Everything You Need to Know About Jock Itch

What Kind of Condition is Jock Itch?

Jock itch is a type of fungal infection. The main culprit is the ringworms that like living in warm, moist places on the human body. Therefore, most commonly, this condition is found on people who sweat a lot, suffer from the skin condition called eczema or don’t have a healthy BMI.

It’s most often male athletes, who get it, but that doesn’t mean that women and people who don’t play sports aren’t at risk as well, it’s just that the risk is lower.

What are the Symptoms?

Jock itch usually appears on the groin, inner thighs, or the anus. The main symptoms are itching and burning sensations, then red, scaly, circular rash with raised edges and also when the skin is cracking, flaking or peeling.

What Risk Factors You Need to Know about?

You can get this infection if you do any of the following:

  1. Tend to wear very tight clothes
  2. Remain with sweaty groin area for a prolonged time
  3. Remain with a wet bathing suit for a prolonged time
  4. Share towels or clothing that are damp or sweaty with others
  5. Knowingly or unknowingly come into close contact with a person who has jock itch
  6. Suffer from diabetes or have a chronic problem maintaining a healthy immune system

How Can a Jock Itch Be Diagnosed?

Doctors can diagnose this condition by looking at the skin rash and by explaining their symptoms. In many cases, a doctor may decide to get might a sample of the affected skin and have a technician take a look at what is going on under a microscope.

How Can Jock Itch Be Treated?

If you postpone to take action and treat a jock itch properly, this infection may bother you for months. Luckily, over-the-counter medicines from the antifungal type are able to help one get rid of this in a couple of weeks. These medicines come in the form of creams, powders, and sprays.

Here’s what you can do to prompt a quicker healing process:

  • Maintain good hygiene
  • Do not use one same towel for your whole body
  • Don’t skip any step recommended by the doctor or written on the label of the medicine you are applying

How Can You Prevent a Jock Itch?

Shower on a daily basis and never skip to shower after playing sport. Make sure you always pat your groin area dry. Make sure you do this with a clean towel. You can consult with a doctor and use an antifungal powder as a preventative measure. Never share personal items such as clothes or towels with others. Change your underwear regularly and avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes. Be careful with infections such as athlete’s foot, as this infection can easily spread to the groin and turn into jock itch.

If you have an infection such as athlete’s foot you need to be extra careful cause this shows that you are prone to such conditions. First, make sure that you treat the existing infection properly with a strong antifungal medicine for athlete’s foot. Then, make a point to always use a separate towel to dry your feet, and a separate towel to dry your groin. I cannot overstate how important this is for the prevention of jock itch! And lastly, keep in mind that you should always put on your socks prior to putting on your underwear. This way, you’ll avoid your underwear touching your feet which can then spread fungus onto your groin.