Tinea cruris - Jock Itch
Tinea cruris is a common fungal infection. It causes a itch,
red, perhaps ring-shaped rash to appear in warm areas.
Those prone to getting jock itch are those who are
overweight, and who sweat a lot. The name "Jock Itch" seemed
appropriate because the term Jocks is commonly used to describe
guys who are really into sports. Those who participate in
sports often are sweaty and prone to jock itch.
Jock itch usually is not serious, except for individuals who
have weakened immune systems. It is important to keep your
groin area clean and dry and to apply topical antifungal
medications if you suspect that you have Jock itch.
It is also very important to prevent the spread of this
infection to others by the sharing of towels, sports equipment
If you have jock itch you may notice itching and redness in
your groin area, including your genitals, inner thighs or your
buttocks and anal area. You may experience burning, flaking,
peeling or cracking of skin of the groin area. Cause: Little
dermatophytes or fungal parasites.
These organisms, love the damp, close environments that are
warm and damp. When the body sweats it washes away fungus
fighting good bacteria and leaves the area open to fungus
and yeast infections.
Those individuals who have HIV/AIDS, or have other immune
system impairment are prone to these infections. Individuals
who suffer from dermatitis are more prone to have jock
It is time to see the doctor if the rash does not clear up
in two weeks. A doctor can usually identify the rash as jock
itch by appearance alone; a scraping is sometimes conducted to
take an "example" to be tested.
Those with diabetes and HIV/AIDS need to be careful and to
ask the doctor if the rash is persistent There are
types of antifungal medications that work for jock itch.
Azoles and allylamines. Over the counter meds are used for
comfort, because they are less expensive and are readily