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small scaley patch in my inner thigh gets very red and raw.

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A couple of weeks ago I noticed a small scaley patch in my inner thigh, over the past few weeks it has spread throughout my inner thigh and the crease between my genitals and thigh. I've looked at photos of herpes and it doesn't appear to be puss filled lumps, more of a cluster of red spots that have created one large red patch in my inner thigh and has a scaley look to it. It is quite painful and when itched gets very red and raw. Is it possible for it to be herpes though I don't have puss filled lumps?

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replied September 19th, 2012
Herpes and Genital Warts Answer A38795
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. There are a few possibilities for this kind of rash. It can be a fungal infection (Tinea cruris) or a contact or irritant ( xerotic) dermatitis.
Wash your groin daily and then dry thoroughly by pat drying, not rubbing. The damp groin is an ideal site for fungi to multiply. Also wear cotton underwear and do not share other people’s towels.
Treatment for both is entirely different. I feel that you should consult a dermatologist and get this rash assessed so that specific treatment (antifungals or corticosteroids) can be started. I sincerely hope that helps.

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