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little miss shy
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!!!

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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.

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