Groin Fungal Infection Treatment For 6 Months?
I have been experiencing tinea cruris for more than 6 months, I have used ointments and taken medicine but the healing is only temporary.
Hello M Syaifullah,
Tinea cruris is a fungal infection condition in the groin, inner thighs, buttocks, and around the genitals. Symptoms are a red or brown rash with firmer edges and an itching feeling that gets worse when you are damp / sweaty.
To diagnose tinea cruris, the doctor will perform anamnesis, physical examination, and if necessary supporting examinations with a skin scraping test. Furthermore, the patient will be given treatment with antifungal ointment / cream. If there is no improvement, the doctor can provide oral antifungal drugs.
Generally, tinea cruris can improve after 2-4 weeks of treatment. Antifungal ointments should not be stopped before 2 weeks because they can trigger a relapse. If you have used an antifungal ointment for more than 1 month but there has been no improvement, I suggest that you check with a dermatologist so that you can confirm whether there are other conditions that cause tinea cruris to not improve or recur, for example incomplete treatment, sweating a lot , disorders in the immune system, obesity, and frequent changing of toiletries.
The next treatment will be given by the doctor according to your condition. Your doctor may give you an oral antifungal medication along with an antifungal cream that is different from the antifungal cream you used previously.
Meanwhile you can also do the following tips:
Change your underwear often
Do not take turns wearing toiletries or clothes with other people
Try not to scratch the itchy skin
Use clean, dry, loose underwear
Dry the groin area before putting on underwear
Consumption of healthy and nutritious foods so that your immune system increases
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Thank you and hope it helps,
dr. Devika Y