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Itch

Alternative Names

   Fungal infection - groin; Infection - fungal - groin; in the groin; Ringworm - groin; Tinea cruris; Tinea of the groin

Definition

Jock itch, also called tinea cruris or ringworm of the groin, is an infection of the groin area caused by fungus

Causes

The body normally hosts a variety of bacteria and fungi. Some of these are useful to the body. Others can multiply rapidly and form infections. Jock itch occurs when a particular type of fungus grows and multiplies in the groin area. Jock itch can be triggered by friction from clothes and prolonged wetness in the groin area (such as from sweating)

Symptoms

  • Itching in groin, thigh skin folds, or anus
  • Red, raised, scaly patches that may blister and ooze -- The patches often have sharply-defined edges and are often redder around the outside with normal skin tone in the center
  • Abnormally dark or light skin

Treatment

Jock itch usually responds to self-care within a couple of weeks:

  • Keep the skin clean and dry.
  • Don't wear clothing that rubs and irritates the area.
  • Apply topical over-the-counter antifungal or drying powders, such as those that contain miconazole, clotrimazole, or tolnaftate.