What Are the Basics of Jock Itch?

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What is jock itch?

Jock itch, also known as tinea cruris, is a type of fungal infections on the skin. It often occurs in warm and moist parts of the body, such as the genital areas, buttocks and inner thighs. People who is overweight or sweat a lot and athletes are at higher risk of developing jock itch.  

What are the symptoms of jock itch?

If you get jock itch, you may experience following symptoms:
  • redness
  • ring-shaped rash
  • persistent itching
  • burning sensation
  • flaking or scaly skin
  • small, raised blisters
  • changes in skin color
If the rashes exist on your skin for more than 2 weeks, you should go and see your doctor.  

What causes jock itch?

Jock itch is caused by a kind of fungus called dermatophytes. The fungus normally lives on the skin and doesn’t cause any problems, but it can multiply fast in moist and warm area. Besides, it can spread through clothing or towels. People in following conditions are more likely to get jock itch, including:
  • Men
  • Overweight
  • Sweat a lot
  • Have diabetes
  • Teenagers and young adults
  • Often wear tight underwear
  • Have a weakened immune system

How to diagnose jock itch?

In order to diagnose jock itch, your doctor may start with asking your symptoms and medical history. Then, he or she may check your affected areas. If your doctor can’t determine, he or she may collect a skin scraping or sample from the affected skin and do a lab testing.  

How to treat jock itch?

Generally, jock itch a mild infection, and you can treat it by applying OTC antifungal medications and keep the affected areas clean and dry. If the OTC medications are not work, you need to see a doctor and he or she may prescribe other drugs for you.  

How to prevent jock itch?

Following tips may help reduce the risk of developing jock itch, including:
  • Keep your genital areas, buttocks and inner thighs dry and clean.
  • Don’t wear tight underwear and change it every day.
  • Keep your clothes dry and clean.
  • Don't share personal items with others.
  • Treat athlete's foot if you have.
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Can this spread from him to me by sleeping in same bed or sex
Yes. It can be transmitted through contact.