Q. I have a burning sensation in my groin area, which makes walking difficult. What could it be?

Answered by
Dr. Atishay Bukharia
and medically reviewed by Dr. Preetha J
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 20, 2020

Hi doctor,

I have a burning sensation in the skin in my groin area, which is making me very hard to walk. I have had it on and off for the past 11 months. I am not sure if it is a skin chafing or jock itch or bacterial infection or something more serious. I tried jock itch cream, but it did not help.



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Please answer a few questions:

1. Do you have any itching?

2. Do you have any history of hypertension or diabetes mellitus, or any other systemic disease?

3. Was there any fluid-filled vesicle eruptions?

4. Is it progressing or being persistent?

I am looking forward to your response to help you.


Hi doctor,

Thanks for your reply.

I do not have any itching, but it is more like a burning sensation when walking especially. I do not have any history of hypertension or diabetes. And there are no fluid eruptions. It is more like being persistent than progressing, and honestly, it is hard to tell.



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It might be a case of neuralgia; the three most common cause of burning in particular areas are,

1. Postherpetic neuralgia (pain that persists after an episode of herpes zoster, sometimes there is no apparent eruption observed, even in cases of herpes zoster that known as zoster sine herpete).

2. Neuropathy is an impaired function of nerves due to various reasons.

3. Vitamin B12 deficiency is also one of the most common causes of neuropathy.

I would advise you to take Vitamin B12 1500 microgram daily for 2 to 3 months and tablet Amitriptyline 25 mg, once daily at night for one month. If not relieved by this, you need a complete work-up and need to consult with a Neurologist as there is no dermatological involvement. I hope it helps. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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