Itchy Thighs

Possible Causes for Itchy Thighs

It is difficult to look professional and distinguished when itchy thighs create a persistent and irritating sensation, making you want to reach down and scratch or at the very least, rub your legs together.  While products can be applied to relieve this sensation, getting to the root of the problem and eliminating it is necessary for getting rid of the itch for good.

Skin and itching

The entire human body is encased in a soft shield against external irritants called skin.  An itch is a signal of the nervous system that the skin is being irritated and, being exposed to multiple irritants each and every day, it is only natural that we will experience at least one itch each day.  When we do itch, it is important to know the cause behind it in order to treat it if necessary.

It all begins when a specific stimuli lands on the skin.  Depending on the stimuli, it may create an immediate sensation or a delayed one.  Sensation receptors in the skin, whose job it is to remain continuously on the alert for such irritants, will transmit a message to the brain.  The brain interprets the signal as the need to itch, and an automatic response occurs when we reach for the spot to scratch it with our fingers; generally, providing immediate relief.  The brain’s signal to enact scratching by the hand also is intended to remove whatever irritant caused the problem in the first place.


Many external elements can irritate the skin and thereby induce that itchy feeling.  Allergens, bugs, airborne debris, hairs and more are the common culprits behind the irritating sensation.  Certain parts of the body are prone to particular types of stimuli.  For one area, the inner thigh, itching can have different causes due to the proximity and a unique situation that is not experienced by other parts of the body:  friction.

The thighs are the area of the body that begin at the top of the knee and end at the pelvis.  Because this area narrows at the pelvis, thighs that are flabby or large will tend to brush against one another when the individual walks, causing an irritation of the skin on both inner thighs.  People who join the fashion craze of wearing skin tight jeans also face the danger of inner thigh irritation as the fabric provides the friction for the skin.  The resulting irritation can cause unbearable itching, as well as a painful rash in some circumstances.

When folds of skin trap moisture, dead skin cells and debris, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.  The inner thigh area is just such an area, especially for those whose thighs are larger.  This accumulation provides the stimulant that causes the itch, which will continue until the stimuli is removed.  A fungal infection called “jock itch” can develop when bacteria takes up residence in the area.



Depending on the reason behind the itchy thighs, treatment can range from simply applying better hygiene methods to using over the counter medications.  When friction is the cause of irritation, it can be helpful to utilize moisturizers to avoid harsh contact.  Loose fitting clothing designed from breathable cotton fabrics is also helpful.  When a bacterial infection develops, an anti-fungal crème should be applied to eliminate the bacteria; preventative measures for keeping the area dry should be adopted.

The occasional itch is to be expected, as our skin is exposed to a number of diverse irritants such as bugs, allergens and more.  When a persistent condition causes itchy thighs, it ends up being not only uncomfortable but embarrassing as well when in situations where you are unable to satisfy the itch.  Knowing the cause of the problem can help to treat the condition and to prevent further episodes.