Jock Itch

What is Jock Itch?

Extremely Itchy Scrotum, Groin, and Inner Thigh Rash

Jock itch (also known as tinea crurus) is an extremely itchy condition that affects the scrotal/groin area and adjacent skin. It is caused by a fungal infection that thrives in warm, moist environments. The infection appears similar in appearance to ringworm and is often confused with candida, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, and erythrasma. The jock itch rash is most readily identifiable by its scaly, raised red border that spreads from the groin/scrotal area outward and down the inner thighs. In most cases, jock itch does not infect the penis, vulva, or anus, although ring-like patterns may be found on the buttocks area. The condition is very common and effective treatment can be a challenge. At Allegheny Advanced Dermatology Center, we assist patients by providing treatment options that are scientifically based and designed to address the condition at its source.

How Do You Get Jock Itch?

Jock itch is highly contagious and very likely to recur following treatment without ongoing vigilance. It is most often spread to the groin area from an initial infection of tinea pedis on the feet or tinea unguium of the nails. By scratching the groin area or rubbing the groin dry with an infected towel, the fungus easily spreads.

Prevention of Jock Itch

All males should be aware of standard preventive measures to help prevent the contraction of jock itch. If you are recovering from a jock itch infection, you may be more susceptible to future recurrence. There are several important steps that you should take to help avoid this very uncomfortable condition.

  • If Athlete’s Foot Infection (Tinea Pedis) is Present, Treat Immediately. Know the Signs.
  • Never Share Personal Items (Towels, Clothing, Sheets, etc.)
  • Dry the Body From Top to Bottom
  • A SEPARATE Clean Towel Should Be Reserved to Dry the Groin Area (Last)
  • Wear Breathable Clothing (No Synthetics)
  • If Overweight, Lose Weight (Significant Reduction of Chafing and Sweating)

Prompt Jock Itch Treatment

Contact Allegheny Advanced Dermatology Center to schedule an appointment. We diagnose and treat jock itch promptly. Prescription-strength anti-fungal medications and gentle, comfort care can make a significant difference during your recovery. Call: (814) 944-7109.