Eczema. This common skin condition causes itchy, red patches of skin that may start out as a rash that develops into blisters. Skin dryness, scaling and itching are common. This is not contagious, but symptoms may come and go. It is not a serious condition and it often gets better with simple home remedies. Although it is more common in young children, adults can have it, too. Eczema can affect any part of the body, but more commonly in areas where skin folds occur, such as the front of the elbow, back of the knees, and the hands. Treatment consists of topical steroids and skin moisturizers to relieve itching.
What your doctor can do. If you have pain in the scrotum or testicle you need to see your doctor, or go to a genitourinary medicine clinic . Your doctor will test you for infection, and will try to work out the cause of the pain. Even if no infection is evident, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic. Your doctor may prescribe a low dose of amitriptyline; this is a drug that helps to block pain. (In higher doses it is also used as an antidepressant, but not in this case.) Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help, but it is available only in specialized hospitals.
Transdermal patches (adhesive patches placed on the skin) may also be used to deliver a steady dose through the skin and into the bloodstream. Testosterone-containing creams and gels that are applied daily to the skin are also available, but absorption is inefficient (roughly 10%, varying between individuals) and these treatments tend to be more expensive. Individuals who are especially physically active and/or bathe often may not be good candidates, since the medication can be washed off and may take up to six hours to be fully absorbed. There is also the risk that an intimate partner or child may come in contact with the application site and inadvertently dose himself or herself; children and women are highly sensitive to testosterone and can suffer unintended masculinization and health effects, even from small doses. Injection is the most common method used by individuals administering AAS for non-medical purposes.