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Jock Itch

What is Jock Itch? Jock Itch is the common name for a condition called Tinea Cruris.  It is a fungal infection of the skin in the groin area and the surrounding areas of the skin. How do you get Jock Itch? Tinea Cruris (Jock Itch) is a contagious condition that can be transmitted by fomites (inanimate objects), such as towels or sheets, or by autoinoculation (for example, spreading foot fungus to the groin area.)  Tinea thrives in conditions such as tight clothing or wet bathing suits.  Some medical conditions, such as diabetes mellitus or obesity, can predispose a person to having tinea cruris, though anyone can get tinea cruris. What does Jock Itch look like? Tinea Cruris (Jock Itch) usually presents as sharply demarcated red, scaly patches.  There is often central clearing, meaning that the center of the lesions may appear closer to the regular skin color. How is Jock Itch treated? Tinea Cruris (Jock Itch) is typically treated with topical antifungal creams.  Examples of these creams include Nizoral (ketoconazole), Loprox (ciclopirox) and Naftin (naftifine.)  They are typically applied to the affected area twice daily, though this may vary.  Recurrent or extensive cases of tinea cruris may be treated with oral antifungal medications, such as Diflucan (fluconazole) or Sporanox (itraconazole.)  It is important that all fungal infections be treated concomitantly, so that the patient doesn’t re-infect themself after one area is treated.  For example, jock itch should be treated at the same time at foot fungus; if foot fungus is left untreated, the patient can spread their foot fungus to other areas of the body and the jock itch will quickly return. Is Jock Itch contagious? Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris) is contagious.  It should be treated promptly, as it can be spread both to others and to other parts of your own body.  Tinea pedis (athlete’s foot) and Tinea Cruris (jock itch) often occur at the same time; approximately one half of patients with Tinea Cruris (jock itch) also have tinea pedis (athlete’s foot.)  Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris) can be spread to others by skin-to-skin contact and through sharing unwashed clothing or towels. What should you do if you think you have Jock Itch? If you think you have Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris), you should avoid tight fitting clothing and attempt to keep the area very dry.  It is best to see your dermatologist to be evaluated and receive a prescription antifungal treatment.

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