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Overview of Skin Rashes that Itch

Nothing is worse than skins rashes that itch—except when they occur “down there.” Rashes, lesions, and any miscellaneous genital disturbances can be undeniably embarrassing and worrisome, but often these irritating and itchy skin rashes aren’t anything to worry about. However, sometimes rashes in the nether regions can indicate a more serious condition such as a sexually transmitted disease.  

Possible Causes of Skin Rashes that Itch

  • Sexually transmitted diseases
    • Genital herpes and syphilis can often cause red skin rashes
    • Crabs, also known as pubic lice
    • Scabies, a parasitic infection that can be contracted both sexually and non-sexually
  • Fungal infections, such as yeast infections
  • Poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac
  • Bacterial infections, such as impetigo
  • Allergic reaction to detergent, lotion, soap, etc.
  • Heat rash
  • Jock itch

Diagnosing Skin Rashes that Itch

Herpes, a common STD that causes itchy skin rashes, can often be misdiagnosed for many different conditions. Herpes symptoms can be mild or severe, itchy or painful. If you are sexually active, then you are at risk for STDs. Test for herpes, syphilis, and other STDs via STD testing when experiencing a skin rash that itches.

If you are not at risk for herpes and other STDs, a doctor or dermatologist can help diagnose genital skin rashes that itch.

Treating Skin Rashes that Itch

When herpes causes annoying and itchy skin rashes, antiviral medication can help ease symptoms and reduce the frequency of outbreaks. Condoms and medication can help reduce herpes transmission, but until the rash is properly diagnosed, abstain from sexual contact.

Some skin rashes that itch will heal on their own, such as those caused by poison plants. Heat rashes and allergic reactions will clear up through minor changes in one’s behavior and habits, but more serious conditions such as bacterial and fungal infections may require a doctor’s attention.

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