Have you ever been infected from jock itch? Now, you may be wondering what it is. Jock itch is a fungal infection of skin. It is usually in the skin of genitals, inner thighs and buttocks. It is also called as tinea cruris. It is caused by mold-like fungi known as dermatophytes. These fungi are typically harmless and live on the skin of hair and nails but they can multiply and cause infection when provided with warm, moist areas. It is mostly common in men and adolescent boys and the infected areas can be red, flaky or scaly.
Symptoms of jock itch are redness in the infected areas, itching in the affected area, burning sensation in the affected part, peeling, flaking or cracking of the affected area skin, a rash which can worsen with exercise or any physical activity, change in the skin color. The parts that are usually affected by jock itch are the groin and inner part of the thighs and it can also spread up to abdomen and buttocks.
Now what about diagnosis? It can also be self diagnosable. You can simply check it by performing physical activity and inspecting the infected area of the skin. However, in some cases, doctor can also take the scraping of skin cells from the area. Now as it is diagnosed, let us treat it. It is self treatable. Any antifungal cream, powder or spray is applied on the affected area. It can also be treated by washing the affected area with soap and warm water. Change clothes and undergarments daily for preventing yourself from this disease.