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Jock Itch

It’s uncomfortable in more than one way – learn more about jock itch.

Jock itch (tinea cruris) is a type of fungal infection that affects the groin, thighs, buttocks and lower parts of the abdomen. It is caused by dermatophytes, a group of fungi that thrive in moist and hot environments like wet or tight-fitting clothing.1 You can catch it through contact with contaminated towels or clothing, and can transfer fungi from other affected areas of your skin through scratching.

Jock itch symptoms

You might be suffering from jock itch if you notice:

  • A red rash with raised edges – usually on the groin, skin folds, inner thighs or buttocks
  • Irritation, or continuously itchy skin in the groin area
  • Burning sensation around the affected area
  • Flaking or cracked skin
  • Scaly, red or brown patches 2

See your doctor if:

  • If your symptoms do not improve after treatment
  • If symptoms return within a few week 3
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Understanding Jock itch

Dermatophytes are a type of fungi which can cause jock itch as well as a variety of other skin conditions. They spread easily from affected areas, which is why you should treat any fungal infections as early as possible.4

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Jock itch treatment

Start treatment early to get rid of jock itch fast

Treatment alleviates symptoms of a fungal infection, which include itchiness and pain.5

Antifungal medication effectively treats jock itch.

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Preventing Jock itch

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Wear loose-fitting clothing during training and avoid synthetic fabrics.6

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Ensure proper hygiene and keep your groin area dry, especially after washing or exercising.7

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Choose to wear only cotton underwear, and change it daily.8

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Change your towels regularly and avoid using towels that are provided in communal areas.9

Facts about jock itch

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It often starts on your feet - jock itch is a fungal infection caused by the same fungi responsible for athlete's foot.10

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If you are male you are far more likely to be affected by jock itch.11

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Avoid the itch! Check our prevention tips to protect yourself and others from contagious fungal infections like jock itch.


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  8. What to do, in: Tinea Pedis, Tinea Cruris, Tinea Corporis , in: Buttaravoli, P., Minor Emergencies, 2012, Elsevier Saunders, p. 736
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  10. Tinea Cruris, in: Hainer, B.L., Dermatophyte Infections, in: American Family Physician 2003, vol. 67, Number 1, p. 106
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