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What causes itchy, red and flaky skin on groin area?

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Posted on Mon, 31 Aug 2015
Question: symptoms:
itchy red skin (1-2 weeks)
starts to peel and spread out a bit into pimples.

lifestyle recently:
alot of swimming running and walking in hot climate.
tried:
sudocreme for several days
keeping it dry.


so far nothing proved decisive
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Answered by Dr. Charu Bansal (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
fungal infection is most likely possibility

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Welcome to Healthcaremagic.com.
I have read your query.
I have seen the attached photograph also.
As per details, it seems that you are suffering from a condition called Tinea cruris. It is fungal infection of skin involving the body folds. It is characterised by red colored itchy rash having papules and pustules at the margins. In folds like groins, macreation is often seen that leads to skin peeling.
Various precipitating factors are Diabetes Mellitus, excess sweating, hot humid weather. As you have mentioned that you are soing swimming, walking and all, these things lead to sweating and accumulation of moisture in folds . This in turn predispose for fungal infection.
In such cases, I prefer to advise topical antifungals like clotrimazole cream and tablet fluconazole / terbinafine / itraconazole to my patients.
You should also apply dusting powder in fold area 2-3 times a day.
keep the area clean and dry.
Wear loose cotton clothes.
Visit your doctor so that he can examine you and give you prescription.
You can share my opinion with him. I
hope it helps.
Take care
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What causes itchy, red and flaky skin on groin area?

Brief Answer: fungal infection is most likely possibility Detailed Answer: Hello. Welcome to Healthcaremagic.com. I have read your query. I have seen the attached photograph also. As per details, it seems that you are suffering from a condition called Tinea cruris. It is fungal infection of skin involving the body folds. It is characterised by red colored itchy rash having papules and pustules at the margins. In folds like groins, macreation is often seen that leads to skin peeling. Various precipitating factors are Diabetes Mellitus, excess sweating, hot humid weather. As you have mentioned that you are soing swimming, walking and all, these things lead to sweating and accumulation of moisture in folds . This in turn predispose for fungal infection. In such cases, I prefer to advise topical antifungals like clotrimazole cream and tablet fluconazole / terbinafine / itraconazole to my patients. You should also apply dusting powder in fold area 2-3 times a day. keep the area clean and dry. Wear loose cotton clothes. Visit your doctor so that he can examine you and give you prescription. You can share my opinion with him. I hope it helps. Take care