Dark spots in the groin are very common, but they usually attract the attention of the patient already when they begin to peel, grow in size and itch. There is no certain age category, they can be formed both in an infant and an adult. Have a different structure, differ in size and shape, as well as color shade.
Experts very often face the problem of dark formations in the groin area, and there is a certain list of pathologies and conditions that contribute to the development of this condition. These include:
- skin trauma — scratches, abrasions, and cuts;
- hormonal changes;
- diseases of the fungal nature – versicolor versicolor, erythrasma, rubromycosis and athlete’s groin;
- pathologies of internal organs – malignant neoplasms, cirrhosis;
- skin color change associated with age.
Often the shade of the skin changes due to inguinal fungi, then further in more detail about each of them.
Photo of Dark Spots in the Groin
The pityriasis versicolor takes the first place among the pathologies capable of causing skin staining. Dark spots in the groin of men and women are formed in 85% of all cases of patients with lichen. Color lichen has other names – scaly or sunny. The main causes of the appearance may be in the chemical composition of sweat and a sharp decrease in immunity.
Brown spots in the groin area should be attributed to the main symptoms of pityriasis, the diameter can reach from 1 to 12 cm in size, and sometimes several darkened areas can merge into one. At the same time, the skin is absolutely smooth and does not itch. The presence of fungus does not affect the general condition of the patient. The pathogen for a long time may not bother the patient, and then for a few days or weeks to show its activity in the form of skin rash of a dark color.
Therapeutic measures include the daily use of antifungal and antiseptic agents, these include:
- 0.05% solution of chlorhexidine;
- alcohol solution of salicylic acid;
- cream Clotrimazole, Nizoral;
- Lamisil tablets.
Ketoconazole-based shampoos are also effective. After the course of treatment, pigmented skin areas may form at the lesion site.
Erythrasma inguinal – dermatosis, having a fungal and bacterial origin. Characteristic differences – the appearance of dark spots in the groin of women and men with different colors: gray, brown or yellow. The size of the skin can vary from 1 cm to 20 cm, with the addition of severe itching, roughness and peeling. Сorynebacteriumminutissimum is Corinobacterium, which is the causative agent of this disease. Appears on the skin when excessive sweating, traumatization, while wearing tight linen and friction on the skin. According to statistics, most often sick men aged 20-45 years.
Erythrasma treatment is very long, as is almost always associated with secondary infection, pyoderma and other inflammatory processes. Erythrasma is usually treated with the following remedies:
- 0.05% solution of chlorhexidine;
- 5% alcohol solution of salicylic acid;
- erythromycin ointment;
- tar ointment.
Groin athlete’s disease is another fungal disease that affects the skin folds in the groin area, as well as the area between the buttocks and the armpits. There are cases of involvement in the process of the skin of the legs and hands, nail plates, but this already has to do with foot mycoses. The main manifestations of athlete’s disease include dark spots in the groin with a red, burgundy or brown tint. In diameter, they reach sizes from 2 cm to 15 cm. Peeling, itching and painful sensations during palpation are added to all this.
The transmission of a fungal infection occurs through contact with an infected person, using shared household items (dishes, linens, clothing and personal care products). In addition, it will become infected in public places, such as a sauna, swimming pool, transportation, gym, and other places where large numbers of people gather.
People with obesity are at risk of epidermicos, because obesity provokes excessive sweating and damage to the skin. Treatment of athlete’s groin can be carried out at home with the use of the following medicines, which are prescribed only by the attending physician, based on the clinical picture:
- skin treatment with 0.25% silver nitrate solution;
- Triderm ointment;
- Clotrimazole or Nizoral cream;
- antiallergic drugs;
- treatment of the skin with a 0.05% chlorhexidine or iodine solution.
In order to avoid fungal infections of the skin, you must follow the basic rules of personal hygiene, use antiseptic solutions for the treatment of hands and wear comfortable and spacious underwear.