What causes painful bumps on inner thigh? Small, red and sometimes hard bumps can be worrying in both male and female inner thigh. Do itchy lumps on inner thigh a symptom of Sexually Transmitted Disease? In this post we have in-depth information on the causes, symptoms and how to get rid of inner thigh bumps.
There are a number of skin conditions that causes lumps and bumps to appear on the skin surface or below. These conditions include cysts, folliculitis, lipomas, ingrown hair, bumpy rashes and among others. The causes of lumps between thigh ranges from mild to serious life threatening causes. The mild causes do not necessarily need medical attention. These inner thigh lumps will clear on their own without medical attention.
However, serious causes such STDs or skin cyst need urgent medical attention. Treatment of these inner thigh lumps will depend on the underlying cause.
What Causes Lumps on inner thigh
Bumps on inner thigh can be due to a number of reasons. While some reasons are mild others tend to be severe requiring the intervention of a medical doctor. Here are some of the causes of inner thigh lumps.
Inner thigh lumps can be due to constant rubbing of the skin on thighs or between legs. The rubbing or friction results to irritation of the skin around the inner thigh causing bumps. Due to the rubbing together of the skin around the inner thigh, you may develop a condition called miliaria (sweat rash). This condition of the skin occurs where there is skin folds such as the upper chest, neck, under the breast, under the scrotum and inner thigh.
The irritation due to sweat rash can results to blockage of sweat glands. This results to pink, red or white bumps developing on the affected skin of inner thigh. The common symptoms include itchy or a burning feeling. Due to heat rash, one is likely to develop bumpy heat rash.
2. Hidradenitis Suppurativa
This condition occurs mainly around hair follicles with many oil glands and sweat glands. Such areas include the armpits, groin and anal area. It can also occur where skin rubs and fold together such as inner thighs, between the buttocks and under the breast. Hidradenitis suppurativa often present symptoms such as red tender bumps that can break open and draining pus. A bad odor from the drainage and itching can accompany these bumps on your inner thigh.
Hidradenitis suppurativa develops when hair follicles get blocked and inflamed. Although the cause of this condition is still unknown, hormones, metabolic syndrome, genetics, smoking, obesity and an irregular immune response are associated with this condition. Treatment involves practicing good inner thigh hygiene. Try to wear loose clothing and cut some weight to manageable levels. Warm compresses can help to reduce the size and pain associates with the bumps.
3. Staph infection inner thigh, Folliculitis
Another possible cause of inner thigh bumps is folliculitis. The bumps on your inner thigh are due to infection from staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The hair follicles become inflamed from the infection of staph or fungi. The common symptoms of staph infection include cluster of small red bumps or white- headed pimples around the hair follicles on inner thighs. The bumps can be itchy, sore and embarrassing.
Mild cases of folliculitis will likely to clear in a few days with basic self-care measures at home. Severe or recurring folliculitis can causes permanent hair loss and scarring. You may need to see a doctor for treatment.
4. Inner thigh cyst
There are number of skin condition that causes lumps or bumps on the skin surface on inner thigh. The bumps between legs could be cysts. These are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissues that can be filled with fluid, pus or other material-[webmd.com]. Cysts are common on the skin surface and can appear anywhere including the inner thigh.
Inner thigh cysts can develop as a results of infection, clogging of sebaceous glands. Common symptoms of cyst include:
- Slow growing
- Painless, do not hurt
- Feel smooth to touch when they are rolled under the skin surface.
Cysts are painless unless they rupture or become infected. Inner thigh cysts may not disappear on their own without treatment. You may require to drain the cysts causing lumps or bumps on your inner thigh to relieve the symptoms. In most cases, you may be forced to pierce the cyst with a scalpel and drain it.
If the cyst on your inner thigh is inflamed, it can be treated with an injection of cortisone medication. This helps the inner thigh cyst to shrink. Inner thigh bumps or cyst that do not respond to medication or keep on coming back can be removed surgically.
5. Bumps on inner thigh STD
Sexually transmitted diseases can the causes of bumpy rash on your inner thigh. Common STDs manifests as red bumps on inner thigh include genital herpes and syphilis. Genital herpes is highly contagious caused by a type of the herpes simplex virus (HSV) which enters the body through cuts in your skin or mucous membrane.
The symptoms of genital herpes may include:
- Small red bumps, blisters or open sore in the genital areas, anal and inner thighs near the groins
- Itching or pain around the inner thighs, buttocks and the genitals.
Initial symptoms of genital herpes is usually pain or itching after exposure to an infected sexual partner. Small red bumps or lumps may follow several days after.
The lumps on your inner thigh could be as a results of warts. Warts can develop anywhere on the body including the inner thigh between legs. Warts are small lumps that tend to develop on the skin of the feet and hands. Warts can develop singly or in clusters resembling certain cancers although they are benign.
Wart is caused by a viral infection, specifically the human papilloma virus (HPV). It causes an excess production of keratin, a hard protein that often develops on the surface of the skin. Although warts are not very contagious, you can get it by close skin- to-skin contact.
The lumps on inner thigh due to warts are harmless. You do not necessarily need treatment. If the wart do not clear out, you may decide to treat especially if it is painful. Common treatment methods include:
- Chemical treatment
- Freezing skin cells: the doctor will use liquid nitrogen to freeze the warts. A blister will form around the wart and dead tissues will fall off with in a week.
- Salicylic acid
- Minor surgery: when the warts cannot be treated with other therapies, surgery is done to cut away the wart. The base of the wart is usually destroyed by an electric needle or by cryosurgery (deep freezing).
A lump on your inner thigh may as well be an abscess. This is a painful collection of pus caused by bacterial infection between the thighs. The symptoms of abscess tend to vary depending on which type you are suffering from. An abscess on the skin between the legs often appear as a swollen, pus filled lump under the skin. Other symptoms include high temperature (fever) and chills.
How are abscess on inner thigh treated? Naturally, a small skin abscess may drain or simply shrink, dry up and disappear without necessarily treating it. However, huge abscess may require treatment with antibiotics to get rid of the infection.
8. Jock itch
The cause of bumps inside your inner thighs can be due to jock itch. In most cases, jock itch will begin with mild itching in the inner thigh and the groin. The itching can get worse and become unbearable. The rash tends to affect both sides of the inner thigh and groin.
Jock itch also known as tinea cruris is a fungal infection of the outer layer skin, hair or nails. Fungi thrive best in sweaty places in skin folds such as the inner thigh. Symptoms of jock itch include Itching and pain, a bumpy rash, red or pink rash on the groin folds and genitals.
Treatment of fungal related jock itch include use of one or a combination of antifungal creams. Practice groin hygiene, shave inner thigh, keep the area clean and dry.
Red bumps on thighs
What do red lumps on your inner thigh mean? Red lumps on your inner thigh can be linked to hidradenitis suppurativa. Although this condition is rare, it’s a long term skin problem that features small, red and painful bumps under the skin surface. The condition arises where the skin rubs together including the armpit, groin, between buttocks and inner thighs or between legs.
The lumps may break open and causing a foul smell. You will notice in some cases tunnels on the affected skin on inner thigh. Hidradenitis Suppurativa begins between puberty and age 40. It starts as a single, painful bumps that tend to persists for weeks or months. The disease can worsen in some people affecting multiple other parts of the body. Sign and symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa include:
- Red and tender bumps that break open draining pus. Itching, bad odor can accompany these lumps
- Sore, hard pea- sized lumps develop under the skin surface
- Tunnels or tracts of lumps connecting can form the under the affected skin.
The other possible cause of red bumps along the inner thigh is folliculitis. Inflammation of the hair follicles on inner thigh tend to cause small red bumps or white headed pimples around the hair follicles on thighs.
Bacterial or fungal infection due to folliculitis has symptoms such as:
- A cluster of small red lumps or white-headed pimples on thigh
- Inflamed skin becomes red
- Itchy or burning on the affected skin of the inner thigh
- Painful, tender bumps
Friction from shaving, tight clothing, dermatitis, acne and among others cause the damage of hair follicles. This can be the entry point for fungus and bacteria risking suffering from folliculitis.
Treatment you receive for red bumps on your inner thigh will depend on the underlying cause. For fungal infections, cream or pills are used to control the infection severity. Mild infections are treated with antibiotic cream mupirocin (Bactroban).
Lumps on inner thigh female
Lumps on female inner thigh can be due to one of the discussed causes above. It could be a fungal infection, jock itch, boil, abscess or STDs. If you are having bumps on your inner thigh, find out the underlying cause. This will help treat the cause and consequently getting rid of these bumps. For fungal infections, antifungal creams are preferred to pills. Proper groin and thigh hygiene can help cure the bumps.
Hard lump on inner thigh
A number of skin conditions can cause lumps on your inner thigh. What causes hard bumps on between your legs? Hard lumps can be due to Hidradenitis suppurativa. It commonly occurs around hair follicles with many oil glands such as the inner thigh, groin, armpit and anal area. Hard lumps that are pea-sized develop under the skin are usually painful and can persist for years become enlarged and inflamed.
Cyst and benign tumors such as lipomas (fatty tumor) can occur in the groin and inner thigh. These lumps can be hard and cancerous. Visit your healthcare provider to have these hard lumps evaluated.
Painful lump on inner thigh itchy
Localized infection can result to red lumps that are often painful. These bumps may be fluid-filled, ulcerated and break, leak pus or fluid. Bumps that hurt is a signal of infection either viral or bacterial. Folliculitis can also result to painful bumps on inner thigh. Other possible cause for painful bumps include warts and hidradenitis suppurativa. Inflammation of the ingrown hair inside thigh can also result to itchy and painful bumps.
Small Lump on inner thigh male
Small lumps inside thigh of male can be due to a number of reasons most of which we have discussed above. Jock itch, folliculitis, STDs, friction, inner thigh cyst, ingrown hair and among others could be the cause of small lumps inside thigh of male. Treatment depends on the underlying cause of bumps.
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Sources and references
- Lumps and Bumps under the Skin: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/cysts-lumps-bumps
- Hidradenitis Suppurativa: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hidradenitis-suppurativa/home/ovc-20200012
- Bumps on Inner Thigh: http://www.med-health.net/Bump-on-Inner-Thigh.html
- Skin conditions and Warts: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/warts?page=2