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I have a rash around my anus. the skin is peeling and it is

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I have a rash around my anus. the skin is peeling and it is red and itchy. i have herpes and have recently had an outbreak, but it has subsided. i have used the topical before and valtrax and never had any problems. please help!
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. Hanish Babu, MD replied 7 years ago.



Thanks for asking your concern on justanswer.


What you have is an intertrigo, this can be caused by irritation of the area, bacterial infection or yeast infection.

  • In irritant dermatitis the skin will be itchy, red and oozing, appear suddenly.
  • In bacterila infection, there will be pain, maceration and burning.
  • In yeast infection, there will be itching and satellite lesions surrounding the main rash.

The treatment for each are different.


Here is what to do:


  1. Clean the area with Betadine(povidone iodine) solution.
  2. For Irritant dermatitis: apply a zinc oxide salve at night and a mild steroid like hydrocortisone 1% in the morning for a couple of days.
  3. For Bacterial intertrigo, you may require a course of prescription antibiotics. Most of the time, topical application of Fucidin should suffice.
  4. For yeast intertrigo, apply Clotrimazole solution twice daily to the area, and, when you go out, use clotrimazole powder.
  5. Have your blood sugar checked.
  6. If after any of this, the rash still persists, see your doctor.

Hope this helps.



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