CAUSES – Jock itch is a fungal infection involving the skin of the inner thighs in males. Women’s jock itch (yeast infection) has a different fungus (candidiasis), but the symptoms are the same. Symptoms include an itchy, red, sometimes ring-shaped rash. Jock itch is caused by moisture, warmth, and skin friction in the groin fold, tight, occlusive clothing and undergarments that trap in sweat, and infections caused by fungus and yeast.
TREATMENT – There are two primary causes of jock itch; excess moisture and fungal infections. The treatment depends on the exact cause of the jock itch. Treatment of jock itch associated with skin irritation and excess moisture, you keep the groin area clean and dry. Baby powder is good to use to prevent moisture build up. Treatment of fungal jock itch should include antifungal creams used continuously for a few weeks. Antifungal agents like miconazole and chlotrimazole can be purchased in drugstores without a prescription.
PREVENTION – If you work out, change your clothes as soon as possible once you have finished. Wash workout clothes, underwear, and swimwear after each use. Wear clean cotton underwear. Avoid undergarments with polyesters, nylon, or synthetic fibers.