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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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dog has a red rash in groin very itchy

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vry red rash in groin area with alot of scrtching
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 9 years ago.
HiCustomer

There are a few possibilities to what you are describing. It could be ringworm, mange, or possibly an allergy. Treating any problem without knowing for sure what it is causes a delay in the treatment of the real problem if your first guess is wrong. Below are websites on Ringworm and mange that will go into more detail on these conditions.

Here is a website on Ringworm:
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_ringworm.html
Here is two on Mange.
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_demodectic_mange.html
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_sarcoptic_mange.html
You can read up on allergies here:
http://allergies.about.com/cs/canine/a/aa072699.html

A lot of dogs have an allergic reaction to corn and wheat in dog foods, so you may want to switch dog foods to one that does not contain corn or wheat. It may take several weeks to see improvement after the change of food. You may also give your dog Benadryl up to 2mg per pound every 8 hours.

There might be a secondary skin condition in addition to the allergy such as staph dermatitis or yeast dermatitis. Staph usually occurs on the lower regions of your pet and tends to have small pimple type bumps. Shampoo containing Chlorhexiderm and/or Oatmeal can help with this condition though it does not cure the allergy. Yeast typically shows as a greasy area that has a sweet musty odor. Sometimes the skin can become inflamed, darker and thickened due to itching. Yeast likes areas such as between toes, armpits and ears. Selsun Blue Shampoo can help with Yeast dermatitis. When shampooing, lather and leave on 15 minutes before rinsing. These shampoos are not meant to be a cure, just a relief until your pet can see a Vet.

I really suggest you have your Vet examine the areas and diagnose this.