Hi! For the past week, give or take a few days, my scrotum has become excessively itchy. It has recently become so bad that it woke me up several times last night from being so severe. My first indication was the possibility of Jock Itch which I have never experienced. I purchased some Lotrimin Ultra (Butenafine hydrochloride 1%/antifungal
) this afternoon and applied it after showering which brought some temporary relief, but even as I write this the itching is back.
I did some research on Jock Itch and noticed it usually is accompanied by a noticeable rash in the groin area, but there aren't any signs of this on me. I did notice a day or so ago that the skin on my scrotum is peeling but doesn't seem to be the case now. The only other area where I occasionally get this itching (and not so much the last two days) would be the small area of my penis right on the circumcision line on the underside. Both this area and the part of my scrotum that are being problematic are somewhat "leathery" (for lack of a better term?) but have no signs of any rash that I can tell. The only discolored area is the underside of my penis which is slightly darker toned, but has been that way for as long as I can remember and don't believe it's relevant to this situation.
All of that said, I'm looking for an opinion on what this could possibly be and what OTC treatments are recommended. Is it possible that it's jock itch but without the rash? If it's not jock itch, would using Lotrimin worsen the problem? I've never had an occurrence of this magnitude so it's unfamiliar territory for me. I do not currently have medical insurance and would prefer to skip the dermatologist and prescription medications as they are rather pricey, but if alarming enough I would eat the out of pocket cost.
General info: 27 years old, generally healthy, 5'8", 150lbs, vegetarian, smoke (but cutting back and quitting). The final thing that worries me is that my sex life has included multiple partners in recent months, however each occurrence was a mutual agreement that she and I wouldn't participate in a "penetrating" encounter and it was limited to oral sex. I personally am aware of no such STD that would cause only itching with no other signs (such as rash, fever, etc) that could be contracted from oral sex. However, if that is a point of interest in possible cause, I'd like to know!
Thank you in advance for your assistance and for making it all the way through my wall-of-text of a question. I greatly appreciate it!
(PS - On a side question, if I'm using a topical cream to treat this, is it alright to apply a menthol/lidocane gel a little while later to help soothe itching if it returns?)