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What causes severe diarrhea along with red rashes in the groin area?

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Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha

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Posted on Sat, 3 Mar 2018 in General Health
Question: bit embarrassing to ask ... potentially ... never had anything like this that i can remember ... i have a bright red rash on the left side of my crotch that is in the fold of my leg in my groin (?) area ... it is about an inch & a half @ it's widest point & it stretches about 7-10 inches along the fold in the skin where my leg meets the body ... i walk @ work almost the entire time (8 hr days 40 hr weeks) & get sweaty & hot & wear normal pants & boxer briefs ... i shower twice daily usually & have great hygiene ... i am sexually active & have had multiple partners over the past year or so ... but nothing extreme ... sometimes sex is unprotected, sometimes not ... the rash is also accompanied by itchy testicles ... especially along the vein that goes up & down my scrotum ... there are some red bumps here & there on my testicles & in the fold of my leg on the other side of my body ... but nothing extreme ... & final accompanying symptom is that there are multiple red spots on the edges of the entrance to my annus & these itch more & more ... i do not engage in any anal sexual activities however ... tho recently (about a week or 2 ago) i did have a several day quite severe battle w/diarrhea ... again, i have never had any of these experiences that i can recall ... sry for the long message ... i am not trying to be crude nor play a joke ... this is a very sincere inquiry ... i have been trying multiple otc remedies (lotions, cremes, ointments, etc) for a couple of weeks & some offer a bit of relief, but nothing seems to really help it clear up ... i would appreciate any &/or insight help u can offer ... i do not have health insurance, so if i can cure this w/home or otc remedies, that would be the best option financially
Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 40 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Possibly due to a fungal infection

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on Health care magic.

I have gone through your query and understand your concern. Based on the description it seems that you have a fungal infection in your groins. However if you can upload an image it can help me to confirm. Application of clotrimazole powder should help in its resolution.

The diarrhea is seemingly unrelated. You need to take plenty of ORS and fluids.

Let me know in what other way I could be of service.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 1 hour later
i appreciate the response. thank u. definitely eases my concern. forgive my ignorance, but how would i have obtained a fungal infection? sexual contact? other? can it just happen? can it result from lots of sweat or etc in that area? again, just never experinced this before.

is clotrimazole powder an over-the-counter product? i live in the u.s. if it helps answer that question.

i did go buy some zinc oxide lotion/ointment & immediately it seemed to help. tho it seems that it may only ease symptoms from your response & not actually be a remedy.

final question ... u said i need to take plenty of ORS? what is that? forgive me for not knowing the acronym. i drink plenty of fluids daily & much of that is water ... so will keep that up.

thank u again for the input & insight. very much appreciated :)i
Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
Anybody can get such a fungal infection

Detailed Answer:
You can just get a fungal infection just like anybody else. Nothing related to sexual contact. Zinc powder will help but I would insist on clotrimazole powder.

ORS is oral rehydration solution. It helps in maintaining hydration.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng

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