Jock itch (so named because it’s most common in people who sweat a lot, like athletes) is a fungal skin infection that affects your groin area. It’s caused by a family of fungi called dermatophytes, the same family that causes athlete’s foot. Although it can be uncomfortable and annoying, you can effectively treat the source of the infection and relieve your symptoms with an anti-fungal medication.
Most people experience symptoms such as:
- A red rash with raised edges – usually on the groin, skin folds, inner thighs or buttocks
- Irritated and persistently itchy skin in the groin area
- Burning sensation around the affected area
- Flaking or cracked skin
- Scaly, red or brown patches
Ladies and gentlemen
While jock itch is more common in men, it can also affect women.
When should you see your doctor?
You should see your doctor if your rash or symptoms above do not improve within two weeks, or if you treat it with an anti-fungal treatment and it returns within a few weeks.