Jock itch (Tinea Cruris) is a complication of the Athlete’s foot when the fungus spread to the genitals, inner thigh, and buttocks areas. Jock itch can also occur as a separate disease from Athlete’s foot.
Tinea is a type of fungus that thrives in warm moist areas of the body and causes severe itching, redness, and soreness of the skin.
Who can get jock itch?
Jock itch is common in men and teenage boys, although it can affect women also.
Can jock itch be transmitted?
Jock itch can be passed from person to person through direct skin-to-skin contact or contact with unwashed infected clothes. That’s is to say women can likewise get it, also. So it is better to treat jock itch to avoid spreading it to your partner.
What are the symptoms of Jock Itch?
Here are the signs and symptoms of Jock Itch:
- A ring-shaped itchy rash that is red and raised
- Burning sensation in the inner thigh and groin region
- Peeling of the skin of the inner thigh
- Persistent itching of the affected area
- Changes in the skin color
Risk Factors of Jock Itch include:
- Wearing thigh clothing
- Hot weather, for instance, summer
- Excessive sweating between the thigh
- Obesity (excess skin and fat between the thigh).
- Sharing towels and clothing items with others
How is jock itch diagnosed?
Diagnosis of jock itch is made with the physical location of the rash, the complaints of itching, and the history of the Athlete’s foot. Microscopic visualization of skin scrapings from the thigh region is enough to confirm the diagnosis.
How do you get rid of Jock Itch?
The treatment and management of Jock Itch include:
- Wash affected area with soap and water, then dry skin and apply antifungal cream and powder to keep the areas clean and dry.
- Can rubbing alcohol cure jock itch? Yes, you can apply rubbing alcohol directly to the affected feet. Besides, the alcohol will also help keep the skin area dry.
- Wear clean clothing items daily
- Keep undergarments (panties and boxers) clean
- Oral antifungal medications
Go to a physician if self-care doesn’t work or if the Jock Itch keeps coming back. Your physician will prescripted you strong antifungal medications and antibiotics that will eliminate the infection.