Jock Itch - (Symptoms, Causes & Prevention)
Jan 31, 2023
Do you recall that monumentally annoying, uncomfortable and itchy sensation you get after sessions of sweating? Jock itch is that unpleasant and itchy rash that frequently affects athletes and those who sweat a lot. The genital, buttock, and thigh areas are frequently affected by this rash.
What is Jock Itch
Jock itch is caused by a fungus infection. It is a ringworm that prefers warm, moist areas of your body. Tinea cruris is another name for this condition. People who sweat a lot, are overweight, or have eczema on their skin are more likely to develop it.
It's a common problem for male athletes, hence the name. You don't have to be a male or play a sport to get it.
What are the Symptoms of Jock Itch
A reddish patch of skin in the groyne is typically the first sign of a jock itch. It typically spreads in the shape of a half-moon on the upper thigh. The rash may be ring-shaped, with a line of small blisters surrounding it. The skin may become flaky or scaly, and it may burn or itch.
Causes of Jock Itch
Organisms that cause Jock Itch thrive in moist, close environments. Jock itch is caused by a fungus that spreads from person to person or from sharing contaminated towels or clothing. The same fungus is frequently responsible for athlete's foot- an infection that usually begins between the toes, due to sweaty feet confined within tight-fitting shoes. Since the fungus can spread on your hands or a towel, the infection frequently spreads from the feet to the groyne.
Tinea Cruris (aka Jock Itch) Risk Factors
- Jock Itch is more common in men than in women.
- Obese people have more skin folds, which create an ideal environment for fungal infections like jock itch to thrive.
- As a result of excessive sweating, the skin becomes more conducive to fungal development.
- Adolescents are more prone to jock itch.
- Tight fabrics irritate the skin and trap moisture, fostering the growth of fungi.
- People with weakened immune systems are more likely than others to develop fungal infections such as jock itch.
- Diabetes increases the risk of skin infections, including Jock Itch.
How to Prevent Jock Itch
- Maintain a clean and dry environment, particularly after an activity or exercise. Take baths after any activity that causes you to sweat and thoroughly dry yourself to avoid moisture on your skin. Use an Intimate wash that is antifungal and specifically designed for male intimate areas to treat Jock Itch.
- To Prevent Jock Itch, wear clean clothes and organic bamboo or cotton underwear. Change your underwear on a daily basis.
- Avoid sharing clothing, especially towels, with anyone.
- Avoid wearing clothing that is too tight to prevent sweat buildup and to allow your skin to breathe. Instead, wear clothing that is loose and breathable, such as cotton. This allows air to reach your skin, cooling it down and removing any sweat/moisture buildup, preventing jock itch.
- To reduce sweat buildup, apply intimate liquid powder before and/or after exercising.
- Wear shoes when entering public pools or showers to avoid stepping on infected areas.