Rash is a condition of the skin wherein it becomes red, inflamed and itchy. Having rash on inner thighs is quite common and do not relate to any health concerns. It is however, not a palatable or pleasant condition. The rash may occur due to body contact, allergic reaction, improper hygiene, skin chaffing and diseases:
If the portion of thighs has been exposed to something irritating and allergic, the rash may happen as response. For example – chemicals used in bathing soap, shower gel or detergent for washing the undergarments may be the triggers. Sometimes, elastic on your pants or underwear is to be blamed. It would “burrow” so deep in between the thighs that the marks stay even after removing your pant, especially if it is too tight.
Obesity makes it worse. And this is due to fat thighs rubbing against each other, resulting in irritation, redness and inflammation of the skin.
Also there are some health ailments known to cause rashes on the inner thighs. For example- impetigo and eczema. Candida and other fungal infections may also give rise to rashes. The area of inner thighs is usually moist and thus more likely to accumulate the colonies of microorganisms especially fungus.
Some autoimmune diseases (condition wherein the body cells are attacked by their own body immune system) are also known to cause rashes on inner thighs.
Apart from above mentioned causative factors, our physical exercises are sometimes the culprits. For example, cycling wherein friction of skins happen during the exercise. The rash may first appear as a hot spot on one of the thighs, and to the cyclist a sign of warning to nip it in the bud. If the warning is ignored, following symptoms would be uncomfortable and to say the least, frustrating. Subsequently, the rash becomes intense and turns into a condition called folliculitis. Folliculitis is marked by a bump or blister at the hair follicles and might be filled with pus. This is more irritating and painful.
Jogging is another physical exercise that may cause inner thigh rashes. As one jogs, band and elastics on clothing may rub with inner thigh skin resulting in chafed skin.
Infants are also victims, as is the case with nappy rash. If the napkin is filled with urine or excreta and not changed for long hours, it may cause redness and irritation to the baby’s skin. If left untreated will result in small red bumps.
Symptoms associated with inner thigh rashes include: Redness at the affected area. Itching, irritation and inflammation. Also blisters, especially in severe cases.
Burning sensation, pain and discomfort while walking e.t.c.
The treatment of inner thighs depends upon the cause, and that is why it varies from case to case, however the following recommendations may be helpful:
Apple cider vinegar- a tablespoonful of apple cider vinegar and honey is mixed and taken thrice a day. You cab dip a cotton ball in the apple cider and wipe the affected areas with it. Allow to dry completely and repeat the process 2-3 X daily.
Bryophyllum pinnatum (òdaa opuee Igbo, abamoda Yoruba), an antihistamine which helps minimize skin flare-up and thus reduce the redness. Pulverize a few of its leaves and apply the resulting solution on the affected areas.
Azadirachta indica (Indian margosa, neem, dogonyaro), a body cleansing herb which helps in getting rid of toxins from the body as well as inner thigh rash symptoms. Blend a handful of the leaves with rose water or lemon juice, apply the paste and allow to dry completely. The pulp from the seeds is very effective when applied topically.
Aspilia africana (uramejuna Igbo, yunyun Yoruba)– washing the affected areas with solution from this species helps to stop redness, promotes rapid healing from skin irritation/inflammation, clears rashes and inhibits the growth of microbes.
Ageratum conyzoides– leaf juice when applied topically also yields same results as Aspilia. Dry leaves are made into anti fungal powder to help keep affected area dry.
Jatropha curcas (botuje Yoruba)- local antibiotic and anti fungal cream made from this herb is highly beneficial for nappy rash, when applied topically. Keeping the area hygienic and changing the napkins frequently solves the problem.
Aloe vera- apply freshly extracted aloe gel directly on the inflamed region and leave it to dry completely. Repeat 2-3 X daily.
Chamomile- washing inner thighs with chamomile tea helps in reducing irritation and thus helps in treating rashes. Simply steep a tea bag in hot water for 10 minutes, wash affected areas 2 X daily.
Shea butter- combined with vitamin E oil and cod liver oil. Applying this mixture keeps the area moisturized, reduces the inflammation of the skin and thus helps in alleviating itching.
Olive oil- spread some olive oil on the affected regions 2-3 X and allow to dry completely. This soothes the skin and reduces the redness of the rashes. Coconut or almond oil will also serve the same purpose.
Vitamin D cream- is a moisturizer and also very helpful in maintaining the good health of the skin. Apply 2X daily. You can purchase the cream from health stores.
Zinc oxide – cream or ointment with zinc oxide provides a strong protection against microorganism and prevents a rash breakout. Right from when you notice any redness or irritation in the inner thigh region, apply the ointment.