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Why Do My Balls Always Itch

by Kristin Beck
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Why Do My Balls Always Itch

Why Do My Balls Always Itch

“It’s a scenario that we’ve all been there for: You’re walking down the street minding your own business when you suddenly notice something strange on your right ball. And not just any old thing — it feels as if someone has taken a pair of pliers to it, pulling at its skin in an attempt to remove some part or piece. What is this? Why does my balls feel so…itchy?
If you have never experienced anything similar before, don’t worry too much about it. We men are usually oblivious to our external genitals until they start acting up, which means it could take months (or even years) for us to figure out what’s going on. If it happens now, however, don’t stress over it. Most likely the feeling will go away within 24 hours; if not, consult your doctor immediately!
In this article, we’ll explore the reasons behind why your balls may be itching, including the most common causes. But first, let’s talk about how these two orbs actually work together to keep your sex life running smoothly.
Testicle Basics
As with many parts of the male body, the primary function of the scrotum is to store sperm. The testes inside each sac are responsible for producing sperm cells through a process called spermatogenesis. Each testis is made up of hundreds of thousands of tiny tubes known as seminiferous tubules. These tubules contain germinal cells, which divide into specialized spermatogenic cells that eventually become mature sperm. Along the way, other types of cells called Sertoli cells help nourish the germ cells. As long as both tubules remain healthy, sperm production should continue without issue.
But what do those little organs look like? How big are they? And what makes them different from one another? Read on to find out.
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Testicular Size and Shape
There are several things that make the testicles unique. For starters, their size varies between individuals. The average adult man’s total weight-bearing capacity is around 2,400 pounds, but the actual weight per testicle can vary anywhere from 1 pound to 3 pounds. This is because the testicle is shaped like a pear, with a small portion located near the top and the rest situated toward the bottom. The larger the testicle is relative to other parts of the body, the more sperm produced. Since the testicles are so low on the body, it doesn’t take much effort to move around. In fact, you can easily lift them with your arms off the ground.
Another interesting tidbit about testicles is that the left one tends to be slightly bigger than the right one. Studies show that this difference is due to genetics rather than environmental factors. Scientists believe that this is because the left side controls blood flow to and from the heart better than the right side, leading to greater testosterone levels.
So far, we’ve learned that testicles produce sperm and vary greatly in size, but why do they itch so much? Next, we’ll discuss the most common causes of itchy balls.
Itching Testicles Causes
Now that you know how the testicles operate, let’s consider why they might be itching. There are four main culprits: infection, dryness, irritation and fungal infections.
First, let’s talk about fungal infections. Fungal infections occur when fungi invade the area and cause swelling, redness and inflammation. These infections normally affect people who wear tight underwear and/or use tanning beds, since heat creates a perfect environment for fungus growth. To treat a case of fungal infection, doctors typically prescribe antifungals, such as topical cream treatments, pills and ointments containing ketoconazole.
Next, we’ll cover dryness issues. When the moisture content drops below 70 percent, the testicles lose elasticity and become stiffer. Dryness can result from shaving, excessive washing, improper hygiene techniques, lack of exercise, exposure to air conditioning units or heating systems, tight clothing and even certain medications like diuretics [source WebMD]. Fortunately, moisturizing creams and oils can help ward off dryness.
Irritation and pain are probably the most common causes of testicular discomfort. In order to understand why the testicles hurt, you need to learn more about the structure of the testicles themselves. The scrotum consists of three layers, starting with the outermost layer, the sheath, followed by the middle layer, the tunica albuginea, then finally the innermost layer, the tunica dartos. Within the sheath, there are muscles that control movement and erection. At the base of the testes, where they meet the penis, is the epididymis. The epididymis contains structures called ductus deferens, which carry semen up towards the prostate gland. Another duct, named vas deferens, transports semen back down towards the seminal vesicles. Near the opening of each duct is a coiled tube filled with fluid, which helps lubricate the passage of sperm.
When the testicles get irritated, they swell and become inflamed. Painful conditions include hernias, tumors, injuries and diseases like mumps and measles. If you experience sharp pains shooting through the testicles, seek medical attention immediately.
Finally, let’s talk about disease transmission. Anytime you come into contact with bodily fluids (such as saliva, urine, feces), bacteria, viruses or parasites, you’re susceptible to contracting an STD. Several STDs are sexually transmitted, meaning the person infected must have direct physical contact with the affected area during sexual intercourse. Genital herpes affects the areas surrounding the vagina and anus; chlamydia affects the rectum and urethra; hepatitis C affects the liver; HIV infects the bloodstream and lymphatic system; syphilis targets the brain, bones and spinal cord; and trichomoniasis targets the reproductive tract, especially the foreskin. All of these diseases can be treated with antibiotics or antiviral medication.
To sum up, the most common causes of testicular itching are irritation, fungal infections, dryness and infection from STDs. Now that you know why your nuts might be bothering you, you can hopefully avoid making matters worse by taking proper care of your testicles. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and scratch ’em while you still got balls to spare!
A study conducted in 2011 found that 40 percent of young American males suffer from at least one type of torsion every year. Torsions occur when the testicles twist inside their protective wrappings, causing severe pain and requiring surgery. Although rare, torsion can happen at any age, but it occurs most often among boys aged 10 to 14. ­”

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zoritoler imol November 8, 2022 - 7:13 am

As a Newbie, I am permanently searching online for articles that can be of assistance to me. Thank you

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