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Jock Itch & Why This Fungal Condition Needs to be Treated Promptly | Amoils.com

 width= Jock Itch is the popular name for a rather less than popular fungal condition that affects the groin and upper thighs, more often than not in guys. While the medical name for jock itch is tinea cruris, it also sports other names such as crotch itch, crotch rot, Dhobie itch, eczema marginatum, gym itch and ringworm of the groin.

Why does jock itch develop?

  • When there is lots of sweating involved such as while playing sports; in hot and humid weather; from friction when wearing tight clothes for extended periods; or even sharing clothes with others.
  • When people have certain health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes mellitus or other diseases that cause problems with the immune system.
Jock Itch only affects the top layer of the skin so it is fairly easy to treat with a topical medication but very importantly if you don’t treat it promptly, jock itch can last for weeks or even months.

Look out for these signs and symptoms

  • A round red raised rash
  • Itching
  • Chafing, burning or red skin in the groin, thigh or anal area
  • Flaking, peeling or cracking skin as the rash starts to subside.

The jock itch rash usually starts on both sides of the groin fold and if left untreated, will advance down the inner thigh.

As the infection worsens, the edge is redder and more raised than the initial rash. It is usually scaly and well demarcated. The longer the infection remains, the more the skin will turn a reddish-brown and lose much of the scale. Jock itch does not affect either the scrotum or penis.

Which types of fungi lead to jock itch?

There are several types of the mold-like fungi called dermatophytes and these are responsible for jock itch. We all have microscopic fungi and bacteria (including dermatophytes) living on the dead tissues of our skin, hair and nails and, of course, thriving in the warm moist areas like the insides of the thighs. When the groin area gets sweaty and isn't dried properly, it provides the perfect environment for the fungi to multiply and thrive.

Follow these treatment tips if jock itch appears

  • Wash thoroughly before drying the affected area using a clean towel. Use a separate, clean towel on the rest of your body — don't use the same towel you used on your groin.

  • Apply an over the counter anti-fungal cream, powder, or spray as directed on the label or if you prefer, a natural and gentle remedy will safely relieve the symptoms of jock itch with no skin irritation.

  • Change your clothes, especially your underwear, every day.

  • Treat other fungal infections, such as nail fungus or athlete's foot.

It's important to continue treatment until all signs of the fungal infection have disappeared, and even longer, to prevent the infection from coming back.

Keep up good hygiene habits to prevent or after a jock itch outbreak

  • Always shower or take a bath every day and especially after playing sports.

  • Always keep the groin area as dry as possible by using a clean towel after showering or swimming.

  • Avoid sharing towels.

  • If you wear any athletic supporters, wash them as often as possible.

  • Always treat any other fungal infection elsewhere on your body to prevent the fungus from spreading to your groin.

Remember to never touch or scratch your groin area after touching another area of your body that has a fungal infection - for example your feet.