Answer to the Question
What is Jock Itch?

“The question What is Jock Itch is on mind of many men that experience an uncomfortable itch and rash in the groin and inner thigh. The root cause of the problem is a fungus called tinea cruris, which you may also know by the name ringworm. Interestingly, your body normally plays host to various bacteria and fungi. Some are useful to the body. Others however, grow out of control, and may cause infections. Tinea cruris loves warm, moist locations and may also be triggered by the friction of clothing and sweating in the groin area.”    

Causes of Jock Itch

The causes of jock itch are legion and may include the following:

  • Excessive sweating in groin area
  • Friction from clothing
  • Lichen simplex chronicus
  • Eczema
  • Chemical irritation
  • Pubic lice
  • Ringworm
  • Shaving body hair in the groin location
  • Using body sprays or colognes in the groin area
  • Scabies

What is Jock Itch Video that answers the question and provides helpful treatment advice:


Symptoms


The first signal that you may have jock itch will be the annoying and distracting itch itself. Your symptoms may include the following:

  • A red, itchy area in a skin fold.
  • Spreading rash that looks like bumpy red bites with sharp borders.
  • Borders may have minuscule pimples or pustules.
  • Central area of rash may be red, dry and flaky, featuring small scales.
  • Severe scratching will usually invite a yeast infection which will make the rash even redder and wetter.
  •  Jock itch may involve the tip of the penis, if opportunistic yeast invades.
  • The itch may be in the groin area, skin folds of the thighs and/or the anus.
  • The skin where the rash is will be either abnormally light or dark.
jock itch
Jock Itch on Thigh
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Diagnosis


In order to accurately diagnose what is jock itch on the body, the doctor will need to do a complete exam. It’s not just a matter of looking at the groin area, as there may be other things going on at the same time that are causing the groin itch. Typically, the physician will try a treatment on a trial basis, to see if your rash responds. If it does, all is well. If it does not, a complete medical history needs to be done, along with lab tests.

Lab tests may include taking a close look at the skin under a Wood’s lamp (long wave ultraviolet light), taking skin scrapings to examine under a microscope, fungal cultures and blood sugar levels and a complete blood count. Often rashes have other sources, despite the fact that they “may” look like jock itch.

The doctor will also want to know your HIV status, your sexual history, sports activities, frequency of swimming, travel to foreign locations, medication history (past and current) and a thorough look at all other areas on your body where a rash may originate – under the breasts, armpits, elbows, feet, waist, groin and anus. They will also want to know what, if anything, you have done at home to treat the jock itch.

What is Jock Itch Treatment


There are a number of ways to take care of jock itch and they may include the following natural homeopathic products:

  • Naturasil makes several natural products for Jock Itch heals from the outside and penetrates the skin to treat jock itch.  This includes a topical that penetrates the skin, an anti-fungal soap and a product called Candida clear  that strengthens the body's natural ability to fight infection.

There are also over the counter medications available:

  • Lotrimin AF contains clotrimazole 1%, which fights fungus and can help to prevent infection. Use the cream liberally and make sure to rub it into the skin per the manufacturers directions.  Do not use products that are made for athletes foot.
  • 1% hydrocortisone cream combined with zinc oxide (diaper rash cream) – for non-infected jock itch.

For severe infections, the doctor may prescribe Itraconazole or Fluconazole; drugs you may know as Sporanox and Diflucan. Be cautious of side-effects with these drugs. Bacterial infections will need oral antibiotics, such as erythromycin.

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