So I think I gave myself diaper rash. How do I get rid of it, and how can I prevent it from happening again?
I'm a 23-year-old man living in New York City. A few weeks ago, there was a very nasty heat wave that struck the city (and environs). During this whole escapade, I was constantly sweating, as I didn't have an A/C, although I had one at work, I was sitting all the time, so my ass crack [what's the technical term for this again?] never dried out properly. At least that's what I theorized when a few days later I got a rash there.
At first I thought it might be jock itch of some kind, but the best stuff for such things failed to improve anything after two weeks of treatment. I tried using jellied alcohol as was suggested a few weeks ago
, but the burn was too much to the point that I became convinced I was doing more harm than good.
Baby powder helped relieve the symptoms, but they're still present.
The skin irritation is bad enough that when I wipe my ass, I get blood. This squicks me out really bad as everyone knows how bad such things can be for you.
My girlfriend, saint that she is, checked to see if it was hemorrhoids, but they're not.
FYI, a few months ago I somehow caught Giardia
shortly before leaving for a trip to Germany, and was moderately ill during the entire trip. I had similar cuts at that time thanks to the frequency I was using the toilet, but got treatment upon returning to the States, and those went away.
I'm planning on calling my Dr. if this does not clear up soon, but I'll be going on a camping trip next week and I'm looking for any suggestions to decrease the symptoms while I'm there (and running, and exercising and so forth).