Jock itch usually affects male athletes, but it can happen to anyone. It is a form of ringworm it is a fungal infection on the outer layers of the skin, hair and nails, but it is not a worm. A ring worm is a rash that is red, peeling and has bumps on it that looks like blisters on the top of it.
This rash can be really itchy and it can spread very rapidly, you can get athletes foot and this rash at the same time. Jock itch is cause by fungus and it grows with warm and moist conditions, it can appear on the groin, inner thighs and buttocks.
The rash and athletes foot can occur at the same time because both are caused by fungi and being around swimming pools, showers, wet floors, steamy rooms, wearing sweaty workout clothes all cause this skin condition to occur.
According to WebMd.com the symptoms of jock itch are:
Itching and pain
A rash on the groin, skin folds, inner thighs or buttocks. The rash usually does not appear on the scrotum or the penis.
The rash maybe scaly and looks like it has blisters on it.
The center of the rash may have a red or brown color
When you go to the doctor, he will ask some questions and examine the rash area, then he will scrape a little of the rash off onto to a small glass slide. It can be treated with some anti-fungal creams or powders without a prescription. Here are steps on treating the infection:
Wash the area with soap and water; apply the anti-fungal cream well beyond the infected area.
Make sure you use an anti-fungal cream or powder that has terbinafine, or miconazole. These name brand creams are great, Lamisil, Lotrimin, and Monistat.
In rare cases the ringworm can have a large area of blisters, you can treat this by using Burow’s compress without a prescription it will soothe and dry out the blisters. You can prevent jock itch and athlete’s foot by:
Pulling off your sweaty clothes after a workout
Take a shower to prevent fungus from growing
Keep your jocks clean and do not wear wet clothes for a long period of time this will give the fungus a great opportunity to begin.
Wear shower shoes when using public showers and locker rooms.
If you have athlete’s foot, put your socks on before you put on your underwear, this can prevent the spread of the fungus.
If you keep getting athlete’s foot dry your feet off last after a shower to prevent the infection from spreading to your groin.