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feisty_jenn wrote in fatshionista
this is embarassing, but i'm hoping somebody here can help!

we've talked about chub rub many times -- and i'm familiar with that as a (sometimes painful) red rash on inner thighs...but does anyone (else) get other symptoms?  Like large painful sorta blister-things?  i tend to get them in the fold between my (under)belly and my legs....very sore.  i've found in the past that wearing spanx-type garments helps because it holds the belly away from the legs, so the thingies don't develop.  But i HATE spanx and similar garments....so i'm wondering:

(1)  does anyone else get these?
(2)  what strategies do you use to avoid them or to treat them?
(3)  what undies and clothing would you recommend to deal with them?

i'm 5'6", 330lbs with a rack o doom and a belly o doom and no butt to speak of.....any help would be muchly appreciated! 

ETA:  I just want to say thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!  For all the information and advice.  And just for the validation that other people get this too.  It's funny, I usually think of myself as refusing to be shamed about my body, demanding health care etc....but I confess, I cancelled a doctor's appt on Monday b/c i was too humiliated to ask my doctor about these lesions/boils....now i not only have some ideas for dealing with 'em but feel way more comfortable going to the doctor knowing that i'm not alone, other people get these.  so again, thank you all!!!

I get them from time to time. They are abcesses (or boils). I don't have any avoidance tips, but I just had to go to an immediate care last week to get one lanced. NOT FUN. In the past, they've always resolved on their own. My doctor told me that warm compresses with epsom salt water helps as does epsom salt baths.

They sound like boils.
My cousin gets them a lot.. I can ask her how she deals with them tonight.

I cannot tout the importance of powder enough. Some people swear by talc-free body powder, but I just use basic baby powder. I mostly get the horrors under my boobs, but I sometimes see them between my thighs and under my belly too. However, powdering after a shower and first thing after getting up in the morning really helps both heal what I already have and prevent more of the same. Also, it's super-easy to carry a travel sized bottle of powder with you and re-apply as necessary over the course of the day.

I really second this.

I use Lush's Silky Underwear dusting powder which is talc free. I have also found that using Lush's Dreamwash or Fresh Farmacy soap prevents these sorts of rashes or boils (no, I'm not a Lush employee, I just really rate their stuff). I have a long-term skin condition which makes me really prone to this sort of thing and I have found that washing underboobs and belly daily, followed by powder has prevented the boils forming.

Of course, it doesn't prevent the chub-rub though :(

I definitely get that, generally between my thighs. It's infected hair follicles, called folliculitus (sp?). My gyno recommended washing with cetaphil or some other non-comodogenic cleanser. If they persist, or end up deeper under the skin, they can turn in to furuncles (boils), which I've read sometimes have to be lanced, but I haven't had to do that yet. I wash with cetaphil and keep everything as dry as possible. I try to spend a little time at night before I sleep hanging out on the bed naked in positions that expose rashes or sores to the air, which seems to help.

I also found that if you're getting yeasty rashes (which I get under my boobs), Zeasorb AF powder form the drugstore helps. I think I first got that advice here, and it has been SUCH a lifesaver!

And now we all know way to much about me and my dermatalogical problems.

For the yeast rashes, Virgin COCONUT OIL. It's a natural anti-fungal that basically destroys the yeast cells on contact. If you apply it directly to skin 2x/day it will effectively ward off the rashes (and can also be used to treat vaginal yeast infectons), but it also gets rid of an existing rash SO fast and smells super good AND softens skin. I also take a teaspoon or 2 by mouth everyday to keep the yeast count in check and cook with it since it has a high heat point and won't break down like a lot of other oils. Its really good for brain function as well. It basically rules forever. Seriously, don't mess around with powders and stuff. Virgin Coconut Oil is amazing.


That sounds like Hidradenitis Suppurativa.

I have HS really badly, to where I am unable to walk sometimes from the pain. Have had to have my doctor lance the "boils" to make walking possible. Also manifests in the armpits, so I cannot raise my right arm over my head from pain. I am currently on two weeks of antibiotics (for the countless time) trying to clear it up enough to function.
There is no cure, there is no real prevention, though I have been going commando lately as I have noticed that undies (or any friction directly to the skin) makes it worse.
But it is a disease that should be monitored by a doctor... and has ties to many other auto immune illnesses.

I also have HS. It's one of those diseases that people don't know about and never talk about so no-one knows that anyone else is suffering.

I'm lucky as mine seems to have been under control by taking a daily low dose of antibiotics for the last 12 years or so (I was on tetracycline, but that has brought about side-effects so am back on twice daily eurythromycin). It was never bad enough to stop me walking, but I have some terrible scarring under my arms, boobs and on my upper thighs from the type of boils you talk about, and my god, the PAIN is horrendous. You have my total sympathy and I really hope that this bout clears up fast for you.

I think I know what you're talking about and if I'm right, then I also get them. But I usually get them on my hip - not where skin touches skin. I'm not sure what they are though and I haven't figured out how to stop getting them, though I don't get them often. Thanks for bringing this up though!

I have that! And so does my mom, and grandmother. I'm pretty sure it's just extremely hereditary (if we're talking about the boils that get the puss in them sometimes). I personally get them on my armpits and my upper thighs around my ladygarden. They usually don't bother me that much, but when I get really bad ones I keep moist heat on it. I've not had to have one lanced yet, but my mom has. I don't think there's anything you can do to actually prevent them though or at least I don't know of anything.

Edited at 2009-06-16 09:44 pm (UTC)


LOL, I'm totally stealing that term! :D

wow, lots of interesting info in these comments.

I just recently got my first one on my inner thing and maaaaan, SO PAINFUL. Thge darned thing just would NOT heal, it took about six weeks and some serious bandaging and medication to get it to quiet down (but not go away).
It's currently just lurking under my skin, not inflamed right now but I can still feel it.
I hope someone knows how to prevent these things :(

I get yeast infections in the folds. I use Gold Bold Medicated Powder.

yup, mee too. I use clotromazole(sp?) cream during and that takes care of it

I think I know what you are talking about they are very large and kind of hard one time I popped one and puss came out, I normally only get them on my inner thighs and they are painful as hell and I have so many scars from them. The only thing that works for me is to wash there very well and not wear pants that are very tight in that region my doctor told me they are caused from friction.

it could also be folliculitis, which i get pretty bad in the summer sometimes. it's basically a really irritated hair follicle. the irritation is usually from sweat and friction, and sometimes a little staph (which everyone has on their skin) gets in there and it gets really out of control. i don't know if they're any different than boils, and can be treated and prevented the same way. a lot of times just putting a bandaid over it to keep the skin from rubbing makes it better almost immediately. i don't have a compromised immune system, so my doctor said that i could take antibiotics to make it go away faster, but that it wasn't really necessary and it would go away on it's own. i have some scarring from it in my bikini area, but it's not as bad as the hidradenitis suppurativa sounds. keeping cool, clean, and dry seems to keep it pretty well under control, but i still have a few every year.

I get a lot of similar sounding bumps/pimples/boils/wev in my armpits and underbust and innerthighs. I recently started to get them on the tops of my thighs where nothing freakin' touches. My husband insists it's a friction/sweat thing...but it's not only in hot weather or when I've been sweaty. It's weird. The underbust thing bothers me/him most. I will follow this thread for some ideas. =0)

I too have a large rack, large belly, not a lot of butt.

I've had the occasional blocked pore, but mostly the worst I get is a slightly musty smell a bit like as if I'd squeezed a zit even though no zits are visible.

I try for a little naked or semi-naked time each day with my belly/butt/thighs exposed to the air, and that really helps. Usually I have my shower, dry off (pat delicate areas dry, don't rub) then go hang out for just a little bit on my bed reading while the drying finishes off properly. Then powder if I think the day or night will be a sweaty one or if I've been tending to get musty or rashy in my creases.

Um, are you me in another body or something? Haha, I have the same exact problem (and we're similar in size -- I also have no butt, lol). I've actually been having it since I was a teenager, and my best way of dealing with them is to slap a bandaid over it. It helps with the pain (not rubbing against other skin) and helps contain any ickyness if it should happen to pop open. Mine have always gone away on their own, I've never had to get one lanced. But I do sometimes get ones that stick around for a very long time. I'm gonna have to bookmark this post and read other ideas, cuz while my bandaid thing works most of the time, prevention would be so much better. I get them just under my bum in that little crook of my leg, so sitting really hurts when that happens -- bandaids have been the only way to reduce the pain for those ones.

A lot of people have suggested powder, but that just doesn't work for me. I sweat and it just clumps up and causes other problems. Ugh. If I could find a powder that didn't clump up and just turn into a sticky mess, that would be great.

at first i wasnt gonna comment bc i didnt think i had anything new to add. but when you mentioned that you sometimes get them on your bum in the crease, i had to speak up bc wow, have i been there!

i get these too aroung the lady bits, thighs and such and have been dealing for the most part just as you have. but i found when i was having a really bad flare up in my bum creases that i've got to be super vilagent with my toilet seat too. i think that the bacteria can get on the seat and spread them around. so just to be safe, wipe down the seat daily with a bit of bleach. it helped me immensely i'm embarassed to say. not that i dont clean up my bathroom regularly but when dealing with those spots, it helped me to be very vilagent with the toilet too.

Hope that helps someone!

I have a similar issue. I don't know if it's infected lymph nodes, ingrown hairs, HS, or what, but I get inflamed lumps on my mons and upper inner thighs that are under the skin. Sometimes they go away on their own, sometimes they come to a head, break, and then I have to drain the pus. Holding a hot washcloth to the area or taking a hot bath helps them along.

I'm having nightmarish visions of becoming famous and this thread turning up in the media. "Next on FOX NEWS! Is epiclevelregina draining pus in the Oval Office? THE ANSWER MAY SHOCK YOU."

I've found that sticking with fabrics that breathe-- specifically only wearing cotton underpants and going commando when I sleep-- and not trimming my bush have been helpful. However, I did some weed whacking for the first time in over a year last week, and there hasn't been much of a problem (so far).