Why Do My Balls Sweat So Much
“You’re sitting on a plane with your legs crossed, sipping some wine and playing with your smartphone when you notice something odd happening under your balls. It feels like someone took a damp washcloth and just started rubbing them up against your skin.
That is because they are sweating. And it happens because of what’s going on underneath your nuts—something called groinskin (or groin) sweating. While we all get sweaty from time-to-time, excessive sweating in this area is more common in men than women, according to Dr. Peter J. Whiteaker, professor at University of Miami School of Medicine, who studies how sweating affects our bodies. “”It’s pretty much an exclusively male problem,”” he says.
Groin sweating is caused by several factors, including tight underwear, fabrics that don’t breathe (such as polypropylene), and even certain medications, such as beta blockers used for high blood pressure. However, sometimes there isn’t a clear cause. “”For most people, it comes down to clothing,”” says Paul Knoepfler, director of the Institute of Clothing Technology at Parsons School of Design in New York City. “”The key is to find out why we sweat so much.””
What Causes Groin Sweating?
Sweating isn’t inherently bad — it helps regulate our temperature, controls our salt levels and provides us with energy. But excessive sweating can be problematic, especially if it occurs in areas where it causes discomfort and irritation. For instance, excessive sweating around the genitals can lead to chafing and rashes.
“”Most people have no idea that their balls are sweating until it becomes a problem,”” says Knoepfler. That’s because the sweat glands in the penis aren’t easily visible. These glands sit deep within the shaft of the penis, near the base, which means that any moisture produced will evaporate quickly and won’t become noticeable right away. The same goes for testicles, which contain fewer sweat glands but still produce some sweat.
But just because these glands aren’t located above the surface doesn’t mean they’re not affected by other types of sweating. Tight underwear, particularly those made of synthetic materials, can stimulate the scrotum and cause the testes to swell. This creates additional friction, causing the testicles to heat up and secrete more sweat. Similarly, tight pants and shorts can create similar conditions. These types of garments often use elastic bands to cinch the waist, which can put unnecessary stress on the lower back. All of this added pressure on your hips and buttocks can also affect the perineal muscles, which surround the anus and control sphincters, and may cause them to squeeze shut, further increasing sweating.
Other causes include anxiety, fatigue, depression and medical issues, such as kidney problems. Some drugs can also trigger sweating. In fact, the very condition itself is known as intertrigo, which refers to redness, itching, soreness and irritation.
There are many remedies available to treat groinskin sweating. Wearing looser clothes, using breathable fabrics, wearing loose and comfortable underwear, and keeping your genital area clean and dry should help reduce symptoms. You can also apply a cool compress and try soothing ointments, such as hydrocortisone cream. If nothing works, see a doctor. He or she might prescribe a topical anti-inflammatory medication or even suggest laser therapy, which involves destroying the nerves responsible for triggering sweating.
If you suffer from chronic groinskin sweating, consider asking your doctor about treating it with prescription antiperspirants. There are two options currently available over-the-counter: aluminum chloride and zirconium nitrate. Both work similarly by slowing the movement of sweat through pores, reducing their volume. They tend to be less effective in patients with genetic disorders associated with hyperhidrosis.
How Can I Prevent Groin Sweating?
While it’s difficult to avoid all triggers for excessive sweating, there are ways to minimize risk factors. Loose cotton underwear is recommended, along with airy socks. You should also wear properly fitted briefs rather than the traditional boxer style, which can make things worse. Wear absorbent pads between your thighs to soak up moisture, and change them frequently. Avoid wearing pajamas, as well as socks and undershirts made of synthetic fibers, which can trap moisture. Also, keep your genital area clean and free of bacteria by washing daily with mild soap and water, then drying thoroughly. Finally, take care of your feet: poor circulation can contribute to sweating and blisters, calluses, corns and cracked heels can irritate sensitive skin.
Excessive sweating can also occur during sex. Sixty percent of men experience sweating while having intercourse, and 30% say it makes sexual activity uncomfortable, according to research cited in the book “”Sleeping Naked,”” co-authored by Dr. James G. Hickey Jr., professor emeritus at the Medical College of Georgia and author of numerous books on health topics. The best way to handle it is to talk to your partner before penetration begins. Tell him or her that you sweat profusely and ask whether anything else needs to be done to prevent it. Most couples find the solution involves adjusting positions or techniques.
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