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Jock's Itch

By Refadoc, Posted on : Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 10:46 am IST

Jock Itch or Tinea Cruris is a fungal infection which tends to affect the skin of the genitals, inner thighs and buttocks. This condition leads to an itchy, red and ring shaped rash around these warm and moist areas of the body. Jock Itch gets its name as it is more common amongst people who sweat excessively such as athletes. However, it is more likely to occur in people who are obese or over weight.

Though this condition can be uncomfortable or bothersome, it is not a serious one. Mostly keeping your groin area clean and dry and applying antifungal medications is known to treat the condition completely.

Causes of Jock's Itch

Jock Itch is caused due to a fungus which spreads from one person to the other while using the same towel or clothing. It is caused by the same fungus which causes athlete’s foot. It’s a common infection which spreads from the feet to the groin as the fungus can easily travel on the hands or on the towel.

The fungal organisms responsible for causing Jock’s Itch can thrive in damp or close environments. You are at a greater risk of contracting jock itch if you:

  •       Wear tight undergarments
  •       Are obese or overweight
  •       Sweat excessively
  •       Suffer from a weakened immune system
  •       Suffer from some other skin conditions 

Symptoms of Jock's Itch

Jock Itch tends to begin with the reddening of the skin and spreads out from the crease of the groin in the shape of a half moon towards the upper thigh. The rashes may contain of a line of small and raised blisters. The rash tends to itch or burn and the skin may turn to flaky or scaly.

It is recommended to visit a doctor if you suffer from a skin rash that does not improve within two weeks by using over the counter medications. Often, prescription medication may be needed in order to treat Jock Itch.

Diagnosis of Jock's Itch

In most cases, the doctors are able to diagnose jock itch by simply looking at the rash. In case the diagnosis is not clear, the doctor can take skin scrapings or sample from the affected area and then view them under the microscope. In order to rule out the possibility of other conditions, the doctor may send the sample to the laboratory for further testing. This test is known as culture test.

Treatment and Drugs for Jock's Itch

If a patient suffers from a mild case of Jock Itch, the doctor may suggest using over the counter medications such as an antifungal ointment, lotion, powder or a spray. If the rashes heal up quickly with these treatments, it is recommended to continue with the application of the medication twice a day for a period of at least 10 days.

In case the patient suffers from a severe case of Jock Itch which does not respond effectively to over the counter medications, prescription strength medications, creams and ointments may be required to treat the same. In certain cases, doctors also prescribe antifungal pills.

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