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.
causes ringworm of the groin?
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.
are the symptoms of ringworm of the groin?
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.
ringworm of the groin more common in men or women?
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.
I do anything to prevent ringworm of the groin?
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!
ringworm of the groin difficult to get rid of?
No. It is relatively easy to cure.
ringworm of the groin recur?
Yes. If the risk factors aren't changed, for example
poor personal hygiene is likely to lead to ringworm of the groin recurring.
is it treated?
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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