Jock Itch: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Summary:

What is Jock Itch and how they can affect me? Know about the symptoms, treatment and causes of Jock Itch to seek the right medication at the time.

Jock Itch: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Jock Itches are the rashes and red patches occurring in the groin area due to fungal infection. They have higher rate to be developed in men and teenage boys than woman. They are harmless, but can grow quickly to maximize infections in moist areas. Also known as Tinea cruris, it is self-diagnosable in most of the cases by applying a topical ointment.

Symptoms of Jock Itch:

Jock itch usually occurs in the groin area in a form of redness and rashes (usually in a half-moon shape).  You can notice the raised blisters and rashes over there which cause burns and itching. The common symptoms of Jock Itch are:

  • Redness
  • Itching and Burning Sensation
  • Flaking and Cracking of Skin
  • Changes in Skin Color
  • Tiny “Pimples” like Bumps Over Rashes

 

Causes of Jock Itch:

People suffering from diabetes or having weak immune systems can develop rashes if they take broad spectrum antibiotics.

  • Wearing tight clothes which trap the moisture.
  • Coming into contact with infected objects with fungus.
  • Growing of fungus or yeast in the groin area.

 

Who Can Develop Jock Itch?

They are common in men and teenage boys than in women. Besides, being overweight, heavy sweating and wearing tight underwear can cause Jock Itch.

When to See the Doctor?

Though it can cure at home, you must rush immediately to your physician if you haven’t notice any improve in a week or two. These are the symptoms prompting you for clinical aids like:

  • Spreading or Enlargement.
  • Uncomfortable with Intense Itching
  • Occurrence of Lumps and Swelling
  • Coming Back Frequently
  • You must visit your doctor if they completely don’t go away in spite of the treatment.

How Jock Itches are Treated?

The treatment for Jock Itch depends upon the appearance of the affected part of the skin along with other factors like humidity, friction and severity of infection. Generally, they are treated without test, however in some cases, a biopsy can be done or KOH exam can be performed to check yeast or fungus level. He can prescribe the antifungal medications which may be cream, gel, spray or a powder.

How Jock Itches Can Be Treated at Home?

For mild symptoms, you can use OTC topical creams containing hydrocortisone and zinc oxide for some days.  You can also apply antifungal creams to the affected parts of the body. The other form of medication for Jock Itches includes tolnaftate, clotrimazole, and miconazole. However, you must not rely on these medications if the symptoms get worse or they persist.

 

Precautions for Jock Itches:

  • Keep clean the affected area before applying the medications
  • Wear comfortable and loose fitting garments/underwear
  • Follow the clinical guidelines to use the medications
  • Stop using deodorant soaps for a while
  • Wash your workout wears, and towels after use
  • If you’re prone to Jock Itch, you must use dry powders after taking bath
  • Those suffering from athlete’s foot must wear their socks first before wearing underwear so that the feet fungus doesn’t travel to your groin areas.
  • Never share your towels with others as Jock Itch can transmit through virus.

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