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Have night sweats, extreme itching on inner thighs and groin area. Underlying cause?

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I have extreme itching on my inner thighs and groin area. I have night sweats from being in menopause. I thought I had jock itch and treated the itching with a jock itch product. That didn't help. Can you help me?
Posted Wed, 27 Feb 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak 37 minutes later
Thanks for writing to us.
The cause for itching in groin and thighs could be intertriginous dermatitis( which could be frictional or fungal or bacterial), fungal infection, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis. I would like to know
Since how long are you having it
Treatment taken so far
If the lesion is scaly, has well defined margins, looks red and wet. Basically try to define the lesion.
If lesion gives a burning or painful sensation.
Any other areas of involvement.
Uploading the image of concerned area would be of immense help as in dermatology, no diagnosis can be made without seeing the lesion.

Hoping to hear from you soon. Take care.
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Follow-up: Have night sweats, extreme itching on inner thighs and groin area. Underlying cause? 9 hours later
ther are no lesions or redness in the itching area. just itching. i have been itching for about 4 days. yesterday i tried to treat it as jock itch and i used an over the counter powder spray. today i went to the health food store and they recommended 100% virgin coconut oil to be applied to the itching area. what do you think? do I need to need a prescription.
Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak 9 hours later
Thanks for writing back.
As you have no visible rashes, possibilities of eczema, psoriasis and fungal infections are almost negligible.
This itching could be a part of menopausal symptom as skin becomes dry and itchy due to decreased estrogen.
To treat your concern, you may try these
1) use a mild soap to bathe
2) use a good hydrating moisturiser, you may also use extra virgin coconut oil twice to thrice in a day
3) apply a mild steroid cream at itchy site for few days( fluticasone or mometasone)
4) take tablet cetirizine for few days.
5) avoid excessive sweating in the area, keep area well ventilated
6) wear loose cotton clothes as synthetic or woollen clothes may irritate the skin.

Hope that answers your query. Should there be any doubt, feel free to write back.
Take care.
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