Tinea cruris (jock itch) grows in hot, humid areas. The disease can develop because of excessive sweating in the groin area. We all have microscopic fungi that live off of the dead tissues of our body.
The fungus may be transferred through skin to skin contact and from clothing to clothing. Jock itch can affect anyone who sweats a lot and has skin rubbing against skin or perhaps a swimsuit against skin.
The condition may develop in the obese. Skin folds rub together and create friction which may develop into jock itch. Women may develop jock itch beneath the breasts due to friction.
Healthy people can develop jock itch. Jock itch tends to be more common in males. If you have jock itch it is also a good idea to check your feet since there is a high possibility that you will have a rash on your feet as well.
The Signs and Symptoms That May Develop
- A symptom is an itchy burning rash in the groin, anal or thigh area.
- A sign is a red, dry, peeling skin, usually bilateral in the groin area.
- Sometimes blisters may develop.
- Jock itch usually remains in the groin region and thigh area.
- Jock itch usually does not affect the penis or scrotum although it can.
- The fungus usually only affects the epidermis which is the top layer of the skin.
Ways to Prevent Jock Itch
- It is usually treated with topical antifungal applications.
- Make sure the area of the skin affected is kept clean and dry.
- Wear loose clothing such as boxer underwear.
- Avoid wearing synthetic fibres that can irritate the skin.
- Wash gym clothes and swimsuit daily after exercise.
- When doing laundry do not use strong detergents and fabric softeners that may cause irritation to the skin.
- The athletes foot home remedy treatments may be applied to tinea crucis.
- A gentle antibacterial soap can be used to clean the infected area.
People with Tinea Pedis (athletes foot) may be more susceptible to Jock Itch.The obese and people with diabetes are at high risk for jock itch.
Deep scratching can lead to secondary skin infections where bacteria can enter. In some cases Jock Itch can heal on its own. If your Jock Itch is not healing after trying over the counter medications it may be time to consult your doctor, you may require a course of antibiotics.