Fungal,Bacterial infection in the groin and it’s treatment

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Fungal,Bacterial infection in the groin and it’s treatment : Causes

Those who avoid regular bathing can lead to build up of strong foul smell due to accumulation of dirt,  dead epidermal cells and sweat.  This smell can spread to the towels and used clothes. Sweating in the groin area attracts fungus and bacteria that can lead to foul smell.  This usually occurs due to tight-fitting clothes or wearing synthetic undergarments.

There are some food items that may cause strong body smell.  This includes Asparagus,  garlic,  vinegar,  chilies,  onion,  marinated fish and fermented milk products.

Groin also smells unusually foul after vigorous sexual activity because vigorous sexual activity cause sweating that produces foul smell. If the partners have active yeast or other infection,  the smell could increase.

Medications like antidepressants can also increase body’s likelihood to sweat.  Excessive perspiration can again increase bad odour.

At times,  urine leaking causes urine build up on the undergarments. This can also lead to a smelly groin.

Sweat also accumulates on our thighs and pools between the legs causes itching,  chaffing,  irritation and releasing pungent smell. This causes a disorder known as Bromhidrosis causingfoul smell due to bacterial decomposition of apocrine sweat. This occurs due to breaking down of dried sweat by the bacteria in the underarms,  groin and feet. 

There are more than 2 lakh sweat glands in the feet. Excessive sweating within the socks may cause extreme foul odour inside the feet. Apocrine glands are also found  abundantly around scalp,  underarms,  genitals, areola and nipples of mammary glands.  Concentrated around the parts where there are lots of hair follicles including the groin.

Sweat secreted by these Apocrine glands is thick and yellowish containing higher levels of fatty acids and proteins and reaching the skin surface by way of hair canals. There are higher number of Apocrine glands around the outside of the vagina on the labia majora. When these secretions arrive on the skin surface,  millions of bacteria break them down to leave smelly acids behind causing foul smell. Pubic hair traps these bacteria and moisture from sweat,  producing virtual greenhouse for bacterial growth causing itching and groin sweat odour.

Hidradenitis is the infection of hair follicles and Apocrine glands on the groin,  buttocks,  underarms and under the breasts because the sweat will get clogged and become unable to slough off dead skin cells.

Symptoms of Hidradenitis

  • Severe itching in the groin and underarms
  • Scarring
  • Recurring infection of groin
  • Depression

Treatment

In order to control, sweat reducing foods are recommended like almond,  bananas,  whey,  dairy, watermelon, grapes,  broccoli,  cauliflower,  spinach,  olive,  oats, green tea,  etc.

There should be a combination solution of:

  • Sodium laureth sulfate
  • Coco-glucoside
  • Sodium chloride
  • Lauryl glucoside
  • Glyceryl oleate
  • Sodium benzoate
  • Lactic acid
  • Citric acid
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • PEG-7 esters
  • Olive oil
  • Polyquaternium-67
  • Alpha glucan oligosaccharide
  • Panthenol
  • Tocopheryl acetate
  • Vaccinium Macrocarpon seed oil
  • Bisabolol
  • Tocopherol
  • Hydrogenated Palm glycerine
  • Ascorbyl palmitate
  • Paeonia lactiflora root extract
  • Methyl paraben
  • Glycol distearate

If the solution is prepared with these ingredients and used on the sides of groin or underarms,  it produces a soothing effect. If this is used in the socks producing foul smell then it will be able to get rid of the irritation as well as irritating odour. The groin area will not have the irritation and itching sensation after using it for at least twice a day in a week.

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