What is Jock Itch?

Jock itch (tinea cruris), is a fungal infection of the skin in the groin that causes a scaly, red-brown patch accompanied by an itching, burning sensation. It is caused by the same fungus that causes athlete's foot.

Who gets jock itch?

Anyone can get jock itch although it is more common in men. The fungus grows in a warm, moist environment so activities that enhance this type of environment may lead to the infection, for example wearing sweaty or wet clothing for prolonged periods in the summer.

How does it occur?

Various factors can cause jock itch including:

1

Warmth, moisture and friction between skin folds

 

2

If you have another fungal infection such as athlete's foot, the infection may spread to the groin area via clothing or contact.

 

3

Wearing tight clothes which can increase sweating may aggravate the problem.