There are many unpleasant areas to have eczema creep up on you, but one of the most annoying and possibly embarrassing areas has to be: the groin.
Groin eczema, also known as groin dermatitis, is actually more common than you think especially because the skin in that area is thinner and much more sensitive than other areas of the body. Not to mention that it’s almost always in contact with clothing that can contain irritants or allergens that only exacerbate your eczema.
Please keep in mind that although these tips have worked for many eczema sufferers, I am in no way a medical professional. If you’re experiencing severe eczema or have a topical infection, it is always best to seek medical advice immediately.
Before discussing groin dermatitis relief, it’s important to understand the differences between it and fungal infections.
One of the most common fungal infections that develop in the groin area is known as Tinea cruris, aka crotch rot. Not only is this fungal infection confused with groin dermatitis often, but it is also has similar symptoms to inverse psoriasis as well.
Because all conditions are treated differently, seeking a medical practitioner to get a proper diagnosis on your skin condition is extremely important and will help ensure you find quicker relief.
If you are diagnosed with groin dermatitis, here are some ideas to find relief.
1. Switch to Allergy Free Underwear
To keep your most sensitive area breathing and less prone to fungal infections, opting for light, breathable underwear is important. In addition, often times, eczema in the groin is caused or further irritated by contact with chemicals in fabrics or elastic bands containing latex. So, for your best chance at healing your eczema “down under,” one good option is to switch to 100% organic cotton, latex free Allergy Free Underwear like these Men’s Elastic Free Drawstring Boxers, Men’s Hipster Briefs, Women’s Latex Free Panties – Bikini Briefs, High Cut Panty, Low Rise Briefs, or Women’s Latex Free Panties – Waist Briefs. And for children these would be excellent: Boy’s or Girl’s Underwear for Sensitive Skin. Wearing Allergy Free Underwear is one critical step to relieving itchy, irritated skin.
We also really LOVE these Remedywear boxer briefs. They are made with a unique TENCEL and zinc blend that was clinically proven  to reduce itchy skin and inflammation when worn just three consecutive nights!
2. Soothe with a Natural Cream or Balm
To keep skin moisturized and healthy, you’ll want to use a balm or cream underneath your latex free, allergy free underwear. Groin dermatitis can cause both itching and inflammation, so using a natural cream like the Organic Manuka Skin Soothing Cream can help wonders. Washing your skin with a gentle, specially formulated soap like this Emily Skin Soother’s Soap for Eczema will also go a long way, but use all soap sparingly because even the most gentle and moisturizing of soaps is still a soap at the end of the day and ALL soaps will dry out the skin at least a little bit. Never, ever sit in a bathtub with soapy water or bubble bath when you have eczema of any kind, especially in the groin.
3. Try Wet Wrapping
If you or your child’s eczema is being extremely difficult, you can always try wet wrapping, which works great on any part of the body. Start by soaking in water (no soap!) for 20 minutes, towel dry, liberally apply the cream of your choice, cover with a damp layer of clothing and then top with a dry layer of clothing. You can use the Allergy Free Underwear or another latex free 100% cotton underwear as both your wet and dry layer. For kids, these work really well if you forgo the underwear: WrapESoothe Eczema Suit or WrapESoothe Pants.
4. Start an Elimination Diet
Although the above suggestions might heal groin dermatitis temporarily, an elimination diet can eliminate any food allergens that may be causing flare-ups by creating higher levels of inflammation in your body and gut. To get started on an elimination diet, make sure to check out our blog post: Our Eczema Elimination Diet Success (How You Can Do It Too!).
Although eczema in the groin area can be annoying and embarrassing, there are many healing options available. However, if you are experiencing ongoing symptoms or are in a lot of pain, make sure to visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Do you have groin eczema? Let us know how you treat it in the comments below!
Bio: Laura is a contributor and content developer for It’s An Itchy Little World. She is in no way a medical professional. Her comments, suggestions, and reflections are not intended to replace any medical advice. Always seek the help of a medical professional before undertaking any diet or lifestyle changes. Please see It’s An Itchy Little World’s disclaimer for information about affiliate links and more.
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