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What does a foul odor near the groin indicate?

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Posted on Tue, 21 Aug 2018
Question: hello doc i have a sour smell in my groin area and balls area

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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (52 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Continue the antifungal, add an anti-bacterial

Detailed Answer:

Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

It is likely due to a fungal infection though some persons have a mixed infection with both fungi and bacteria.

Friction between the skin folds along with moisture and heat, cause inflammation in these areas.

Treatment involves-(1) when at home or whenever possible the folds should be separated by linen or cotton material to reduce friction

(2)lotrimin is fine, it should be used twice daily. Unfortunately fungal infections can take 2 to 3 weeks to completely respond to treatment.
If it is not working for you , there are other options such as miconazole or ketoconazole or econazole

(3)you may want to consider adding an anti bacterial cream as well such as neosporin or fucidin or bactroban. Also twice daily

If there is any itching then 2 to 3 days of a mild steroid cream such as hydrocortisone, would help

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr. Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician

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What does a foul odor near the groin indicate?

Brief Answer: Continue the antifungal, add an anti-bacterial Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice. It is likely due to a fungal infection though some persons have a mixed infection with both fungi and bacteria. Friction between the skin folds along with moisture and heat, cause inflammation in these areas. Treatment involves-(1) when at home or whenever possible the folds should be separated by linen or cotton material to reduce friction (2)lotrimin is fine, it should be used twice daily. Unfortunately fungal infections can take 2 to 3 weeks to completely respond to treatment. If it is not working for you , there are other options such as miconazole or ketoconazole or econazole (3)you may want to consider adding an anti bacterial cream as well such as neosporin or fucidin or bactroban. Also twice daily If there is any itching then 2 to 3 days of a mild steroid cream such as hydrocortisone, would help Hope I have answered your query. Take care Dr. Michelle Gibson James, General & Family Physician