Known in Latin as tinea cruris, jock itch is a fungal infection that infects and appears on the genitals, inside of the thighs as well as the buttocks area. The fungus thrives in moist, warm areas of the body, creating an itchy rash that is usually ring-shaped. Here is a closer look at everything you need to know about jock itch.
Jock itch can be identified by the half-moon pattern it takes when it spreads from the groin area outward to the thighs. The rash is often very itchy and slightly painful. It can also burn and flake.
There are effective over-the-counter treatments available for jock itch. Make sure that you treat the symptoms of jock itch to avoid scratching, which can lead to infection.
Jock itch gets its name because it shows up most often in people who sweat a lot like athletes. It is also more common in people who are overweight or obese as the fungus thrives between the rolls of fat. Jock itch is easily spread in locker rooms if athletes share items like towels or clothes.
Jock itch is many times the result of the identical fungus that causes athlete’s foot. This makes it easy to spread jock itch to the feet and athlete’s foot to the crotch. The fungus can be transmitted from one area of the body to another instantly via contaminated towels, clothing or person-to-person contact.
If you are a man or young adult, you are at higher risk of developing jock itch. Wearing tight underwear is another risk factor. Being prone to sweating raises the risk as well. Also, being overweight increases the chances of developing jock itch. People with compromised immune systems are also at greater risk for developing jock itch.
If you believe you are suffering from jock itch, do not delay in seeking proper help from a physician. It is important to note that jock itch can go away for a while only to come back again a few weeks later. If you have persistent jock itch, contact our office and consult with Dr. Nakhla to properly diagnose and treat your condition.