In response to the enquiry: “Athlete’s foot smell in groin”
The groin area, like the area between the toes, provides a moist environment which is a perfect environment for the growth of tinea fungi including tinea pedis and tinea cruris.
Tinea pedis produces athlete’s foot odor described variably as smelling like decomposing fish. This seems to be characteristic of the tinea family of fungi.
And by the way, fresh fish do not smell fishy. Dead tilapia in the fish department of a Chinese food market will smell fishy but salmon does not smell fishy. Fresh cat fish and fresh cat fish meat do not smell fishy. Fresh shrimp does not smell shrimpy nor fishy, but dead shrimp on display in the fish department of a Chinese food market will start to smell shrimpy if displayed for too long.
In the groin area, the smell produced by the tinea cruris combines with the smell of salty sweat and urine. Genital hair and vaginal hair also collect odor molecules, and the smell of urine concentrates in that area more than the area between the thighs where the tinea fungus is.
If one touches one’s athlete’s foot between the toes and then stick a finger into the nostril, the tinea fungus will stick to the hand and will also be transfered to the nostril. Mucus inside the nostril will dry out after being infected by the foot’s tinea fugus.
The same happens when one touches one’s athlete’s foot between the toes and then touch the groin between the thighs. This transfers the foot’s tinea fungi onto the skin of the inner thighs of the groin area. The moist environment in this area is also perfect for the growth of the tinea family of fungi.
A heavy scrubbing with a rough dishwashing pad and a whole lot of soap will remove the top layer of skin where the tinea fungus resides. It is the scrubbing that removes the fungi and the smell they produce.
If one touches one’s athlete’s foot between the toes and does not immediately wash one’s hands, the tinea fungus will stay on the hands. After a few days, the skin of the palm of the hands will dry up, start to itch, and become cracked. And if one shakes hands with a person with the tinea infected hands, one will immediately catch the fungus and the skin of the hands will start to itch, dry out, and eventually become cracked.
Always wash hands after touching the athlete’s foot infected feet, and always wash hands after shaking hands with anyone with dry pale skin or cracked skin of the palm.