What Could Be Causing Your Itchy Thighs

What could be causing your itchy thighs?

You might have noticed that your legs are always itchy during the day. You don’t feel like going out or doing anything because they hurt so much. Sometimes you even fall asleep while walking around.

Is there something wrong with you?

You may think that you just have a cold or some other infection but if you look into the medical literature, then you will see that this isn’t necessarily true.

The reason why your legs itch is due to a viral infection called Vibrio vulnificus. There are many types of these bacteria which cause different kinds of infections. Some types cause no symptoms whereas others can lead to severe skin infections such as necrotizing fasciitis (also known as flesh eating disease). However, most people don’t get infected with all the different strains of Vibrio vulnificus.

So what causes yours?

There are several theories as to what causes your itchy thighs. One theory is that the bacteria is living in your body from contaminated water sources. Another theory is that you are carrying a strain of Vibrio vulnificus which is resistant to antibiotics. A third possibility is that you have a type of bacteria called Staphylococcus epidermidis which can live on your skin and cause an infection if not treated properly.

Whatever the reason, it is important that you consult a doctor for treatment. While antibiotics might help, they have serious side-effects and may even make the infection worse. The best option is to drain the area of your body which is infected. This means drilling a hole into the area and draining out all the puss. After this you will need a skin transplant, but this should return your legs back to normal again.

How to get rid of your itchy thighs?

The first thing you need to do is find out what is causing your itchy thighs. There are three main causes for this, so you need to determine what exactly is going on with your body. Once diagnosed, there are various methods of treatment that can be followed.

So what exactly are the three causes for your itchy thighs?

Well, the first is a fungal infection. This is not very common and can be identified by white flakes in the skin folds of your legs. The second is bug bites. This is the most common reason someone would develop very itchy skin. The last one is an allergic reaction to something. Usually with an allergic reaction, you experience other symptoms as well such as a runny nose or watery eyes.

Regardless of the cause of your itchy thighs you should probably see a doctor to get these issues resolved. There are lotions and creams you can use at home in the meantime which usually help with the bug bite or allergic reaction causes. However, if you think you have a fungal infection then you definitely want to see a doctor right away as it may be a sign of a more serious condition.

Why does your itchy thigh skin turn black?

You wake up one morning and are horrified to discover that your thigh skin has turned several shades darker than your other leg. In fact, there was even a small black scab on it before you woke up.

What on earth could have happened?

There are many reasons why someone’s thigh skin would turn dark. The first of which is the most obvious, you could be developing a tan! If you spend a lot of time outdoors, then your skin will naturally darken to better protect you from the sun. This is a very common occurrence and isn’t anything to worry about.

The second possibility is that you have an allergic reaction to something. If you are itchy all over, have red blotches on your skin, and small blisters in more sensitive areas such as your groin, then you probably are developing an allergy to something. It could be anything from the detergent you’re using to the soap you use to the bed sheets you sleep on. If this is the cause then it is a good idea to stop using whatever it is right away and take Benadryl or another allergy medication to soothe your skin.

However, if none of these explanations sound like what you’re experiencing, then you should probably see a doctor right away. While it is highly unlikely that you are developing skin cancer with just a single discolored patch, it is still something to look into as it is often a possibility. The good news is that there is probably a simple cure for your problem, whether that be a change in vitamin intake, medication, or a quick session of laser treatment.

What can you do about all the blackheads on your thighs?

Just as your face gets clogged pores, oily skin, blackheads, and pimples, so do your thighs. It doesn’t matter how clean you are or how often you exfoliate, everyone gets these issues at some point in their life. For most it’s what they were born with, for others it’s from hormonal changes, stress, or bad habits. No matter what the cause there are several ways to treat the issue.

The first thing you should try is an over the counter product. There are several different kinds, each containing a different active ingredient. These ingredients range from salicylic acid to benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid is a common ingredient found in many products treating oily skin or acne as it helps remove dead skin cells and allows your new skin to shine through. While effective, it can also cause severe dryness and even discoloration if left on the skin for too long.

Benzoyl peroxide is the most common active ingredient used to treat blackheads and acne as it kills the bacteria that clogs pores. It also often has a mild drying effect and can cause slight irritation, redness, and even swelling if left on the skin for too long.

Along with these ingredients, there are several other active ingredients you can look for when choosing an over the counter product. Some of these are tea tree oil, allantoin, glycolic acid, and sulfur. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial that helps treat and prevent pimples as well as soothe redness and reduce swelling. Allantoin is an ingredient that promotes wound healing and helps regenerate skin. It also has a slight moisturizing effect and can help remove dead skin cells.

Sources & references used in this article:

A child with a long-standing, intensely itching subcutaneous nodule on a thigh: an uncommon (?) reaction to commonly used vaccines by E Bergfors, K Lundmark, UN Kronander – Case Reports, 2013 – casereports.bmj.com

Living with leg ulceration: a synthesis of qualitative research by M Briggs, K Flemming – Journal of Advanced Nursing, 2007 – Wiley Online Library

What are the symptoms of varicose veins? Edinburgh vein study cross sectional population survey by A Bradbury, C Evans, P Allan, A Lee, CV Ruckley… – Bmj, 1999 – bmj.com