A 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?

10 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Francine Yep answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

[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.

Answered Dec 3, 2018


Dr. Lori Wagner answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

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.

Answered Sep 28, 2016


Dr. Jeffrey Kass answered

Specializes in Podiatry

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.

Answered Nov 7, 2012



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