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August 2009 Mayo Clinic Health Letter Highlights Herbal Supplements, Groin Rashes and Hand Arthritis
Date:8/13/2009

on't clear up without treatment. A nonprescription zinc oxide or antifungal powder can help, along with keeping the skin dry. If that's not effective, a doctor might recommend antifungal or antibacterial creams, oral antibiotics, or diluted vinegar soaks to help kill germs causing the infections. Mild hydrocortisone cream may reduce inflammation.

Erythrasma (er-uh-THRAZ-muh): This bacterial infection can occur along with intertrigo or independently. Affected areas have a reddish color and may be mildly itchy. The antibiotic erythromycin might be useful.

Eczema (dermatitis): Flare-ups of these red to brownish-gray patches are very uncomfortable. Tiny raised bumps may leak fluid and crust over when scratched. Home care includes avoiding harsh, irritating soaps and applying nonprescription anti-itch cream. When these measures aren't effective, a care provider may prescribe corticosteroid creams or ointments. Oral antihistamines also may help.

Inverse psoriasis: This form of psoriasis shows up as smooth, red patches of skin. It's aggravated by friction and sweating and is more common in people who are overweight. Typical treatments include topical corticosteroids or topical inflammatory medications called calcineurin inhibitors. Examples are tacrolimus (Protopic) or pimecrolimus (Elidel).

Jock itch (tinea cruris): This itchy, red and often ring-shaped rash causes a burning sensation. It typically appears in the warm, moist areas of the inner thighs, buttocks and genitals. The cause is dermatophytes (fungi) and, in many cases, the condition will respond to nonprescription antifungal ointments, lotions, powders or sprays. Severe outbreaks may require prescription antifungal topical or oral medications.

Folliculitis: This is an itchy rash made of small, white-headed pimples around hair follicles. It's caused when hair follicles are damaged d
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