What you have is in all probability a fungal infection which has become inflamed because of scratching. This is a common condition but is more common in men than in women. The most common causes of the infections are –
1. Poor hygiene
2. Synthetic underwear
3. Build up of sweat, leading to excessive moistness in the groin
4. Tight trousers, shorts, underwear, jeans
5. Friction in the region because of heavy thighs
Change the way you do a few things -
1. Maintain hygiene
2. Switch to cotton briefs
3. Wipe your groin and privates dry, after bath and heavy exercise
4. Lose weight
5. Go without underwear, when at home
6. Wash your briefs and pants well and leave them in the sun, to dry
You can try some home remedies -
1. Make a paste with turmeric and water and apply on affected area
2. Dust baking powder in the groin region, after washing and drying it
3. Do not use normal soap, switch to medicated soap, there are quite a few in the market, such as Aactaril by Himalaya Herbals. Look for soaps with Tree Tea Oil or antifungal properties. The chemist will be able to help
4. Apply corn-starch in the area
5. Wash with salt water and pat dry
6. Use Itchguard ointment, it is easily available
7. Alternatively, use Candid – B, it is available as an ointment and in powder and liquid form. The powder is recommended during the day, as it absorbs excessive moisture
8. The best anti-fungal ointments, powders etc have clotrimazole or miconazole as active ingredients.
If none of these remedies work, it is recommended that you see a doctor. The doctor might put you on oral medication to fight the fungus or yeast or whatever infection you have. Give it a week, at the most, and if your condition doesn't improve it is time to see a doctor.
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