Between the Legs: Know All About Rashes There

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May 28, 2014

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  • When thighs get exposed to something irritating, a rash may happen.
  • Allergens may include chemicals in cosmetics, nappy or sanitary napkins.
  • It can also happen due to thighs rubbing each other, in a fat person.
  • Redness and itching at the affected area are common syptoms of rash.

Rash between the legs is not an uncommon condition. It frequently occurs in summer and rainy seasons because people generally neglect the intimate areas. But at times; itching associated with a rash in this area can make you really uncomfortable.

The skin of thigh peculiar because it is always covered and is in close contact with skin folds and clothes; which is why it holds a lot of moisture. Poor quality of clothes and cosmetics used for this area can hurt you badly.

Fungal infection, allergy to cosmetics, allergy to clothes, allergy to nappy and poor hygiene are the common causes of a rash occurring between the legs. Few additional but uncommon causes are sexually transmitted diseases, activities leading to lot of friction at this skin (jogging, cycling) and few general skin diseases like psoriasis, eczema and impetigo.

rash on inner thighs

Generally patients attribute this rash to poor hygiene and they are shy to consult doctors. They rely on self medications which can prove detrimental to the sensitive skin in this region leading to further complications like stretch marks, scar formations, thinning of skin and discolorations.

Fungal infection:

This is one of the most common conditions especially during the summer and rainy seasons. It is caused by a fungus, Candida albicans. It commonly manifests as round rings of raised skin with itching. It can be treated easily after proper diagnosis. Treatment however is long drawn and needs to be completed properly. The sad part is that fungal infections do tend to recur. Therefore proper follow up with the doctor is important.

Common causes other than infection:

Fatty thighs, activities like regular and prolonged cycling or jogging can lead to formation of moisture and friction in between the thighs. This causes repeated harm to the skin which leads to a rash in this area. This may be sometimes associated with superadded fungal and other infections. Few women suffer rashes between the legs when they use sanitary pads.  

Allergy to few commonly used toiletries like talc, deodorant, and detergent used to wash innerwear lead to rash in groin including in between thighs. Allergies are also known against hair removers, shaving creams, and sanitary pads.

rash on inner thighs

Many-a-times babies get nappy rash. Wet nappy pad when stays with the baby for a long time, leads to this condition. Some babies get a skin rash due to allergy or hypersensitivity to the material used to make nappies.

Rash as a part of other general diseases:

Skin diseases like Psoriasis and eczema lead to rashes on various body parts. Patients with these conditions can have rashes on inner side of thigh, and between legs also. The symptom can either occur exclusively to the thigh region or as a part of general body rash.  

Rarely some of the sexually transmitted diseases like genital herpes lead to rash in perineal and inguinal area.

Symptoms associated with rash are:

1.       Redness at the affected area
2.        Itching
3.        Occurrence of blisters
4.        Irritation
5.        Burning sensation
6.        Pain and discomfort while walking

rash on inner thighs

Treatment for Rashes between the Legs:

Treatment depends and varies according to the cause of the rash. One should not hide the symptoms and seek medical help at the earliest. Also these are the conditions which need a long term treatment. So the treatment should not be discontinued in between. Depending on the cause, steroids, anti-fungal, anti-allergy and moisturizing agents form the mainstay of treatment. They can be used in isolation or in combination.

Non-pharmacological management:

This includes maintaining local hygiene, use of home remedies like applying vitamin E ointment, olive oil and cleansing with herbs (neem). They are useful to some extent but should be used after taking medical advice.


Article source: Sunrise Hospitals

Image Courtesy: Getty

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