Well this is odd. After poking fun at Bad Robert yesterday for his "cool balls" button... I awoke to four emails, all telling me that this is actually a good idea.
Apparently, using a blow dryer to prevent (or even cure) jock itch has been highly recommended for years by mens health magazines, doctors, and clinical researchers. This includes famous TV and radio personality Dr. Drew. There a number of reasons for this...
1) It is a natural way to take care of jock itch (as opposed to having to buy expensive ointments and creams), and actually works (just be sure to use a no-heat setting, as Robert had said).
2) Talcum powder is a controversial subject. Research shows that it is nasty, nasty stuff, and probably shouldn't be going anywhere near you genitals... male or female. One reader provided me with numerous warnings tying talc to everything including cancer. I had never heard this before, but a quick Google search confirms this with something like 80,000 results, including this one from the Prevent Cancer Coalition. Everybody is encouraged to make sure that talc is not listed in the ingredients of any powders they may be using.
3) Even powders other than talc (like corn starch-based remedies) can still cause problems for some people. In addition to drying up excess moisture, it can also rob skin of the natural moisture needed to stay healthy.
So there you have it. It would seem that Robert is totally vindicated here, and a hairdryer with a "cool balls" setting is actually a smart idea. I rarely blow-dry my hair, but after digging my hairdryer out from under the bathroom sink counter I see that, sure enough, it has a magical blue button.
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I can’t believe I’m the first one to comment. I must be up WICKED early (it’s like 10:20)
Anyhooooo; I was never aware that moist balls was a malady afflicting the nation. I must be WAY out of the loop.
Thanks for keeping me in the know.
I’ll have 2 ask my boyfriend if this has ever been a problem for him.
Maybe a week is too long… we need to start with baby-steps. Can you go a workweek? Mon-Fri sans mention of scrote or it’s neighboring parts?
Perhaps a wager should be involved…
i don’t usually blow dry my hair, but i’ve used a few hair dryers (mom’s, friend’s etc). how come the hair dryers they sell here don’t have that magical blue button?? like i’m pretty sure jock itch is a problem worldwide y’know. haha. wonder what the guys here do about it.
ooh and on top of jock itch, i know guys get bleeding nipples too. like the long distance runners? they usually have like 2 streaks of blood running down their singlets at the end of the marathons. what then? bleed dry? nipple tape??
trix, it’s actually common to use nipple tape among marathon runners. The first few miles are usually ok, but towards the end it’s like sanding paper rubbing against the nipples, I’ve heard.
“Jock itch, also called Crotch Itch, Crotch Rot, Bag Rot, tinea cruris or ringworm of the groin, is a fungal infection of the groin region.”
And now I know. Eww.
Interesting…almost makes me wish I had balls, so I could check it out. Well, not really.
I don’t like to think of balls being quite so moist. Is it just me?
My hairdryer has that blue balls button. I don’t think my husband uses it, though. In fact, I’m sure he doesn’t. Maybe he has naturally dry balls?
Ok, I’ve just gone to a mental place i need to get away from. ack.
Katie!!!! Where’s your hairdryer?