Jock itch treatment may involve the use of over-the-counter antifungal jock itch cream, spray, ointment or powder.
Jock itch also known as tinea cruris is a fungal infection affecting the skin of your buttocks, genitals and inner thighs. This infection causes a red, itchy, and often ring-shaped rash in the warm and moist areas of your body.
Jock itch is common in people who sweat a lot. Just as athletes, it is also occurs more in people who are overweight.
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Jock Itch Causes
Causes of jock itch are by a type of fungus that is spread from person to person. Or from a shared use of infected clothing or towels. Jock itch is often as a result of the same fungus that causes athlete’s foot. It’s also common for the infection to travel from the feet to the groin. This is as the fungus can move on your hands or on a towel.
Symptoms Of Jock Itch
The symptoms often start with a reddened area of skin. This spreads out from the folds in the groin in a half-moon shape onto the upper thigh. The area around the rash may consist of a line of raised blisters. This rash often burns or itches. And also, the skin may be scaly or flaky.
When To Visit A Doctor
Visit your doctor when you have a rash on your skin that doesn’t improve within two weeks. 0r if you treat the rash with over-the-counter drugs and it returns within a few weeks. You may need prescription drug.
Risk Factors Of Jock Itch
The organisms causing jock itch grows in damp and close environments. You’re at greater risk of jock itch if:
- You are a teen
- If you are a man
- You are a young adult
- If you wear tight underwear
- If you have diabetes
- You are overweight (obesity)
- When you have a weak immune system
- You sweat heavily
In many cases, your doctor can diagnose jock itch by looking at the rash. If the diagnosis is unclear, your doctor may take skin scrapings from the infected area and view them with the aid of a microscope. To rule out other conditions, your doctor might send a sample of the rash to a lab. This test is known as a culture.
Jock Itch Treatment
If the jock itch is mild, jock itch treatment is done using an over-the-counter antifungal jock itch cream, ointment, spray or powder.
The rash may clear up fast with these treatments. But keep using the drug as directed for one to two weeks.
If you also have athlete’s foot, also treat it at the same time you are treating your jock itch. This helps to reduce the risk of recurrence.
If the infection is severe or if it doesn’t respond to over-the-counter drugs, a prescription-strength jock itch creams or ointments may be needed or even antifungal pills.
Jock itch can also be treated at home effectively. Try the following remedies to get rid of jock itch.
- Apply an over-the-counter antifungal jock itch cream, or spray to the affected part.
- Using an over-the-counter anti-itch cream like hydrocortisone (steroid cream) will only make the itch worse.
- Clean the area affected with soap and warm water.
- Pat dry the area thoroughly after bathing and exercise.
- Change undergarments every day.
- Put on loose cotton clothing.
- Treat other fungal infections like athlete’s foot.