blood-blisters. They usually occur on the scrotum, and there may be lots of them. They are quite common in the late teens, and are normal. Their only problem is that they can be itchy, and may bleed if you scratch them.
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Pimple on Scrotum—How to Treat
If pimples on the scrotum are a recurring problem, you may want to take a closer look at your body washes and soaps. Many body-cleansing products can throw off the pH balance of the skin, which trigger oil glands to go into overdrive and produce more oil.
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When it comes to pimples on your balls, manscaping can actually help prevent them. Grooming can reduce sweating and a trimmed lawn offers fewer opportunities for infected hair follicles.
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Trouble can brew in moist areas, which your balls often are in. However, you don’t need a fancy grooming product for that area. If you want to try them, anyway, “go for a powder over a cream,” recommends Dr. Brahmbhatt. “Some men have tried cornstarch. If this works for you, great.”
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If the pimple on your scrotum is particularly painful, try holding a warm compress to the area. A warm compress will increase blood flow to the scrotum, which will reduce some of the pain.
He also says that you should take extra precautions if you notice that the pimples are getting bigger and redder; they’re likely to be painful and could even be associated with fevers.
Melissa Matthews is the Health Writer at Men’s Health, covering the latest in food, nutrition, and health.
What about man wipes, made specifically for this area? “If you use them, make sure you let the genitals dry before you put your underwear or pants back on. You could be using the wipes to help one problem, but then create another,” Dr. Brahmbhatt says, sealing in moisture and asking for trouble.
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In fact, a recent study published in Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology found that 2 percent Salicylic Acid reduced pustules and papules just as well as a 5 percent Benzoyl Peroxide when used on patients with mild to moderate acne (see claim: “…2% SSA has a similar efficacy with 5%BPO +0.1%ADA in mild to moderate acne treatment.”) Despite these promising results, you should still perform a small patch test first to reduce your risk of potential skin irritation.
You should pay a visit to your physician anytime you start to get worried, if the pimples keep coming back, or if you have pimples or spots that are in clusters, Dr. Brahmbhatt says. This could be a sign of a virus or a sexually transmitted infection. You should be extra vigilant if you have diabetes, since your immune system can be less strong and infections can progress rapidly.
Having a pimple on your scrotum can be an uncomfortable and embarrassing situation. While it’s not uncommon for men of all ages to experience this, it doesn’t make it any less unpleasant.