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Difference between Ringworm, Jock Itch and Athlete’s Foot

What is the Difference between Ringworm, Jock Itch and Athlete’s Foot?

March 20, 2018
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Skin fungal infections such as ringworm, jock itch and athlete’s foot are a nightmare for every affected person and are differentiated based on the location of their occurrence. Unlike the common myth, ringworm is a reddish skin rash caused by a fungus containing elements like yeast and mold.

Both athlete’s foot and jock itch are types of ringworm, but appear at different locations of the body. While ringworm commonly affects a person around the neck, chest, arms, and legs, jock itch is mostly found in the groin, upper thighs and buttock areas. Athlete’s foot, on the other hand, affects the foot and areas between the toes.

Moist, warm and dark weather conditions are an ideal environment for the growth of fungi which causes these skin fungal infections. Generally, a ringworm has red, raised, ring-shaped sores which can have scaly or fluid-filled areas causing itching, discomfort and pain. It can occur both alone or in groups of three to four and the ‘ring’ may often have a clear center. Contact with an infected human, soil, and animal are some of the most common reasons for the occurrence of this condition.

If you notice a red rash in the groin area which is spreading, it is early sign of suffering from jock itch fungal infection. The infection can lead to a flaky skin causing severe itching and burning sensation. Raised patches with sharp borders, tiny bumps along the border are common symptoms of this infection. Obesity, weakened immune system, wearing tight underwear and excessive sweating are some of the most common reasons for suffering from jock itch fungal infection.

Athlete’s foot is a type of fungal infection which results in a red, cracked skin and causes itching and burning between the toes. If you experience a rash at the bottom of your feet which becomes raw upon scratching, or your feet have an unpleasant odor, there are high chances that you’re infected with this condition. In worst cases, the rash may even have blisters causing severe discomfort.

Regular bathing (especially after a workout session or sweating), keeping your body clean and dry, and following a hygienic daily routine are the best ways to keep yourself free from all types of skin fungal infections.

In case you’re infected with ringworm or any other type of fungal infection, apply the best antifungal creams, ointments to effectively get rid of the condition as well as prevent it from recurring.

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