Q. I am a 56-year-old man dealing with a recurring yeast infection in my groin. I am probably 10 pounds overweight and blood tests show no signs of diabetes. My dermatologist has prescribed econazole cream, which seems to control but not cure it. I try not to use cortisone creams.
What can I do to prevent this? Shower twice a day? Move to Tucson?
A. You might be surprised by our recommendation. Several readers suggest that applying Listerine to the affected area once or twice a day can make a difference for a yeast infection like this.
Here is one other thing you might try, along with the original-formula Listerine. Some people without diabetes nonetheless find it much easier to control common skin yeast such as seborrheic dermatitis by avoiding foods that make blood sugar (and insulin) rise rapidly. A low-glycemic diet that features lots of vegetables and whole grains instead of processed foods made with flour and sugar is also good for general health.