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Old 10-08-2008, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Westbury,NY
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The rash fortunately is not permanant. It seems to occur when I do exercise, especially when I go for long walks (hikes).
I've had this problem for years and it keeps getting worse. It is worst in summer and affects me in the colder weather too sometimes.
The rash occurs in my groin area and sometimes under my arms. I happen to get sweaty in those spots. I've found it got better when I switched to boxers, but now I find I do best wearing no underwear.
The rash has bumps that occasionally bleed (rare) and it is sticky. I got a really bad attack after a 10 mile walk I did the other day.
I always make sure to apply medicated powder to the area before I leave, but as soon as I start sweating the powder is sweated away and it starts getting sticky. I'd rather not have to carry powder around, so I've tried diaper rash creams (zinc oxide) but they are not helping.
I've also tried washing the area in a restroom, which helps somewhat, but once I start sweating its back again. It's only when I get home and apply the powder it goes away. Usually starts getting better immediately and is completely gone by the next day.
I think I may have what is called "prickly heat". I wish there was a powder I could put on that could keep me dry all day. I've tried anti-perspirents as well, not helping. Nothing's more painful than struggling to finish a hike when every step hurts.
It also has a smell to it. I wonder if I have a fungal issue? Maybe an anti-fungal cream will help? Otherwise I better start lugging around powder. Or maybe get a crotch cooling system?
I know it sounds funny, but the pain is so bad sometimes its a struggle walking back.
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:10 AM
 
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Next time it happens go to the doctor to scrape the rash to see if its fungal.

Are you very hairy? Do you think a trim might help?
(like a beard trimmer in that area)

Have you tried out moisture wicking shorts like bike riders wear?
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:25 AM
 
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Ditch the creams and powders and pick up some Body Glide at your local sporting goods or running supply store...

BODYGLIDE / Prevention Is Better Than A Cure
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:50 AM
 
Location: USA
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The rash fortunately is not permanant. It seems to occur when I do exercise, especially when I go for long walks (hikes).
You sure it's not chaffing? Have you noticed if your thighs rub?
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Those are "high-friction" areas, and if it stays moist.....you've got a great set-up for a yeast infection! What are you waiting for? Go to the Doctor!!!!
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:05 PM
 
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You sure it's not chaffing? Have you noticed if your thighs rub?
What the OP has described is almost certainly chafing which is why Bodyglide or similar products would be the best choice for prevention...
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:56 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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What the OP has described is almost certainly chafing which is why Bodyglide or similar products would be the best choice for prevention...
I agree - Bodyglide will work for this problem!
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Old 10-10-2008, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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The rash fortunately is not permanant. It seems to occur when I do exercise, especially when I go for long walks (hikes).
I've had this problem for years and it keeps getting worse. It is worst in summer and affects me in the colder weather too sometimes.
The rash occurs in my groin area and sometimes under my arms. I happen to get sweaty in those spots. I've found it got better when I switched to boxers, but now I find I do best wearing no underwear.
The rash has bumps that occasionally bleed (rare) and it is sticky. I got a really bad attack after a 10 mile walk I did the other day.
I always make sure to apply medicated powder to the area before I leave, but as soon as I start sweating the powder is sweated away and it starts getting sticky. I'd rather not have to carry powder around, so I've tried diaper rash creams (zinc oxide) but they are not helping.
I've also tried washing the area in a restroom, which helps somewhat, but once I start sweating its back again. It's only when I get home and apply the powder it goes away. Usually starts getting better immediately and is completely gone by the next day.
I think I may have what is called "prickly heat". I wish there was a powder I could put on that could keep me dry all day. I've tried anti-perspirents as well, not helping. Nothing's more painful than struggling to finish a hike when every step hurts.
It also has a smell to it. I wonder if I have a fungal issue? Maybe an anti-fungal cream will help? Otherwise I better start lugging around powder. Or maybe get a crotch cooling system?
I know it sounds funny, but the pain is so bad sometimes its a struggle walking back.

Sounds to me like Jock itch. Something i have had to deal with for years. Just go to walgreens and get some "tinactin" for jock itch (WARNING: get the cream..NOT the spray..the spray burns like hell.) Clean the affected area and apply
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:23 PM
 
Location: USA
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Sounds to me like Jock itch. Something i have had to deal with for years. Just go to walgreens and get some "tinactin" for jock itch (WARNING: get the cream..NOT the spray..the spray burns like hell.) Clean the affected area and apply

He is right, this can develop wherever you have folds, too. And he is also right about keeping the area clean. Wash with a mild soap and rinse well. Don't rub. Wash your hands after touching that area.
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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Try oil of oregano. It gets rid of fungual yuck.
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