Inner Thigh Rash Causes in Male, Female & Babies: Itchy, Red, Bumpy Rash Remedies

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At one time, you have suffered from an inner thigh rash and my guess is that you would not want to relive the experiences again especially if it is itchy. Bumpy ones will also look unpleasant.

Red rash on inner thighs
Red rash

It can be quite irritating and sometimes embarrassing.  The rash can make walking a nightmare and as if that is not enough a rash between thighs can make you want to scratch your thighs even in public. And of course, we don’t need to stress the fact that scratching it and chafing can aggravate the problem by spreading the bacteria.

Worst of all is that it can prevent you from being intimate or just making love. Nobody likes the scene of ugly rash or bump on their partners when making out. There are just many reasons why you should get rid of rashes on your inner thighs or near the groin area

This is a detailed article on the causes, treatment, and prevention for an itchy rash on thighs or upper legs. I hope it will be helpful.


Normally, the groin area is moisty. This moisty condition, if not given proper care, can lead to infections around this area. These infections can be in the form of a red rash on thighs. Having said this, here are the reasons why you could be having a rash on your upper legs.

Frequent and vigorous riding

Whether you are riding a horse or a bicycle, you are causing friction between your thighs. Frequent riding increases the amount of friction. This friction will lead to inner thigh redness. This is a rash with a burning sensation and is also referred to as thigh rub rash or saddle sores. They are always very painful and become worse if you don’t stop riding. 


Inner thigh chafing is also common in overweight people who especially have larger thighs. Overweight people tend to rub their thighs more when walking which can lead to dry skin in the inner thighs. This can cause sores in these areas.

Another issue is that big thighs can prevent air circulation in the crotch area. Lack of enough air circulation will make the thighs very dump. This invites bacterial infections. These infections can cause red spots and bumps.

Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is an adverse inflammation of the skin when it encounters some allergens such as plants or skincare products. Use of certain shower gels, soaps, and body lotion can cause sore inner thighs. Our bodies react differently to some products, you may be experiencing crotch rash because of using products that your skin is allergic to.

These products may not have the same effect on others. Some plant leaves are also known to cause painful itchy bumps if you encounter them.

Itchy one -eczma
Itchy one – eczema

Sexually transmitted diseases

An itchy bump on this area can be a sign of a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD). Genital herpes is a form of STD that will often appear as blisters around your genitals and thigh regions.  These blisters are always watery in nature and sometimes burst to leave painful sores in the groin region. Other symptoms of herpes may include painful urination or difficult and frequent urination.

Another STD that can cause a rash near the groins and thigh is genital warts. Genital warts is an STD caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). They appear like whitish bumps on the inner thighs, vagina or anus.

A rash near the groin area or thighs in male or female could, therefore, be genital warts. Next time you decide to have sex, try to use protection because even though warts can be treated, they often recur.

In females

There are several reasons for the development of itchy bumps on the inner thighs in females; check out some of them below but note that some causes can affect anyone and not just women.

Yeast infection

Candida is the most common type of yeast infection that can cause itchiness. Candidiasis is caused by several things including a weakened immune system, overuse of antibiotic drugs and some type of birth control pills.

Candidiasis of the skin often causes a red itchy rash. In some conditions, the infection can cause the skin to become cracked and sore. Candida can also cause rashes in the armpit region, corner of the mouth and edges of the nails. 

Heat rash

Heat rash is a mild inflammation of clogged skin ducts. It happens when the sweat pores are clogged, and the sweat cannot get out of the skin surface. Heat rash on inner thigh is characterized by small rashes in the groin area in females.

They are small raised whitish bumps that can occur in this area, hands neck, and even shoulders. Heat rash is often caused by exposure to hot weather or even boils on the skin. They often disappear on their own after some time.

Heat rash
Heat rash picture

Wearing tight clothes

Wearing tight jeans causes friction and can lead chafing between thighs.  This is can also lead to rash between legs in females or even male who wear tight clothing. Wearing nylon underwear can also lead to this problem because of the pressure they put on the skin. Certain types of latex present in these cloths can also cause skin irritation.


Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating can cause inner thigh rash. Dump areas always attract bacterial infections and if you suffer from this condition, then you are likely to develop this rash. Overweight people suffering from hyperhidrosis are at a higher risk.


A lot of hormonal changes occur in a woman during pregnancy. Some of these changes can lead to her getting hives on the inner thighs. A rash in this area during pregnancy will often go away on its own after some time but if it doesn’t then you need to seek help from your gynecologist because it may threaten the fetus.

Impetigo herpetiformis is a type of inner thigh bumps that is induced by pregnancy. They are small puss-filled bumps that can affect the general groin area and other areas of the body except for hands, feet, and face. Other signs of these bumps may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and chills. Some people believe that if not treated, Impetigo herpetiformis can lead to a stillbirth.

Click this link to read more rash in the groin area for females during pregnancy.

In Males

In the male, there are a number of causes which can affect even women too. Here are some of the often causes:

One of the often cause is a jock itch. .This is a rash on the inner thigh or near the groin area.  It can lead to very intense pink and red spots on inner thighs in the male. Jock itch is a condition that primarily affects men because of the anatomic structure unique to the male genitalia. The itch is a fungal infection caused by a fungus known as dermatophytes.

A rash between legs in male due to jock itch is more frequent in people with diabetes and those who suffer from obesity. Wearing tight clothes and poor personal hygiene also increases chances of contracting jock itch. It may be without pain (no pain) or be with some pain.

An itchy rash on legs could also be a sign of athletes’ foot.

In children

The baby skin rash in the thigh region is associated with diapers or nappies. When you don’t change your baby’s diapers frequently then she is likely to develop a nappy rash because of the acidic nature of urine. Nappy rash can be treated by applying Vaseline Jelly on the affected area or any nappy rash cream that you have.

Treatment and home remedies

There several ways on how to get rid of a rash between your legs. They include creams for rashes between legs and home remedies. Let us see the common home remedies to give a try.

Before going to seek the help of a doctor, try the following rashes on thigh home remedies;

1. Ice pack

A few minutes of ice can help reduce the size of red bumps in this area. This is because ice shrinks a pimple or bump, therefore, shrinking it. By reducing the swelling, you also reduce the side effects of eczema for instance.

Ice also numbs the affected area thus reducing the pain and providing immediate relief. Ice will also make the itching go away immediately.

How to do it

  • Wash your thighs
  • Take ice cubes and wrap them in a clean washcloth.
  • Place the wrapped cubes on the affected area for a minute. Wait for 5 minutes and repeat the process again.

2. Apply olive oil

  1. Olive oil has got strong anti-inflammatory properties that enhance the healing process of inner thigh chafing. It is also a very strong moisturizer which will hydrate your skin, nourish and keep it supple.
  1. Another characteristic that makes olive oil an essential home remedy for acne is that it will not clog your skin.
  1. The anti-oxidant characteristics of olive oil will also get rid of the ugly scars after healing of bumps or pimples.
  1. These and more other benefits of olive oil make it a very important remedy. All you got to do is to apply the oil to the affected skin. But first, make sure the skin is clean and fresh.

Baking soda

pH imbalances on the skin are common causes of eczema in this area. Baking soda can neutralize the pH imbalance and thus help get rid of inner thigh acne also.

Baking soda also helps to dry the skin, thus drying the rashes and ensuring you heal faster.

How to do it

  1. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda and two tablespoons of water to form a paste.
  2. Apply the paste to the rash and leave it for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse with clean water.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera has got anti-bacterial properties which can reduce the redness. It also accelerates the process of healing.

Aloe Vera has also got anti-fungal properties which makes it one of the best home remedies for fungal infections between thighs. 

When to see a doctor

You should seek immediate medical attention if inner thigh rash does not disappear after seven days on their own or after using the above remedies. You should also see a doctor if the bumps continue to grow, bleed or if they are accompanied by other symptoms like nausea, headache, and general body weakness. The doctor will prescribe the right medication based on the cause of the rash that may be itchy or bumpy. If it is an allergic reaction, then he will prescribe anti-allergic tablets.

Prevention of these bumps or pimples

  1. Avoid tight clothes because friction can lead to sores or chafing. You should also avoid inner pants for some time until your thighs are completely healed.
  2. Practice proper hygiene, wash underpants and take regular baths to avoid getting acne-causing bacteria.
  3. Keep away from irritants especially the ones that your skin is allergic to
  4. Use natural moisturizers to prevent dry skin on your inner thighs.
  5. Stay hydrated by taking lots of water.
  6. Change your lifestyle especially if you suffer from obesity. 
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