(Monday, 26th Jan, 2015)
Ringworm of the groin
What is ringworm of the groin?
This is a fungal skin infection of the groin. Both men and women can get it, however in men, it can spread to the scrotum. Ringworm of the groin is also known as Tinea cruris or Dermatophytosis inguinalis.
The fungi which cause skin infections are known as dermatophytes. Almost everybody has at least one of the fungi which can cause ringworm of the groin. These fungi feed on our dead skin cells. More often than not, they are harmless.
There will often be a large, scaly, red-brown patch on the groin. In men this can stretch from the groin to the scrotum. The disease is most active at the edges of this patch. The infected area may be itchy or have a burning sensation.
It is more common in men. Because the fungi thrive in warm, moist places, they are often a problem for men who do not practise good personal hygiene.
The best defence is to look after your personal hygiene. Wash properly and regularly. As the fungi like moist places, ensure that you dry yourself properly. Change your clothes daily, especially your underwear!
No. It is relatively easy to cure.
Yes. If the risk factors aren't changed, for example poor personal hygiene is likely to lead to ringworm of the groin recurring.
It can be treated with an antifungal cream, or with tablets. If you notice any of the symptoms mentioned, visit your doctor immediately. The condition is quickly diagnosed and easily cured, therefore you should not put off getting treatment.
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