- 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
- Contact sports such as wrestling
- Having an immune system disorder
- Usually red, tan, or brown
- Usually defined clearly at the edges
- Often slightly scaly
- May be swollen or have blisters
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- 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 and 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.
- Avoid contact with persons with the infection.
- Treat the foot or toenail infection with proper medications (talk to your doctor first)
- Use a separate towel to dry your feet
- Put your socks on or cover your feet before putting on underwear or pants
- Avoid touching your feet, then your groin, when washing or getting dressed
- Wash your hands after touching your feet and/or groin
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://www.familydoctor.org
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
Tinea cruris. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated December 3, 2014. Accessed January 12, 2015.
Tinea infections. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/tinea-infections.html. Updated April 2014. Accessed January 12, 2015.
- Reviewer: David L Horn, MD, FACP
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 01/13/2014 -
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