Itchy thighs? Blame it one of these 5 reasons

Updated on: 5 July 2022, 13:14 pm IST

We are all familiar with itchy skin. Itching between the thighs is no different. Here are its causes and ways to get rid of it.

Aayushi Gupta
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Reasons why your thighs are itching like crazy. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Rashes and itching become commonplace in the rainy season, especially when it comes to thighs. Have you wondered why? It’s because this area tends to be hot, humid, and dark, which limits the airflow. It can also result from a range of internal and external factors, making the thighs an ideal environment for the growth of bacteria and fungi. But the urge to scratch and itch has to be stopped! To prevent it, you must first identify its root causes and then take appropriate action to put a stop to it.

Heat, sweating and humidity are among the culprits for itchy thighs. They can cause severe itching that can be very problematic and annoying to deal with. In fact, it might become bothersome enough that it could interfere with your daily life. You ought to seek medical attention from a professional if it gets worse or persists.

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The thigh area is prone to itching. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Health Shots spoke to Dr Swati Gaikwad, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Pune, about the causes of itching between the thighs and ways to avoid it.

3 major causes of itching between thighs:

1. Dry skin

It can be seen anywhere on the body, even on your thighs. Ageing, humidity, cold weather, using chemical-laden products, and poor skin care can be the causes of dry skin on the thighs. This can lead to itching.

2. Chafing

This happens due to an injury from friction, such as rubbing against clothing or another body part. Sweat, too much fat, and ill-fitted clothing cause redness and itching between the thighs.

3. Heat rash

This is a common occurrence between the thighs and happens when your sweat ducts get clogged. This is generally seen due to the sweat that gets trapped under the skin.

4. Hair removal

Hair removal techniques such as shaving with blunt razor blades, can cause rashes and itching. The skin of the thighs is delicate and prone to irritation, especially when shaving with products that have artificial scent and strong chemicals like alcohol.

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Razor can take a toll on your skin. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

5. Jock itch

This particular fungal infection can result in rashes, itching, and redness. The groin and inner thighs are affected by this infection. However, it happens more often in athletes than it can in non-athletic women. It is also common in people who are overweight and who sweat a lot.

Here are a few ways to get rid of itching between thighs

1. Use a moisturizer: To tackle ease dry, itchy skin use a moisturizer. Consult the expert before choosing any product.
2. Take a bath: Take a bath in lukewarm water for not more than 5 minutes. And please avoid not hot water as it can dry out the skin further.
3. Avoid tight clothes: Say no to tight clothes. Ill-fitting shorts and pants can cause skin irritation and itching. Wear loose-fitting cotton clothes to aid circulation.
4. Avoid scratching: Doing so can lead to infection. So just pat the affected area.
5. Do not use products: Opt for products given by the expert and you will be able to get rid of itching near the thighs.

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