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Posted on Mon, 24 Jul 2017 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Thank you. The front of my groin is very itchy. It is wet (clear) where the itching is and is raw where I have scratched. The itching is strong. I don't see anything there. There is a white cottage cheese-like substance further back.
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Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 46 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Possible Candidal infection

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

I'm sorry for the intensity of the itching - that sounds miserable!

Your description of a "white cottage cheese like substance" is a classical for genital yeast infection or yeast overgrowth. Sometimes the area just looks red, without the discharge.

I'd stop the jojoba oil as if the skin has breaks in it or abrasions from scratching, the oil may irritate it.

Sometimes just bathing in a sitz bath with a cup of apple cider vinegar to a tub of water for a few days is enough to take care of the problem if it is mild. But given your symptoms, I recommend going to the drug store and getting an anti yeast vaginal cream, such as one that contains clotrimazole or other anti yeast medication in it.

Yeast normally live on our skin, but are controlled by a variety of factors such as the presence of competing "good" bacteria, and conditions that don't favor their growth.

Things that can cause yeast to overgrow and cause symptoms are taking antibiotics that kill the good bacteria, increased heat, moisture, and decreased air flow.

So if possible, wear cotton underwear, loose fitting breathable slacks (not polyester) or skirts, and change underwear if they are moist such as from sweating on a hot day. If possible, don't wear a bottom when you go to sleep. If you are on the overweight side, after a shower or bath, use a hair dryer set on a low setting (so you don't burn your skin) and after patting the area dry, dry further with the hair dryer. Avoid eating a lot of sweets, carbs, and alcohol right now - yeast like these things.

The anti yeast cream should take care of the problem, but if it does not, then it is time to see your doctor to see what else might be causing it, but the most likely cause, from your description, is Candida (yeast).

I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can provide further information.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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