The following skin condition is caused by:
Tinea Cruris is shown in the image.
- Tinea cruris, a pruritic superficial fungal infection of the groin and adjacent skin.
- It is caused by Epidermophyton and Trichophyton .The most common etiologic agents for tinea cruris include Trichophyton rubrum and Epidermophyton floccosum.
- Tinea cruris is a contagious infection transmitted by fomites, such as contaminated towels or hotel bedroom sheets, or by autoinoculation from a reservoir on the hands or feet (tinea manuum, tinea pedis, tinea unguium).
- Tinea cruris is 3 times more common in men than in women.
- It causes itching or a burning sensation in the groin area, thigh skin folds or anus. It may involve the inner thighs and genital areas, as well as extending back to the perineum and perianal areas.
- Tinea is often painful or itchy, but not in every case. There are visual clues to help identify a fungal infection. These include:
- Inflammation of the groin, anal area and upper thigh – not including the genitals
- slightly raised patch
- sharp borders
- expanding or spreading, with clearing in the center
- dry or scaly blisters (occasionally oozing or crusting)
- abnormally dark or light skin
- skin redness or inflammation
- Fungal infections often spread out in a circle, leaving normal-looking skin in the middle.
- At the leading edge of the infection the skin is raised, red and scaly.
- To achieve the best results, particularly with follicular or extensive tinea cruris,a combination of topical and systemic therapy is recommended.
- The two classes of antifungal medications used most commonly to treat tinea cruris are the azoles and the allylamines(Terbinafine).
- Recurrence of tinea cruris is common; therefore, it is of utmost importance to treat concurrent fungal infections and to keep the groin region dry to prevent recurrence of tinea cruris. Advise patients to dry the area after bathing, using a towel or a hair dryer.
- Advise patients with tinea cruris to avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing to prevent moisture build-up.