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Hi, I have a rash in my groin, on both sides, where abdomen meets thigh, but not on genitals. I'm male. It's a cluster of red points, with flaky skin where it's worst.
I've had this problem for my whole adult life, which is over ten years. It may have started when I had a very active job and used to sweat at times. I haven't had that job for several years but the rash has persisted. I've been to several different GPs about it. They invariably prescribe me different topical creams, sometimes anti-fungal, sometimes corticosteroids, which work in varying degrees of effectiveness, until the rash has cleared up. I follow the course through to completion, then as soon as I stop the rash comes right back, as if it was just waiting.
One doctor took a scraping and had it analyzed. The results showed that it was not fungal.
I'm not immunocompromised, not overweight, not diabetic. Oh, and not sexually active
I've done as much home research as I can, I've been down the candidiasis/yeast infection rabbit hole and tried various quack diets and health food supplements, with almost no improvement except that eliminating sugar seemed to work for a time, then spontaneously the rash returned while I was still not eating sugar. This link reinforced the yeast infection idea for me at the time, but the scraping results showed that it's not fungal, and yeast is a form of fungus, so that's quite confusing.
It doesn't bear a strong resemblance to tinea cruris, ringworm, intertrigo or inverse psoriasis.
The only other symptom I've had persistently for all this time is post-nasal drip, and I can't see how that could be connected.
I don't want to be one of those people who criticise doctors for spinning pharmaceutical bucks time and again instead of addressing the root of the problem and curing it once and for all, but it's getting hard to understand why they can't rid me of this simple rash, which I've had for so long. I would quite like to be able to have sex without reassuring the partner that I don't have an STD. I would quite like to not have to apply cream to my crotch, twice a day, every single day. Any help or new ideas would be very greatly appreciated!
Thanks for reading.
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