Groin Fungal Infection-Treatment

When jock's itch is suspected, the physician may take skin scrapings and look at them under a microscope. If a fungus is present, it will be obvious.

Once the fungus is identified, the treatment consists of

- keeping the groin clean and dry

- frequently changing undergarments

- avoid wearing tight underclothes or restrictive clothing

- wash the skin well and dry with a clean towel

- avoid sharing personal hygiene products with others

These precautions may help reduce the symptoms of jock's itch. If the itch still continues, one may obtain topical medications. These medications come as powders, ointments and creams. They should be applied twice a day. The most common topical medications used to treat jock's itch are:

- Terbinafine (Lamisil)

- Miconazole (Micatin, Monistat-Derm)

- Clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex)

The majority of individuals do respond to topical medications. The ointments should be applied for at least 2-3 weeks. Further, medicated antifungal powder should also be used to complement the therapy.

In severe cases of jock's itch, oral medications may be required. The medications include:

- Itraconazole (Sporanox)

- Fluconazole (Diflucan)

- Terbinafine (Lamisil)

The most common side effects of oral anti fungal medications include:

- headache

- nausea

- abdominal discomfort

- diarrhea

- dizziness

- allergic reactions

- elevation of liver enzymes

The most important measures are to keep the groin area clean, dry and avoid sexual intercourse until the infection is cured. Even wearing a condom does not prevent transmission of a jock's itch.

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