What is Inguinal Ringworm?

Tinea cruris: also known as inguinal ringworm. Image for jock itch Many men will suffer the pain and discomfort of jock itch at some point in their lives. The itchy feeling in the groin can be painful enough to wake you up at night. The good news? Ringworm can usually be treated without great cost and from home, and some basic preventive maintenance can keep it from coming back.

One day he is completely free of pain and the next he feels irritation in his groin, a certain redness or, perhaps, a little scaly. He does not pay attention, he tells himself that it is a rash or a slight discomfort. Before he realizes it, he has called the dermatologist to beg him to prescribe something for the burning sensation between his thighs.

What causes Inguinal Ringworm?

It is caused by a fungus. The warm and humid zones are the best environments for the proliferation of fungi. You may have more risk of getting ringworm if you wear dirty, damp or wet clothing; if you share towels that are infected with the fungus; if it perspires a lot; or if you wear tight clothes.

First, make sure you get the correct diagnosis. Inguinal ringworm is characterized by red skin and discernible boundaries between the part of the thigh that is affected and the part that is not. It almost never involves the scrotum or the penis. However, other conditions can mimic jock itch and its symptoms.

Symptoms of Inguinal Ringworm

One of them is called intertrigo, an irritation of the skin that is generated when the folds of the body rub against each other. It gets worse when it is heated and perspired. Symptoms include redness and peeling. Another condition is a form of seborrhea that is related to dandruff and is characterized by dry and cracked skin. Erythrasma (a bacterial infection) and psoriasis are other common conditions that can simulate inguinal ringworm.

If you notice some redness in your groin, do not wait for it to get worse. It is much easier to deal with in the early stages of ringworm. Most forms of inguinal ringworm respond to over-the-counter products. Some common over-the-counter medications are miconazole, tolnaftate, terbinafine, and clotrimazole. Be sure to buy a specific product for ringworm. The medications against athlete’s foot, another fungal infection, may be too strong.

How to treat it?

The drugs are sold as lotions, sprays, powders and creams. Be sure to carefully follow the instructions for using the medication. Mycosis can return if not treated with attention.

You can try apple cider vinegar for ringworm as well. We have tested it various times on different patients on ringworm and it worked very well in most of cases. You can try it as well.

Keep feet dry and clean. This prevents fungi from reproducing. Dry the area thoroughly after bathing and dry your feet after the groin. Some believe that inguinal tinea fungi can be passed from the feet to the groin through clothing or a towel, especially if you bathe in public places.

Since poorly laundered towels can carry the fungus, only use clean towels. Also, wear cotton underwear as it breathes. And, if you prefer underpants, consider using boxers. These increase the flow of air to the groin and promote drying.

If none of the above works, consult a doctor. The good news is that doctors can treat even the most chronic cases. Treatment may involve prescription medications that sometimes include oral antifungals.