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A 27-year-old male asked:

I have an embarrasing issue- sometimes in the shower i noticed severe burning pain if i accidently scratch the scrotal skin.thepain lasts for a couple of minutes and then dissipates.there is no swelling or redness. what can it be?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 34 years experience
Scrotal sensitivity: The scrotal region is highly innervated by sensory nerve endings which can detect the slightest tactile sensation and therefore, a scratch may overly stimulate densely packed nerve endings and be interpreted as painful especially if there were hot water coming onto the area at the same time from the shower. My guess is that the same situation outside the shower doesn't bother nearly as much.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 31 years experience
Scratch: Description consistent with scratch. Scrotum may become soft and easily scratched if wear very tight underwear for prolonged periods.
Last updated Nov 28, 2014

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