A skin infection caused by a fungus.

Symptoms of Jock Itch

The following features are indicative of Jock Itch:
  • itching
  • groin rash
  • redness

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Common Causes of Jock Itch

The following are the most common causes of Jock Itch:
  • fungal infection
  • bacterial overgrowth
  • friction from clothes
  • prolonged moistness in the groin area
  • athlete's foot

Risk Factors for Jock Itch

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Jock Itch:
  • being male
  • teen or young adult
  • wear tight underwear
  • overweight
  • sweat
  • weakened the immune system
  • diabetes

Prevention of Jock Itch

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Jock Itch. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • stay dry
  • wear clean clothes
  • don't share personal items
  • treat athlete's foot

Occurrence of Jock Itch

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Jock Itch cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Jock Itch can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Jock Itch can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Jock Itch

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Jock Itch:
  • Skin biopsy: To identify fungus and yeast infection

Doctor for Diagnosis of Jock Itch

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Jock Itch:
  • Dermatologist

Complications of Jock Itch if untreated

Yes, Jock Itch causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Jock Itch is left untreated:
  • cellulitis
  • abscess formation
  • hyperpigmentation

Self-care for Jock Itch

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Jock Itch:
  • Stay dry: Dry off with a clean towel immediately after showering, swimming or perspiring
  • Wear clean clothes: Change the underwear at least once a day or more often if sweat a lot
  • Avoid tight underwear: Wear underwear with high air and moisture permeability fabric
  • Shower after physical activities: Prevent infection

Is Jock Itch Infectious?

Yes, Jock Itch is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • direct skin-to-skin contact
  • contact with unwashed clothing

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This page was last updated on 3/16/2019.
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