Jock itch causes an itchy, round-shaped rash near the groin area, on the buttocks, and on the inner thighs. Most cases are mild and easily treated, however there are some factors that can make symptoms last longer.
- Friction and sweating – this can be from hot weather, being overweight, tight clothing or working out. When infected skin chafes against nearby skin or clothing the skin can become irritated, making it more susceptible to a worsening infection
- Having poor hygiene habits - using or sharing improperly cleaned, damp towels or clothing, and not keeping skin dry may promote infection. If you touch the infected area even your hands can transmit jock itch, so it can spread from other infected body parts such as your feet if you are suffering from an athlete’s foot infection. So sharing improperly cleaned exercise equipment can also expose you to the fungus
- Using the wrong treatment - spreading an anti-itch cream, such as hydrocortisone, on the infected area won’t treat the infection — it can actually worsen it. This can increase the area of the infection or make the infection worse
- Having a weakened immune system - taking immunosuppressants for autoimmune disorders or having a weakened immune system from medication or conditions like HIV can make it harder for your body to fight off fungal infections
Anything that gives the fungus a
better environment to multiply may trigger jock itch.
Over the counter treatments such as topical antifungal creams, powders or shampoo usually improve symptoms within 2 weeks. If you have not seen any improvement you will likely be prescribed stronger antifungal medication for severe jock itch.
- Wash your hands regularly
- Keep your body clean and dry
- Wash at least once a day using gentle, unscented soap. Bathe more often if you’re active or sweat profusely during the day
- Wear loose fitting clothing
- If you have athlete’s foot don’t use the same towel on your feet and other areas of your body
- Wear loose-fitting underwear made from natural fibres such as DermaSilk Intimo. The DermaSilk fabric allows the skin to breathe, reducing moisture and temperature traps that encourage the growth of yeasts and fungi. In addition, the Microbe Shield finish deters the growth of both bacterial and fungal contaminants