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Rash on groin area with red bumps. Is it folliculitis?

Hi, I have a rash in my groin area which started out as red bumbs, some pimple like but now some have dried and now there are some dry flaky white spots. I shave my groin area so I believed it was from that however they have now traveled up my abdomen and are hard and red. I did have protected sex the day before this began however I also shaved. I have read that it could be focilitis, are there any STDs though that i should b looking into?
Asked On : Sat, 22 Sep 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Jul 2012
Hiya there.
From your description of the rash & the history of 'protected' sex, it does appear unrelated to any STD as such. Yes the shaving was possibly the factor implicated. It is what we commonly term a 'pseudofolliculitis'. It arises due to ingrown hair & due to a staphylococcus infection or other bacterial infection, may have spread to contiguous hair follicles. Dont worry about any STD's. Use a topical antibiotic-corticosteroid ointment for 3-5 days & stop. Use a systemic antibiotic of choice for 5 days eg doxycycline hydrochloride 100mg twice/day & all should be well. Avoid shaving against the grain in future & perhaps go in for laser hair removal to rid yourself of unwanted hair. I have such laser machines' et al in my clinic in Bangalore & will be happy to advice further should you wish to get in touch with me directly or through the 'ask-a-doctor' premier package. Cheers & Good Luck!
Dr Praveen Rodrigues MD
Dermatologist, Cosmetologist, Venereologist
Bangalore, India
Answered: Sun, 23 Sep 2012
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