It’s the itchy feeling you get in your nether region. Red, inflamed skin glares back at you when you investigate the source of the problem. You would recognize it anywhere: Jock Itch. When you realize what it is, two things come to mind.

How did you get it?

How do you get rid of it?

 

What is Jock Itch?

Jock itch, or tineas cruris, goes by many names, but the symptoms always remain the same. So, just what is jock itch? It is a type of skin infection caused by a fungus. When you have jock itch, you have red circular patches with inflamed or elevated edges. It can spread out in a circle, sometimes creating a clearing in the center. You may experience intense itching, burning, flaking of the skin and sometimes the skin even oozes.

 

What Causes Jock Itch?

Warmth, moisture and humidity create the perfect environment for fungus to grow. The fungus is opportunistic. This means that it takes advantage of opportunities to travel or spread. This can include your clothes, athletic gear and undergarments. So, does jock itch only affect jocks?

 

Who Can Get Jock Itch?

Despite its name, jock itch can affect anyone, men or women. But it is more common in men. Although anyone can get it, it’s a common occurrence among athletes. That’s because when you’re working out or playing hard, it’s natural for your body to heat up and sweat. Sweat is our body’s way of cooling us down. But in doing so, it also creates the ideal environment for fungus to grow and thrive.

Now this doesn’t mean that fungus will grow immediately, or even every time you sweat. But the right kind of environment is there. This brings us to the next questions. Once you have it, how the heck do you get rid of it? Also, can you prevent it?

 

How Do You Treat Jock Itch?

So you have jock itch, now what? First, don’t panic. Despite its sometimes frightening appearance, jock itch is easy to treat. One option is to treat it with anti-fungal ointments found at your local pharmacy. Yet, you may want to also touch base with your family physician as well. Depending on the severity of the infection, your doctor may also recommend topical steroids. These are more efficient at getting rid of a severe or stubborn case of the fungus faster. Whichever you try first, don’t wait too long. Waiting allows the fungus more time to grow, thrive and spread.

 

Can I Prevent Jock Itch?

There are several ways to prevent jock itch. Prevention methods can even keep it from worsening while you treat an active infection.

 

  • Avoid restrictive clothing, if possible.
  • Do not wear tight underwear made of other materials, ONLY cotton will do. Change your underwear daily.
  • Keep the area clean and dry.
  • Shower immediately after a workout or athletic activities.
  • Avoid sharing clothes or towels with others.
  • Use anti-fungal powders and sprays when needed.

 

While there is no known natural cure for jock itch, these pointer above are some effective ways to avoid and stop jock itch before it becomes a problem. And also would help you lessen the problem if it is present.

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