Sweat rash or miliaria can sometimes occur as a rash between the legs or the inner thighs. The skin between the legs often rubs against the clothing and underwear causing friction. Also walking in hot humid weather can lead to sweating between the thighs causing chaffing. This presents itself as red, itchy and burning rash. In some cases, the rash may be of a fungal nature but typically it is caused by bacteria. Let us study some home remedies to treat itching between legs in females and males.
The best thing to do in order to prevent rashes on inner thighs is to keep the skin cool. When you feel the rash coming on, apply some ice to the skin. You can even use frozen vegetable packets to ice the skin. Alternatively, try washing the skin with cold water to reduce the itching and burning. If you plant to use ice, apply it for at least 20 minutes at a time 2-3 times a day.
2. Dust prickly heat powder
Many women get relief from chaffing and burning pain and rashes between thighs by dusting cooling powder. The powder absorbs sweat and also prevents moisture. After bathing, dry the skin completely and dust cooling mentholated talcum powders or prickly heat powder in between the thighs.
3. Take oatmeal baths
After a long day out in the sun, or after a hike or trek, use this simple home remedy to treat heat rash between legs. Grind some oatmeal (plain and sugar free) and add it to your tub bath. Soak in the bath for 20-30 minutes. The oatmeal will cool your skin and soothe the redness and pain.
4. Paste of baking soda
Baking soda is a great home remedy to treat insect bites and stings and it also cools, soothes and relieves pain caused by thigh rashes. So make a paste of baking soda in a bit of water and apply it to the inner thighs. Let the paste air dry. You will get instant relief from inflammation and itchiness.
5. Wear loose fitting clothes
For treating and prevent rash between legs, females and males must avoid wearing tight, synthetic clothing. You must especially avoid skinny jeans and leggings as they increase friction and aggravate the heat rash. Wear loose fitting, cotton clothing as far as possible.
6. Use hydrocortisone cream
Apply 1% hydrocortisone cream on the rash to prevent itching and reduce swelling and burning. These creams are available without a prescription and are highly effective. However, avoid using them for more than 2 days.
7. Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated helps the body cool down and reduces inflammation. So drink plenty of water, clear soups, sugar-free juices or freshly made vegetable/fruit juices. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. This will remove toxins from the body and keep your sweat mechanism functioning normally.
8. Rest in a cool area
Avoid going out in the heat as this will increase sweating and aggravate the inner thigh rash. So stay indoors in cool environment when you are suffering from rash between legs.
9. Rule out fungal infections
Make sure that the rash between legs is not a fungal infection and is caused by clogged sweat glands. Fungal rashes such as ringworm infection rashes are characterized by severe itching, burning and hair loss in the affected areas. Such a rash will not be continuous but may be in the form of circular or irregularly shaped lesions. If this is the case, use antifungal creams containing clotrimazole or miconazole. Discard infected items and wash all clothing in extremely hot water and detergent.
If the rash between legs does not go away after a week or if you have symptoms like fever, pus, blisters etc, then do get it checked by a doctor.