Jock Itch Treatment
Skipping the gym won’t keep you from getting jock itch. Jock itch is the term for any rash that occurs in the groin area. While the term “jock itch” may make you think it only affects athletes, the truth is that it can happen to anyone.
Jock itch doesn’t just affect jocks. A common, itchy rash, jock itch is an infection that is caused by a fungus. Typically harmless, these microscopic fungi can multiply quickly in warm, moist areas, causing infections.
Who needs to be treated?
Jock itch symptoms include:
- Flaking, cracking, or peeling skin
- A rash that gets worse with activity
What are risk factors for Jock Itch?
While jock itch is more common in athletes, it can happen to anyone. Risk factors for jock itch include:
- Wearing tight clothes
- Sharing damp towels or sweaty clothing
- Being overweight
- Have close contact with someone who has jock itch
- Have diabetes or a weakened immune system
- Have moisture in your groin area from sweating
What does treatment involve?
Jock itch is easily curable with anti-fungal creams, powders, and sprays. For faster healing, make sure you practice good hygiene. Keep your skin clean and dry, and wash regularly with soap. Remember to use a different towel on the rest of your body. Avoid tight-fitting clothing that can rub or chafe your skin.
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