May also be called: Jock Itch
The fungus tends to grow and spread in warm, damp areas of the body. It may be triggered by sweating in the groin area or friction caused by tight clothing.
Symptoms include a red rash with raised edges, and itching, redness, or flaking on the groin, upper inner thighs, or anus. Sometimes jock itch occurs at the same time as ringworm or athlete's foot, which are caused by the same fungus.
Jock itch can be spread from one person to another if they share clothing or towels. Jock itch occurs most often in teenage boys and adult men. It is more common in hot, humid weather and in people who play sports or sweat heavily. It's also more likely to affect people who are overweight or have diabetes mellitus.
Jock itch can be uncomfortable, but usually responds to treatment within a couple of weeks. An over-the-counter (OTC) antifungal cream, gel, or powder can be used to treat most cases. Sometimes, a severe infection or jock itch that doesn't respond to OTC treatments might require prescription medication.
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|American Academy of Dermatology Provides up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair, and nails.|
|Skin, Hair, and Nails Our skin protects the network of tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin.|
|Tinea (Ringworm, Jock Itch, Athlete's Foot) Jock itch, athlete's foot, and ringworm are all types of fungal skin infections known collectively as tinea. Most are easily preventable and treatable.|
|Ringworm Ringworm isn't a worm at all - it's the name for a type of fungal skin infection. The good news is that ringworm is easy to treat.|
|A to Z: Tinea Capitis Tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp) is a fungal scalp infection that can be cured with medication.|
|Fungal Infections What do you think of when you hear the word fungus? Do you think of mushrooms? A mushroom is one type of fungus, but fungus is also a type of germ that lives on all of us.|
|Jock Itch Jock itch is a pretty common fungal infection of the groin and upper thighs. It is generally easy to treat - and avoid - by following a few simple steps.|
|Athlete's Foot Anyone can get athlete's foot. Find out how to avoid this itchy skin condition in this article for kids.|
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