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- Direct contact between people
- Indirect contact (such as sharing towels that are infected with the fungus)
- Perspiring heavily
- Being obese
- Wearing tight clothing
- Wearing dirty clothing, especially underwear or athletic supporters
- Infrequently changing underwear
- Infrequent showering
- Sharing towels or clothing with other people
- Using public showers or locker rooms
- Having an immune system disorder
- Usually red, tan, or brown
- Usually defined clearly at the edges
- Often slightly scaly
|Typical Location of Rash|
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- About your symptoms and medical history
- Do a physical exam
- Clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF)
- Oxiconazole (Oxistat)
- Terbinafine (Lamisil, Lotrimin AT)
- Tolnaftate (Tinactin)
- Ciclopirox (Penlac)
- Haloprogin (Halotex)
- Naftifine (Naftin)
- Butenafine (Lotrimin Ultra)
- Undecylenic acid
- Dry the infected area before dressing.
- Avoid sharing clothing and towels with others.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes that are made out of cotton. Another option is to wear clothes that are designed to wick moisture away from your skin.
- Shower regularly.
- Always shower soon after exercising or perspiring heavily.
- After showering, dry the groin area thoroughly.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing.
- Wear cotton underwear and breathable clothing.
- Avoid wearing clothing that chafes your groin.
- Always wash your clothes (especially underwear, athletic supporters).
- Do not share towels or clothing with others.
- Do not wear wet swimsuits for a long period of time.
- Do not store damp clothing in your locker or gym bag.
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.aafp.org
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
Tinea cruris. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated July 16, 2012. Accessed July 23, 2012.
Tinea infections. Family Doctor.org website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/tinea-infections.html . Updated November 2010. Accessed July 23, 2012.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 03/2013
- Update Date: 11/12/2012