Your inner thigh is one of the most common areas of the body where you can develop a rash. It is hot, sweaty, and dark – an ideal breeding ground for fungi and bacteria. And, while a red rash on your inner thigh can be a symptom of many conditions, one is more common than all others – jock itch. Here is how you can know if your rash is being caused by this infection.
Jock Itch Causes and Symptoms
Also called tinea cruris, this common skin infection is caused by dermatophytes – a type of gungi that naturally live on out skin. However, in certain conditions these fungi can start overgrowing and cause an uncomfortable infection.
Since it belongs to the family of tinea infections (ringworm), its symptoms are similar to those of tinea corporis or athlete’s foot, only they appear on the inner thigh, groin, and buttocks. The red rash will likely be itchy and will get worse with physical activity. You might also notice peeling and flaking of the skin in the infected area.
How Can You Treat It?
Most cases of jock itch are relatively easily treated at home with OTC medication. Here is how you can treat the infection at home.
- Apply an OTC medication on the infected area.
- Wash the area carefully using warm water and gentle soap.
- Keep the area dry, especially after physical activity.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes.
Jock itch is one of the most common causes of a red rash on your inner thigh. However, if you notice this rash, it’s best to see your doctor so he or she can exclude some other conditions and prescribe you with the best treatment possible.