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Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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  • Itching in the scrotal region

  • Scrotal itching

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About the Symptom

An itchy and irritated scrotum can commonly occur due to fungal infections, excess sweating, skin allergies or inflammatory skin diseases like atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Scrotal pain

Possible causes

Generally, Itchy scrotum can be related to:

  • Hydrocele

    A swelling of the scrotum caused by fluid collecting in the space around a testicle. It is common in newborns, older boys and men. It is often caused by inflammation, infection, injury or (much less commonly) cancer.

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Itchy scrotum may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Epididymitis

    Epididymitis is the swelling and inflammation of the epididymis, a tube at the back of the testicle that carries sperm. Epididymitis is most commonly caused by bacterial infections, including sexually-transmitted infections like chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Are you experiencing scrotal itching?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

  • Have you been bitten or stung by bugs or animals?

  • Have you recently had contact with substances that trigger allergies?

  • Do you have a fever?

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References

  • Krishnan A, Kar S. Scrotal Dermatitis - Can we Consider it as a Separate Entity? Oman Med J. 2013 Sep;28(5):302-5. doi: 10.5001/omj.2013.91. PMID: 24044054; PMCID: PMC3769120.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3769120/

Reviewed By:

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc

Kenji Taylor, MD, MSc (Family Medicine, Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Taylor is a Japanese-African American physician who grew up and was educated in the United States but spent a considerable amount of time in Japan as a college student, working professional and now father of three. After graduating from Brown, he worked in finance first before attending medical school at Penn. He then completed a fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control before going on to specialize in Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where he was also a chief resident. After a faculty position at Stanford, he moved with his family to Japan where he continues to see families on a military base outside of Tokyo, teach Japanese residents and serve remotely as a medical director for Roots Community Health Center. He also enjoys editing and writing podcast summaries for Hippo Education.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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