Got a nasty rash on your groin? Chances are high that it’s a jock itch.
A jock itch is one of the most common skin problems in men. It starts off with a small red patch, and before you know it, you’ve got a full-on infestation of fungi in your crotch.
What is a Jock Itch?
A jock itch, or Tinea cruris, is a fungal infection of the skin, particularly in the groin. The condition is characterized by ring-like rashes, typically red or brown in color. The rashes causes a burning and itching sensation, which only gets worse as the condition progresses. The affected area could include your entire crotch, anus, and scrotum. Due to the itch caused by fungi, the skin may also break and be infected by bacteria, which causes a strong, pungent odor in the groin folds.
How to treat jock itch
The infection is relatively easy to treat, and most jock itch infections typically go away on its own, but no one really wants something as uncomfortable as a jock itch to affect their daily lives more than it should. The most common treatment is the use of topical antifungal creams. Topical treatments for jock itch can stop the itch almost immediately, but a complete recovery needs a repeated application of the cream until all of the symptoms are gone.
How to prevent jock itch
Jock itch is common among athletes and obese men. In athletes, the groin folds are often moist with sweat, which provides a suitable environment for fungus to grow. Tight undergarments also increase the risk for jock itch.
The fungus Tinea, or ringworm, is the same type of ringworm that causes Athlete’s foot and barber’s itch. In certain cases, jock itch may be contagious. If you have jock itch, practice good hygiene and do not share undergarments, towels, jock straps, and other intimate apparel.
Jock itch is essentially a manifestation of a poor immune system. If other symptoms manifest together with jock itch, it may be ideal to talk to your doctor to figure out the best treatment course.