Jock Itch - Information About Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris)
Jock Itch or Tinea Cruris
Jock Itch (Tinea
What is Jock Itch?
What Causes it?
Tinea Cruris, commonly
known as Jock Itch, is an infection of the groin that causes burning
and itching. The jock itch fungus, tinea cruris is the same fungus
that causes athlete's foot and ringworm. This group of fungi is
called dermatophytes, which are various fungi that cause skin
infections and disease. Jock itch is caused by moisture and heat
confined by tight underwear, athletic supporters, or spandex shorts
(the type worn by professional bicyclists) which causes the fungus
to multiply and spread over the genital area.
Jock itch, while very
uncomfortable, is not considered a chronic disease. Jock itch
is confined to the groin area, producing a rash consisting of
red, semi-circular scaly lesions in the genitals and upper, inner
thighs. The itching is often accompanied by a burning sensation.
Jock Itch can
be prevented. Some of the things you can do:
Jock itch, luckily
is easy to treat. Usage of an over the counter medication applied
to the affected area such as a cream,
or spray is usually effective. Any treatment for jock itch
should contain as an active ingredient such as miconazole, clotrimazole,
Jock itch should clear
up within two weeks. Its is advisable to continue use for two
weeks after the disappearance of symptoms, for a total of four
weeks. However, if the rash does not clear up after the initial
two weeks, see your doctor since it may be another type of dermatophyte.
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- Keep skin dry and
clean. Washing the affected area with antibacterial
soap will help kill the fungus.
- Wear Cotton Underwear
- Change your underwear
at least once a day ( This is a good idea anyway, since you never
know when you might be in an accident and have to go to the emergency
- Use drying powders
and products that reduce sweating. Powders are good for using
during the day, since they absorb moisture.
- Wash body towels
after each use, and do not share your towel with anyone to prevent
the spread of infection.