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Question: I have a rash extending upward from my scrotum around the inside of my thighs. I first noticed it after wearing a new bathing suit with sandpants. It burned and itched for severals days but now is only red and itchy. This is now the third week with this and the only remedy I'm using currently is Gold Bond creme. I'm 52 years old and in good health. I have not had sex within the past three years so I'm not concerned there. Any ideas? Treatment plan? Mark

Answer: Dear Mark,

Rashes can be caused by many different reasons. Common causes include:

- Poison ivy
- Chemicals, soaps, detergents
- Insect bites/stings
- Medications
- Eczema
- Psoriasis
- Shingles

Rashes usually improve by themselves with time and some simple care tips:

- Avoid scrubbing skin
- Use warm water for cleaning
- Exposed the affected area to air as much as possible

Hydrocortisone cream (1%) is also recommended for rashes and does not need a prescription. A rash can take weeks to completely disappear. If symtoms get worse it is recommended that you visit a doctor.

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