Hello. I'm Dr. Christensen.
I'm sorry you're uncomfortable. It isn't possible to diagnose your condition without an examination, but it sounds like you might have a case of folliculitis
, which is caused by a bacterial infection of your hair follicles. Staph, strep and other bacteria that inhabit your skin can enter your follicles when your skin's normal immune barriers are disrupted. Shaving, friction from tight-fitting clothing, moisture and heat can break down these barriers and allow the bacteria to move into your follicles.
In many cases, topical antibiotic
creams, such as neomycin/polymyxin/bacitracin
), will clear up a case of folliculitis. Washing the area twice daily with an antibacterial soap, such as chlorhexidine
, will also help. Wear loose-fitting clothing, and try to avoid friction over the affected area. If your rash doesn't improve within 3 or 4 days, see your doctor to confirm your diagnosis and discuss other treatment options.
I hope that helps.