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What causes itchy ring-type patches around groin area?

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Dr. Ilyas Patel

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Posted on Fri, 14 Aug 2015 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Hello Doctor,
I have a ring type patches around my groin area and it is very very itchy, especially when the area is wet. I have applied itch guard but it does not help. May I know what is this condition and help me to find a better medicine please?
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Answered by Dr. Ilyas Patel 14 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Please answer and post the photos..

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Welcome to HCM..

You have given very short history. There are itchy ringed patches in groin areas. For perfect diagnosis I would like to see photos of affected parts and to have answers of few questions...

- duration?
- describe the lesions...
- besides itching any other complaints like pain,burning?
- other sites affected?
- other diseases like DM,HIV,anaemia or other?
- do you have perspiration more frequently in these areas?
- history of job..
- history of any medicine you take..
- family history of similar or other disease..

Please answer and upload the photos of affected areas.

Awaiting your reply..

Thanks.

Dr. Ilyas Patel MD
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Ilyas Patel 26 minutes later
Thanks for responding Dr. XXXXXXX XXXXXXX

I am not able to upload the picture here as I could not see any upload button. Please find below the link that will take you to my dropbox where I have shared the picture.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/brlyxet0lr7e6w0/AACUY9eSNqAWd_dHJhe69-KEa?dl=0

This is not this big, but very small in size.

Also, please find below the answers for your questions:

- duration? - 2 weeks (itching a lot for the past couple of day)
- describe the lesions... - it is like a ring with slightly swollen corners froming a round. There are little patches
- besides itching any other complaints like pain,burning? - no pain, burning after scratching it when it itches
- other sites affected? - sometimes bums but not much
- other diseases like DM,HIV,anaemia or other? - No other diseases
- do you have perspiration more frequently in these areas? - maybe
- history of job.. - Project manager where I will be sitting most of the times
- history of any medicine you take.. - no intake of any medicines...as this is the first time I have this. I only applied coconut oil and itch guard.
- family history of similar or other disease.. - Both my parents have some skin diseases similar to this.

I hope I have answered all your question. Feel free to ask me if anything is unclear.

Thanks.
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Answered by Dr. Ilyas Patel 14 hours later
Brief Answer:
Tinea cruris likely

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Welcome back..

Thanks for answers and photo.

After reading answers and seeing the photo, I could conclude that you seem to suffer from tinea cruris. It is a fungal infection caused by dermatophytes. Probably perspiration may be the major factor for the disease. You should clean and dry the area frequently while you are in office. You may be having tendency for the fungal infection. You consult nearby dermatologist and have perfect treatment. However, I would suggest as follow..

- antifungal tab like ketoconazole or itraconazole once a day for 2 weeks
- antihistaminics like levocetirizine dail at night till itch is relieved
- antifungal cream like clotrimazole or miconazole cream apply at night
- antifungal powder like clotrimazole powder to sprinkle frequently after bath and at office also
- keep the area dry
- avoid soap bath
- dettol liq may be used for bath ...few drops in water in bucket
- treatment of affected nearby family members

I hope this would be helpful in managing your skin problem. Still, any query..you may ask.

Thanks.

Dr.Ilyas Patel MD
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Shanthi.E
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Follow up: Dr. Ilyas Patel 7 hours later
Thank you so much Dr. XXXXXXX XXXXXXX

I will go to a medical shop and buy these medicines and apply as prescribed.

I am greatful to your time and effort on the diagnosis.

Thank you.

Regards, XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Ilyas Patel 12 hours later
Brief Answer:
Thanks

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for your satisfaction with my answer.

Dr. Ilyas Patel MD
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Shanthi.E
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