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What is a rash that itches really bad on your hips thighs and butt cheeks?

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An itchy, red and raised rash across the thighs, buttocks and hips is most likely an allergic fungal reaction. This type of rash is typically jock itch, according to ClevelandClinic.org.

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Jock itch is a form of ringworm, presenting with rashes that are raised with elevated edges, often circular. They itch heavily and primarily appear on the thigh, buttock and groin region, says EMedicineHealth.com.

Jock itch is mildly contagious, spread by direct contact or sharing of objects carrying the fungus. It is important to change underwear every day, indicates WebMD.

Wash the affected area, thoroughly pat it dry and treat it with a thin layer of an over-the-counter antifungal cream containing 2 percent miconazole, advises ClevelandClinic.org. If the area is wet, dust it with a thin layer of antifungal powder. It is important to keep these areas dry because the fungus thrives in moisture. Once the rash heals, apply a moisture barrier cream such as petrolatum, dimethicone and zinc oxide to keep the rash from recurring.

To prevent this type of rash, use only unscented soaps, dry skin well after bathing or showering, do not use incontinence briefs that have plastic liners, and put soft cloths or cotton pads between any folds of skin that touch, according to ClevelandClinic.org.

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