The ail­ments trig­gered by your un­der­wear

Daily Mail - - Good Health -

THIS week: Tight undies may lead to rash ILL-FIT­TING knick­ers or un­der­pants that dig into the skin can cause cuts or chaf­ing, says Ni­cholas Raine- Fen­ning, who is a gy­nae­col­o­gist at Not­ting­ham’s Nur­ture Fer­til­ity and an ex­pert in re­pro­duc­tive medicine at the Univer­sity of Not­ting­ham.

‘This can then be colonised by bac­te­ria or fun­gus that live in the gen­i­tal area trig­ger­ing a red, some­times itchy, rash called in­ter­trigo,’ he says. ‘Peo­ple of­ten con­fuse it for other skin con­di­tions such as der­mati­tis, pso­ri­a­sis or even heat rash.’ It’s com­mon around the gen­i­tals where large num­bers of bac­te­ria con­gre­gate, but tight bras, par­tic­u­larly un­der­wired ones that dig into the skin, can also cause the prob­lem un­der the breasts.

Once di­ag­nosed, in­ter­trigo can be treated eas­ily with a course of an over-the-counter fun­gal cream. ‘Peo­ple com­monly put treat­ments such as hy­dro­cor­ti­sone on it, which does re­duce the in­flam­ma­tion, but won’t treat the cause, so the rash re­turns,’ says Mr Raine-Fen­ning.

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