A rash is a symptom that causes the discoloration of the skin area that is affected. The affected area turns red and sometimes swells. Thigh rashes can be bumpy, scaly, flaky or the worst, filled with pus. A rash on your inner thigh can have a variety of causes and it may indicate something occurring around the thigh area which may spread to other parts of the body if not treated properly on time.
Rashes on the inner thigh generally develop after wearing new pants or pants that have been washed using a new detergent. This happens either because your skin is allergic to those new pants or to the new detergent. This kind of rash has a name – Contact dermatitis. Few other causes, symptoms and treatments are discussed below in this article.
Rash On Inner Thigh Causes :
Clothes made of materials which are synthetic in nature or prepared from chemical products, like rubber and latex can develop rash on inner thighs. In case of babies or small kids, elastic fittings used in diapers are the major reason for rashes on their inner thighs.
- Rash Due To Sweat
Inner thigh rashes often develop due to excessive sweating. Sweat contains bacteria which are known to induce or add to an allergic reaction that causes redness, rash and discomfort.
Sweat also contains salt particles which cause irritation in certain parts of the body, especially on the inner thighs. We get tempted to scratch the place in this situation and thus rash is formed eventually.
- Rash Due To Heat
Rash created due to heat is also related to sweating. This happens because of the clot of sweat glands which, in turn, results in the collection of sweat under the skin layers. This condition of sweat can also produce heat rash if not gets excreted.
Heat can also be caused by constant humidity (presence of water vapor in air). This type of inner thigh rash is seen because of the increased friction on the skin. This means that inner thighs of both the legs get rubbed against each other while walking and friction developed. This friction causes the heat and thus a heat rash.
- Fungal or Bacterial Infection
If inner thigh rashes are developed due to fungal or bacterial infection, these need to be taken care of immediately. Infection, if occurred, might spread to other areas of the skin. Infection can be caused by the surroundings, poor hygiene of undergarments, etc.
Symptoms Of Rash On Inner Thigh :
This can be considered as the beginning phase of rash. A sense of itchiness develops around the area affected and you will be tempted to rub the area repeatedly. The more you rub the more itchiness you will feel and the more growth of the rash would occur.
- Skin color and formation of circles
The skin around the rash turns red and circular shapes are formed around it. The skin might even turn flaky and scaly.
- Burning sensation
You will feel as if something under inside your pant is burning. This will happen because of the heat around the area affected and you will even be tempted to take the pants off and be naked.
Inflammation is a localized physical condition where the area affected by rash becomes reddened, swollen, hot and sometimes painful. This is a very common symptom of inner thigh rashes.
- Pain and Discomfort
A severe pain and discomfort would be experienced around the rash while walking, as the rash would get rubbed against the other thigh or your inner wear.
Is It Curable?
Of course inner thigh rashes are curable. All types of inner thigh rashes are easily and fully cured. There are very rare cases of rashes that may not be curable.
Most of the inner thigh rashes that are caused by heat from clothing or sweating are not contagious. Moreover, they do not spread to other areas. But some cases caused by an infection may be transmitted through skin or sexual contact or sharing clothes.
Recommended Tests :
Generally, no specific laboratory tests are needed for the diagnosis of inner thigh rash. A bacterial culture test may be useful to check for bacteria on the skin. Microscopic and fungal skin tests using potassium hydroxide may help to learn if the rash is caused by a fungus. Skin biopsy may be useful for extreme cases. Sometimes, skin biopsies help avoid other possible diagnosis.
The diagnosis of the inner thigh rash is usually very simple that is based on the symptoms and the appearance of the skin. In some cases, a skin biopsy may be used to help the doctor confirm the diagnosis. Otherwise, a skin sample or culture may be done and transported to the laboratory to find out an infectious cause of the rash.
There are also few symptoms which look like rashes but in fact, they are not. Hence, it is better to visit a dermatologist.
Prevention Of Rashes :
The preventive measures for inner thigh rashes involve maintaining skin hygiene. Wash workout clothes and undergarments after each use in hot, soapy water.
Proper knowledge of the type of cotton or clothing materials used for making your pants can help in preventing rashes. Use loose fitted cotton underwear and clothing.
Are There Any Home Remedies?
- Wash the cloths in hot water before wearing them.
- Keep the inner thigh area dry by using a fresh towel.
- Wear 100% cotton underwear.
- Avoid fabric softeners, bleaches or harsh laundry detergents.
- Applying ointments twice a day to the affected area can give better results.
Possible Side Effects :
There are very negligible complications or side effects of inner thigh rashes. Rarely, the rash may spread past the thigh area. Moreover, if the skin is rubbed repeatedly, rash might deepen and lead to the formation of spots.
The most absolute cause of inner thigh rashes is wearing either unhygienic clothing or the type of clothes that you are allergic to. Hence, take measures to avoid them and be safe, hygienic and healthy.