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Jock itch is an infection of the groin area caused by fungus. The medical term is tinea cruris, or ringworm of the groin.
Fungal infection - groin; Infection - fungal - groin; Itching in the groin; Ringworm - groin; Tinea cruris; Tinea of the groin
Jock itch occurs when a type of fungus grows and spreads in the groin area.
Jock itch occurs mostly in adult men and teenage boys. Some persons who have this infection also have athlete's foot and ringworm.The fungus that causes jock itch thrives in warm, moist areas.
Jock itch can be triggered by friction from clothes and prolonged wetness in the groin area, such as from sweating.
Jock itch can be passed from one person to the next by direct skin-to-skin contact or contact with unwashed clothing.
Jock itch usually stays around the creases of the upper thigh and does not involve the scrotum or penis. Jock itch may spread to the anus, causing anal itching and discomfort. Symptoms include:
Your health care provider can usually diagnose jock itch based on how your skin looks.
Tests are usually not necessary. If tests are needed, they may include:
Jock itch usually responds to self-care within a couple of weeks:
You may need treatment by a health care provider if your infection lasts longer than 2 weeks, is severe, or frequently returns. The health care provider may prescribe:
If you tend to get jock itch, continue to apply antifungal or drying powders after bathing, even when you do not have jock itch.
Jock itch usually responds promptly to treatment. It is often less severe than other tinea infections, such as athlete's foot, but may last a long time.
Other causes of itching in the groin include:
Call your doctor if jock itch does not respond to home care after 2 weeks or you have other symptoms.
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