Post # 1
I’ve been dealing with this issue for a while now (4 months at least). Warning!! This is a Too Much Information post.. I’ve seen docs about it but treatment isn’t working so I’m wondering if anyone has any other home remedies or suggestions?
Here goes. In June, I first found a small lump on my groin area exactly where my underwear line sits. The bump was small. Maybe the size of the tip of my little finger? It was reddish pink and disappeared in a couple of hours before a doctor could see it. It looked like a purplish bruise afterwards. The doctor said it might have just been an in grown hair or a lymph node popping up from irritation.
I had no noticeable issues after that until maybe August. I was in the toilets and noticed that my skin was darker. Greyish brown in colour? Again, it looked like a bruise. It was a line directly under where my underwear line sits. It was on the same side as where the lump appeared. I went to the doctors and was told it was a fungal infection (they found I had a yeast infection at that time although I had no symptoms). Anyway, I put cloritimazole (sp?) cream and it felt better.
I felt burning or heating sensations at night as I tried to sleep. I began feeling it on both sides. I then noticed that both sides were irritated because it now appeared reddish (like irritated skin). Again, it was directly where my underwear line sits. The “rash” was a line and didn’t appear outside of the underwear line.. I went to the doctors again. I was given antibiotics as well as hydrocortisone ointment to apply. I did and it felt better and the redness week away but the area was still darker than usual (appearing bruised).
I’ve tried coconut oil, paw paw ointment and nothing as well. Nothing is working. I’m continuing to apply cloritimazole cream (anti-fungal) now but it’s the same. My doctor said it could take months to go back to normal or the discolouration may be long term.. I just am going out of my mind because I’ve see 3 doctors who have said this is just a mild fungal infection (diagnosed by sight). But the stuff isn’t working! I will see my doctor again but in the meantime, has anyone ever experienced or know of someone who had this? It’s like nappy rash but for adults.. Apparently it’s possible to get if the area gets sweaty which doesn’t happen to me?
I just want to wear underwear in peace!! 🙁
Thanks for reading
Post # 2
I don’t really have any advice other than maybe try sleeping without underwear? You can sleep with PJ pants, but that would maybe give that area a chance to breath. I hope you feel better soon! Definitely sounds really frustrating. Maybe see a specialist?
Post # 3
kimbim: I have never experienced anything like this before- but try some biotic cilver/colloidal silver on the area. Continue using whatever the DR gave you as well.
Post # 4
I have never experienced this but considering that it’s right on your underwear line, have your tried different underwear? Perhaps a different cut or material? Ones that don’t have tight elastic? Maybe try sleeping without underwear.
Post # 5
Could you try wearing a style of underwear that doesn’t have elastic cutting into the problem area? I have some boy short underwear that I wear for exercise that dont cut across the groin. If it is a fungal infection, keep the area dry and let air circulate and apply the medication twice a day
Post # 6
kimbim: Do you shave? Maybe you just have super sensitive skin around that area
I second the other PP suggestions about going without underwear, or maybe try seamless boy shorts ( the kind for yoga)
I would maybe try witch hazel too- it could be your skin is now reacting to the anti fungal…
Post # 7
kimbim: Definitely try to not wear underwear to bed. It may really help. also try maybe wearing looser underwear, like a PP said, boy shorts may help. And it could be the type of underwear you’re wearing. What kind of underwear do you wear? Cotton could be much better.
Post # 9
If it is a fungal infection, Melaleuca (high-quality tea tree oil) and witchhazel might help. You can put the two on a cotton ball and swab the area a couple of times a day. Let it dry, then apply a 100% vitamin E oil to soothe the area. I have crazy skin and have dealt with all kinds of rashes and irritations, so this is what I would do! Maybe try a different cut of underwear, like PPs suggested, until it clears up. Is the area dry/flaky? Did any of the doctors take a sample of the area to test for fungus? In my experience, doctors are rarely helpful with stuff like this, even dermatologists. Good luck, OP, I hope you get some relief soon.
Post # 10
kimbim: Could it just be a contact allergy? Try wearing underwear that doesn’t cut across that area and wash them with fragrance/dye free detergent.
Post # 11
Did you change laundry detergents recently? I wonder if it could be some weird reaction to whatever detergent you’re using, which would be on all of your underwear.
Post # 12
Underwear is overrated anyway 😉
Post # 13
Throw out all your underware. Every last piece. Sanatize your laundry basket with bleech, clean your drawer and run your washer on clean cycle atleast a couple of time.
Also as other said, try a dye-free, irratant free soap and wash your underware by itself in the hottest watter possible.
You should also wash your pants/pj’s/sheets and towels after every use in the hottest water possible.
After that replace all your underware again when the infection is cleared. This fungus is obvously growing on something, and you need to get to the root or it will reoccur.
Post # 14
Yeah I would throw them all out and make sure to just wear cotton until this has cleared.
Post # 15
kimbim: here’s a funny story that is related to your situation. i was in college when this happened. my entire life my mother told me not to sleep with underwear. i need time to air out. i was home from college and went to sleep with this pleather thong i was wearing that day. i thought the gods were punishing me. i woke up the next morning thinking my underwear strangled me. i had a lump in my bikini line, i could barely sit. for 3 days i was too embarrassed to tell my mother until the pain got so excrutiating. she took me to the ER. i had what they called a bartholins (sp) cyst. they drained it, told me to soak it, etc. i was fine.
about a year later, i got it again and went to the gyn. it had shrunk a little by the time my appointment came but she said once you have one, you are prone to get them again.
since then, i get one every 1-2 years. i soak in warm water untll they shrink.
hope this helps.