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Question: Red, itchy bumps in the groin area


 swordfish - Wed Nov 02, 2005 9:05 am

I have had these itchy bumps in the groin area off and on for almost a year now. They are raised and seem to itch worse at night when I go to bed. I have used nystatin and triamcinolone, which seemed to work in the beginning, but not anymore. I don't sweat excessively and keep the area as dry as possible. Your thoughts...?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Fri Sep 01, 2006 6:50 pm

User avatar Hello,

This could be a Dermatitis.

Dermatitis is referred to different types of skin rashes that are caused by infections, allergies, and irritants.

The severity of the rash range from mild to severe according to the cause. There might be Itching on many cases.

- Seborrheic Dermatitis occur on any part part of the body where the skin is oily or greasy.
Areas commonly affected are the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, and creases of the nose, lips.
They usually flare in winter and become less in summer.

Secondary bacterial infections may occur and Antibiotic lotions, cream and or systemic form are used for treatment.
Otherwise, specific lotions and shampoo are used for treatment.

- Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. forming a small, white-headed Bumps in hair follicles (roots).
Lesions may be Itching. Superficial folliculitis resolve spontaneously in a few days, while deep or recurring folliculitis should be medically treated.

- Although it sounds strange to think of Acne, but your description is very suggestive of Acne. In reality many people may have Acne in the pubic region even without having this on the usual areas like face and chest.

Other causes include:

- Contact Dermatitis occurs due to skin contact with a substance that causes an allergic reaction (allergic contact Dermatitis)
or with an irritant substances (irritant contact Dermatitis).

There are many causes for contact Dermatitis some involve irritants such as soaps, certain creams and some may be due to allergy.

Avoiding the causing substance is the mainstay of prevention in addition to medications prescribed by your doctor.

- Friction and fungus are also very likely to be the causes of these symptoms.

Skin rubbing against skin generates heat and sweat, they in turn lead to , redness and , painful Itchy patches.
Obese and active people are more susceptible.
The Itch may progress into inflammation and becomes more complicated.

If caused by fungus, the Itch and redness will be more gradually. In such cases, the patches of scaly skin will have defined, ring-like borders—hence the medical name Tinea cruris, or ringworm of the groin. Fungus-caused jock Itch predominates in the summer.

Treatment of fungal infection may requires about 4 weeks of local antifungal measures to clean these lesions.


Direct clinical examination is essential.

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