Jock Itch- tinea cruris

A fungal infection of the skin commonly found in the upper thighs, groin, buttocks or genital/anal regions of skin. Usually begins in the folds of the skin in active, athletic individuals due to frequent sweating. Caused by the same fungus that causes “athlete’s foot” and can be spread by clothing, towels or hands from scratching.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Red itchy rash or bumps in folds of the skin
  • Rash may appear circular or have small blisters
  • Itching or burning of the skin
  • Scaling or flaking of the skin

Treatment:

  • Over the counter topical creams, lotions and powders are available to relieve symptoms. Use as directed and it often can take 1-2 weeks of treatment to get desired results.
  • Prescription medications are available from a healthcare provider
  • Keep skin cool and dry
  • Avoid scratching that may lead to further infection of the skin or spreading

Prevention:

  • Avoid skin contact with infected person.
  • Refrain from sharing contaminated towels or clothing with an infected person.
  • Keep skin folds clean and dry. If you are overweight, it is helpful to use a hair dryer on the cool setting to dry skin folds.
  • Keep clothes clean and dry. Change clothes frequently if you sweat a lot.
  • Avoid tight fitting clothes and tight underwear.

 

Follow up with a provider if over the counter medications are not working or if your fungal infection seems to be getting worse.