Precaution and cure are two sides of the same coin, which is illness. While one saves you from an illness by staying cautious, the other comes into play when you are suffering from one. Is it any surprise then that most people would choose staying cautious over fighting with a disease?
In the previous two articles of this series, we learnt about ringworm and athlete’s foot in detail to know what causes them, how to spot one, and the easy ways to stay safe from them. In the last article, we’ll talk about the third type of fungal infection – Jock Itch.
What is Jock Itch?
Also known as tinea cruris, jock itch is also caused by mould-like fungi called dermatophytes. These fungi naturally live on the skin, hair and nails. Though typically harmless, the problem arises when they multiply in warm and moist areas, and cause an infection. They develop around the groin, inner thighs, and buttocks.
Commonly found in men and adolescent boys, jock itch causes a rash that can be red, flaky, or scaly, and often itches and burns. The good news is that in most cases applying topical anti-fungal cream, and keeping the affected area clean and dry can bring instant relief.
Symptoms of Jock Itch
Common symptoms to look out for in the affected area are:
- Redness and rashes that may spread to surrounding areas
- Persistent itching
- Burning sensation
- Flaking, peeling, or cracking skin
- Change in skin colour
What causes Jock Itch?
The fungi that cause this skin infection naturally lives on our skin. When we remain in wet or sweaty clothes and shoes for a long time, especially after a workout or any physical activity, the exposure to moisture allows the fungi to grow in number. Once they have overgrown, they cause the infection.
Moreover, it is a contagious skin infection that can spread from one infected person to another, or through wearing unwashed clothing of an infected person. Friction, and skin folds in overweight people are two more reasons that can cause this fungal infection.
Treatment of Jock Itch
Being a mild infection, jock itch can be easily treated using topical anti-fungal creams available over-the-counter. Along with, it is important to keep the area clean by washing it with soap and warm water. Make sure that the area is thoroughly dry. Wear only cotton clothes and undergarments that are washed after every wear.
Few precautions such as keeping your skin clean and dry at all times, wearing only clean clothes that are preferably made from cotton, and keeping a check on the symptoms will ensure that you stay safe from these fungal infections of the skin at all times.