Jock itch, or tinea cruris, is a form of the ringworm fungi, a fungal infection that affects the outer layers of skin, hair and nails. Affecting men and women, jock itch develops in the groin area, covering the inner thighs and buttocks.
The fungi that causes jock itch thrives in moist and steamy environments, including damp towels, sweaty workout clothes or jerseys, locker room floors and even in skin folds. Though jock itch is uncomfortable, extremely itchy and bright red, it is not life threatening.
Who is at greatest risk for jock itch?
- People who wear tight underwear
- Overweight people
- People who perspire heavily
- People with skin conditions
- People with weakened immune systems
- Athletes who play contact sports such as wrestling
- People who share towels or clothing
- People who wear dirty undergarments, including athletic gear
What are symptoms of jock itch?
Jock itch causes frequent itching, chafing and sometimes painful rashes in and around the groin area. These rashes could include a burning sensation, and may appear:
- Red, tan or brown in color
- Slightly scaly or flaky
- Swollen or blistery along the edges
It is important to note that jock itch does not usually occur on the scrotum, penis or inside the vagina. If you are experiencing a rash, blisters or consistent itchiness in these areas, please consult with a Midwest Express Clinic urgent care as soon as possible.
How is jock itch diagnosed?
The symptoms alone will generally indicate to a medical provider at Midwest Express Clinic whether your condition is jock itch. However, if the medical provider cannot make a diagnosis by viewing the infected area(s), a culture or sample of the rash may be taken for testing.
Jock itch treatment
While over-the-counter creams will typically treat the symptoms of jock itch, we recommend against using athlete’s foot cream, which may be too harsh for the groin area.
To ensure the infection goes away, the medical provider at Midwest Express Clinic urgent care may prescribe an anti-fungal cream, ointment or oral medication. If you are prescribed a medication, it is important to finish the full course to prevent the fungus from returning.
If you are suffering from jock itch or if your rash is beginning to ooze, visit the Midwest Express Clinic nearest to you. Though an appointment is not necessary at our walk-in clinic, we do recommend checking in virtually to save your spot in line prior to arriving at the clinic.