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Groin mycosis: symptoms, treatment and transmission

Mycosis, also called ringworm is a fungal skin infection that is very common in the groin because it is a region that accumulates very easily a lot of heat and moisture. It mainly occurs in men, although it can also occur in women, being frequent in people who play sports, who sweat a lot, are obese or people with uncontrolled diabetes, because these conditions facilitate the proliferation of bacteria in the folds of the skin.

To treat this infection, the general practitioner or dermatologist may indicate an antifungal remedy in ointment form, such as Miconazole, Ketoconazole, Clotrimazole or Terbinafine. However, home treatments are indicated to facilitate recovery and prevent recontamination, such as using talc powder in humid wounds, drying yourself well after bathing, not wearing tight clothing and never staying in wet underwear.

The most common type of ringworm in the groin is Tinea, or Tinea cruris, which causes a reddish or brownish spot that itches and there may be areas of scaling or blisters around the lesion.

Groin mycosis: symptoms, treatment and transmission
Groin mycosis: symptoms, treatment and transmission

Treatment with ointments

The main form of treatment to stop groin mycosis is to use antifungal ointments such as Terbinafine, Miconazole, Imidazole, Clotrimazole, Fluconazole or Ketoconazole, for example.

These medicines can also be bought in the form of a cream, lotion or spray, to facilitate it's application on the affected area according to the needs of each person, and should be used for 3 to 4 weeks or as directed by your doctor.

In addition, there is also the option of antifungal pills such as Ketoconazole, Itraconazole, Fluconazole or Terbinafine, which are only indicated by the doctor in cases of very large lesions or when there is no improvement after the correct use of the ointments for 1 to 4 weeks.

Home treatment options

Home treatments for ringworm do not replace the treatment given by the doctor, they just help to prevent new infections or help to recover more quickly from the infection that in ongoing. These measures are: 

  • Use talc, containing antifungals or not, to help dry the lesions and reduce skin friction;
  • Do not wear tight clothing or that may cause friction in the affected skin;
  • Avoid heat and moisture;
  • Wash the affected area with garlic tea solution several times a day;
  • Make patches with chamomile tea solution, about 3 times a day, if the infection has moisture;
  • Do not stay in wet underwear;
  • Change your clothes daily and whenever you take a shower;
  • Dry yourself well with a towel after your bath, and do not share towels.

In addition, if there are animals in the house, it is important to observe them because if they have ringworm it is important they receive treatment so you can avoid reinfections.

Groin mycosis: symptoms, treatment and transmission

Main symptoms

The symptoms of ringworm in the groin are usually the same symptoms of an infection caused by Tinea cruris, characterized by:

  • Reddish or brownish spots on the groin, and looks like it is peeling;
  • Itchy groin;
  • Appearance of spots at the end of the spot.

If these symptoms are accompanied by intense secretions, wounds or foul smell, it may be mycosis provoked by Candida.

How can you catch mycosis on the groin

Mycosis in the groin usually appears due to the use of tight underwear, excessive sweating, poor personal hygiene, wearing wet underwear for a long time, sharing towels, underwear or sheets, or having sex with an individual that has ringworm. It is also common for a person who has athlete's foot to have ringworm on the groin because he can touch his feet and then the groin without first washing his hands.

The people most likely to develop this infection are those who are obese, as they have deeper folds, athletes, who often come in contact with sweat and moisture, as well as uncontrolled diabetics, who are more likely to develop infections and have greater difficulties in healing.

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