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5 Potential Scrotal Redness Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Epididymitis

    Epididymitis is swelling (inflammation) of the epididymis, a tube that sits on top of the testicle and is involved in making sperm. Most cases of inflammation are due to an infection.

    Pain eases in a few days, swelling may take up to a week to go down.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, fever, chills, pain in one testicle, vomiting
    Urgency:
    In-person visit
  2. 2.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    penis itch, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, penile redness, scrotal itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over, penis itch, penile redness, scrotal itch, groin itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Intermittent Testicular Torsion

    Testicular torsion occurs when the testicle rotates which cuts off the testicle's blood supply. This causes severe pain and swelling. In the case of intermittent testicular torsion, the testicle de-rotates itself and symptoms resolve.

    Symptoms resolve within a few days

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, testicle pain that comes and goes, vomiting, pain in one testicle, testicular swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with intermittent testicular torsion:
    testicle pain that comes and goes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Testicular Torsion

    Testicular torsion occurs when the testicle rotates which cuts off the testicle's blood supply. This causes severe pain and swelling.

    With prompt treatment, it is unlikely there will be any permanent damage. It is important to get to the hospital within 6 hours of the start of pain to make sure the testicle can be saved.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    testicle pain, nausea, pain in one testicle, vomiting, testicular swelling
    Symptoms that always occur with testicular torsion:
    testicle pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Scrotal Redness

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Do you notice anything going on with your testicles or scrotum?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Scrotal Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced scrotal redness have also experienced:

    • 17% Scrotal Itch
    • 16% Testicle Pain
    • 4% Pain in One Testicle
  • People who have experienced scrotal redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Week
    • 18% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced scrotal redness were most often matched with:

    • 60% Epididymitis
    • 10% Scabies
    • 7% Scabies
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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