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Sores.

I'm 19, a little heavier(not overweight) and over the past 4 years I periodically get sores on my inner thighs. They seem more prevalent during summer months. my hygiene is quite good(showering and thoroughly washing) so I don't believe its hygiene related. As for the sores, to the touch they feel as if puss is just underneath the skin, and below that it feels denser, more solid then the surrounding skin. These sores can be painful and debilitating. After work walking home I'm literally choking back tears. Any help would be appreciated.

++I wasn't sure as to where I should post this.
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Hi,
This could be due to a fungal infection of the groin called Tinea. The rash appears as raised red plaques (platelike areas) and scaly patches with sharply defined borders that may blister and ooze.
Affected areas may appear red, tan, or brown, with flaking, rippling, peeling, or cracking skin associated with  itching or a burning sensation in the groin area, thigh skin folds.

If the rash advances, it usually advances down the inner thigh. The advancing edge is redder and more raised than areas that have been infected longer. The area may enlarge, and other sores may develop in no particular pattern, there may be pustules on the edges.

Tinea cruris is best treated with antifungal drugs applied topically. Traditionally creams containing tolnaftate, clotrimazole or miconazole have been used, although newer agents such as butenafine are also used.

In your case,  glucocorticoid steroids may be combined with the anti-fungal drug to help prevent further irritation due to the patient scratching the area. This will help minimise the risk of secondary bacterial infection caused by the scratching.
To cure the infection naturally,  keep moist and warm areas of the body clean and dry by using powder(talcum or medicated ones).

ref:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinea_cruris
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My post may have been misleading. It seems to be only one sore on the same spot over and over again. sore does look plate-like but it does not burn or itch, just hurts constantly. another thing to note is that it doesn't seem to have any sort of opening on it, it looks just like raised + irrateted skin. My thighs also sometimes brush together when I walk making the affected area even more irratated, I am unable to scale back on the amount of moving around I do.

++  glucocorticoid is that OTC?
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I took a look through some photos of Tinea cruris on Google, and none of what I saw is what I have. Is there a wide array of symptoms for it?

++ and Thank You for replying.
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sounds like you have a skin abscess or a boil. They can be large raised bumps that feel hard to the touch and a sense that there is pus underneath often extremely so. Most often a bacterial infection, they can subside on their own, but a broad spectrum antibiotic can do wonders knocking it down. Sometimes Doctors recommend lancing it with a knife and squeezing the pus out. I think they mostly do it for their own entertainment since it's like popping a massive zit. Check out YouTube for lancing a boil Either way, get good strong antibiotics and take them on the prescribed schedule.
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