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8 Potential Groin Itch Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    This is a long-term, recurring condition but symptoms are manageable with care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Groin

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    groin redness, groin itch, scabbed area of the groin
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the groin:
    groin redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Folliculitis

    Folliculitis is a common skin problem where hair follicles are infected by bacteria or fungi.

    Mild cases clear in a few days. More severe ones can cause hair loss and scarring.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    small groin lump, pink or red groin bump, groin itch, yellow or white groin bump, groin bump producing yellow or milky fluid
    Symptoms that always occur with folliculitis:
    small groin lump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris)

    Tinea cruris is a common fungal infection of the skin in the groin area. It can cause ring-shaped redness, and sometimes itching or pain.

    With treatment the rash should be gone within 2-3 weeks.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    groin redness, groin itch, scabbed area of the groin, rash, red rash
    Symptoms that always occur with jock itch (tinea cruris):
    groin redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  5. 5.Genital Warts

    Genital warts are one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. It is caused by infection by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). While it cannot be cured, treatment may help.

    Infection with HPV cannot be cured, but the warts themselves can be removed surgically or sometimes resolve themselves in a matter of weeks.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    small groin lump, skin-colored groin bump, marble sized groin lump, painless groin lump, scaly groin bump
    Symptoms that always occur with genital warts:
    scaly groin bump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    penis itch, feeling itchy or tingling all over, butt itch, penile redness, scrotal itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Scabies

    Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by mites that produce an itchy rash on the body.

    Rash and intense itching should subside within 2-4 days with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    feeling itchy or tingling all over, penis itch, penile redness, scrotal itch, groin itch
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)

    Tinea Corporis is a common fungal infection of the skin. This rash is sometimes called "ringworm" and results in ring-shaped redness that is often itchy.

    With treatment, the rash should resolve within 2-3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    dry skin, rash, red rash, itchy rash, curved rash
    Symptoms that never occur with ringworm (tinea corporis):
    groin skin changes, fever, scrotal itch, groin itch, facial skin changes, hand skin changes, genital skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Groin Itch

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Are you itchy all over?

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Groin Itch Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced groin itch have also experienced:

    • 4% Groin Redness
    • 3% Anal Itching
    • 3% Feeling Itchy or Tingling All Over
  • People who have experienced groin itch had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Over a Month
    • 19% Less Than a Week
    • 14% Two Weeks to a Month
  • People who have experienced groin itch were most often matched with:

    • 54% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
    • 15% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Groin
    • 3% Folliculitis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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