Thigh chafing is perhaps one of the most common thigh-related skin problems. It happens as a result of friction when your inner thighs rub against each other, damaging your skin.
When you have thigh chafing, you may notice red, blister-like lesions that can also burn.
While it is true that thigh chafing can be worsened by humidity and by workout-related sweat, you don’t want chafing to keep you away from your favorite activities.
With a combination of home remedies and over-the-counter (OTC) products, you can help treat and prevent chafing so it doesn’t interfere with your everyday life.
Thigh chafing causes
Thigh chafing is caused when your thighs rub against each other and cause friction, similar to wearing tight shoes that cause blisters on your feet. You may be at an increased risk for thigh chafing due to:
- Sweating, either from exercise or from everyday activities
- Wearing thin leggings, skirts, or shorts that don’t provide enough barrier between your thighs
- Heat and humidity
- Trapped moisture between skin folds
- Wearing cotton or other fabrics that don’t absorb enough moisture
Thigh chafing treatment
Thigh chafing can come on quickly. To help treat and prevent the resulting rashes, consider some of the following measures.
This includes a combination of OTC treatments as well as specialty clothing.
It’s important to treat thigh chafing so the rashes don’t worsen. See a doctor if you suspect an infection, which may include symptoms like swelling, pus, and excessive tenderness.
Thigh bands are small elastic accessories that you wear around the width of your thighs to help prevent chafing.
These work particularly well if you’re wearing a skirt or a dress where your thighs come into direct contact with one another, but you can wear them under shorts, pants, and athletic wear, too.
As a bonus, you can slip on thigh bands even if your thighs are already chafed to protect your skin from getting even more injured.