Eczema on the genital region

Eczema rarely affects this area of the body.

If eczema appears on the genitals, it is probably the result of an allergy to a product or object that has come into contact with the skin.

The causes of allergic eczema

You can develop a sudden allergy to a substance, the most common example being that of costume jewelry which triggers an allergic reaction due to its nickel content. Several everyday products or objects can cause allergic reactions when exposed to the skin. This condition is known as contact eczema.

If contact eczema is affecting the genital region, it may be due to an allergy to an undergarment or intimate cleansing product, for example, or perhaps to the latex in condoms (although latex more often causes urticaria than actual eczema).

Contact can also occur indirectly: a cosmetic applied to the hands which then come into contact with the genital region, for example.

How to treat eczema on the genital region

First, you will need to eliminate the source of the allergy from your daily routine. However, you must look beyond simply the object or product in question, and avoid any exposure to the allergen itself.

In any case, it is recommended to consult your doctor, who can help identify the allergen and advise you on the products and objects to avoid. Your doctor will ask you several questions about your habits and will carry out allergy tests accordingly to determine the cause of the allergy.

They may also prescribe a topical corticosteroid to soothe itching (cortisone cream).

Could it be atopic eczema?

The genital region is rarely affected by atopic eczema, which most often appears in the crook of the arms, on the folds of the legs, and on the face, hands and stomach.

“Neither atopic eczema nor contact eczema is contagious: Let’s spread the word!”