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A 56-year-old member asked:

can a fungus like athletes foot take root in perineum area? as an avid cyclist/swimmer/runner i think it arises. what to do to get rid of it?

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Dr. Francine Yep
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Jock itch: [although you don't have to be a jock to qualify]. Fungus loves moisture. Change out of damp garments. Dry well. Use powder [not corn starch]. Wear loose clothes which breathe [like cotton]. You can use over-the-counter athlete foot's cream. Boric acid is an old fashioned remedy that works too.
Dr. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Not really.Dry,cream: Fungus is all over your body. When an area of the body stays wet for a long time, it can proliferate. So it is not really spreading...Just popping up in different places. Prevention is key; try to keep the area as dry as possible. Shower immediately after exercise and dry well; use powders to absorb moisture. If the infection takes hold, use topical creams first-line.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
A fungus can: Lie anywhere on the body. Skin is skin. If indeed it is fungus an antifungal should work. The problem you may have is figuring out a way to prevent it from coming back particularly if you feel you are getting it from cycling. Ssee a dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis as that is a difficult anatomical region to self examine.

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A female asked:

My daughter is 14. She has double session tryouts for soccer. That equals 4 1/2 hours of soccer a day. She has horrible blisters on her feet. Her second toe has a blister under her tonail. Her tonail is off colored now. What should we do. She has two more

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Dr. Brandon Macy
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Blisters under: Toenails are quite common in sports participants. If you're able to drain it, apply a topical antibiotic and wrap it in a band aid, that's about the best you can do short term. You might want to check on the size of the soccer boots. If too small, they can be making things worse. Also, i hope the coach/trainer has them wearing running shoes for the pure running workouts.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
She might try wearing two pair of socks on each foot and see if that helps. This was something I was taught back in high school by my coach and it worked for me. ( to prevent the blisters, not treat them.)
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A 44-year-old male asked:

My right ankle is a little pain after running for 30 minutes. Should I stop running for a while?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Maybe...: We suggest rest, ice, elevation, compression and NSAID of choice. You don't necessarily have to stop, but you may need to back off some. If it worsens, you may have to stop and get it checked out.

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