Jock itch is a fungal infection of the groin, also known as tinea cruris. It is a common skin disorder that occurs almost exclusively in men. It is usually found in the genital area, but can affect the inner thighs and anal area. Symptoms include scaling, blistering, ringlike marks on the skin, persistant itching and irritation.
Jock itch infections are contagious and can be passed from direct contact or contact with items such as clothing. the tiny fungi involved in tinea infections thrive in warm, dark, moist areas. The fungus can be transferred from the feet to the groin. This can occur simply by putting on underwear while barefoot. Jock itch can be aggravated by chafing caused by rough textured clothing.
To prevent jock itch, wear clothes that breathe well and stay clean and dry. Wear loose cotton and avoid synthetic fabrics. Never use anyone else’s clothes or towels. Be sure to wash clothes after working out instead of storing them in a locker and wearing them again. Put on socks before your underwear when getting dressed. Avoid rough textured clothing. When bathing make sure that you rinse soap completely off your skin, as its alkaline (opposite of acidic) consistency can encourage the growth of fungus. Talcum powder can help to reduce wetness and chafing.
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