What is Jock Itch?
Jock itch is a fungal infection that affects groin, inner thighs and moist area of the body. This infection is shaped like a ring and causes a red and itchy rash. Jack itch is common in athletes and people who are overweight or sweat a lot.
What are the Symptoms?
People with jock itch experience symptoms such as:
- A red rash with slightly raised edges – usually on the groin, skin folds, inner thighs or buttocks
- Irritated and itchy skin in the groin area
- Burning sensation around the affected area
- Flaking or cracked skin
- Scaly, red or brown patches
When to visit a doctor?
See your familydoctor if your rash is painful or if it hasn’t improved after 2-3 weeks of treatment. If your symptoms reappear after 10-15 days, kindly visit your doctor, and he would write you a prescription.
What are the causes and risk factors?
Jock itch is caused by a fungus that spreads through close contact or from sharing towels or clothing. The infection mostly spreads from the feet to the groin and includes various risk factors which are described below:
- If you are a male, teen or young adult
- Wear tight clothing
- Sweat heavily
- Have a weakened immune system
- Have diabetes
How can I prevent it?
Below are some prevention tips you can take to reduce the chances of jock itch:
- Dry your groin area and inner thighs thoroughly with a clean towel after showering or exercising and dry your feet last to avoid spreading athlete’s foot fungus to your genital area.
- If you sweat a lot, change your underwear at least once a day and wash your workout clothes after every use.
- Make sure your clothes fit correctly because tight fitting clothes can rub and chafe your skin and put you at increased risk of jock itch
- Don’t use your clothing, towels or other personal items with someone else. You shouldn’t also borrow such items from others.
- If you spend time in moist public areas, control any athlete’s foot infection to prevent its spread to the groin.
Jock itch is a highly contagious skin infection which shouldn’t be left untreated. And if you are suffering from jock itch or any other skin disease, our primary care physicians at Manhattan Medical Arts, will work closely with you to provide a treatment that works best for you.