Jock Itch

Jock Itch

Is this your symptom?

  • Slowly spreading pink-red rash on inner thigh near genital area
  • Rash is most often symmetrical (looks the same on both inner thighs)
  • Rash is itchy and not painful
  • In men, it does not involve penis or scrotum
  • In women, it does not involve vulva

Some Basics...

  • Jock itch is a fungal infection. It grows best on the warm, damp skin of the inner thigh. It is also called "Tinea Cruris." It is most often caused by the same fungal infection that causes athlete's foot.
  • A person can get jock itch from sweating a lot. This causes wetness in the groin area. It can also be caused by friction from clothing.
  • Jock itch is much more common in men than women.
  • Most people can treat jock itch at home using an over-the-counter (OTC) antifungal cream.

When to Call for Jock Itch

Call Doctor Now or Go to ER

  • Fever
  • You feel weak or very sick
  • You think you need to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

  • You are a woman (jock itch is less common in women)
  • Rash is painful to touch
  • Boil or infected-looking sore
  • You think you need to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Call Doctor During Office Hours

  • Have diabetes
  • Have a weak immune system (HIV, cancer chemo, long-term steroid use, splenectomy)
  • You are worried you might have an STD
  • Using over-the-counter (OTC) treatment for 1 week and rash is not better
  • Using OTC treatment for 2 weeks and rash has not gone away
  • You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

  • Slowly spreading, itchy, pink-red rash on the inner thigh(s) next to scrotum

Care Advice for Jock Itch

  1. What You Should Know:
    • Jock itch is a fungal infection. It grows best on the warm, damp skin of the inner thigh. It is also called "Tinea Cruris." It is most often caused by the same fungal infection that causes athlete's foot.
    • Most people can treat jock itch using an over-the-counter (OTC) antifungal cream.
    • You can treat jock itch at home.
    • Here is some care advice that should help.
  2. Genital Hygiene:
    • Keep your penis and scrotal area clean. Wash this area 1 time a day with un-scented soap and water.
    • After washing, dry the groin area before the feet. This will stop the spread of fungus to your groin.
    • Keep your penis and scrotal area dry.
    • Wear cotton underwear. It breathes and keeps you drier. Avoid nylon or tight fitting underwear.
  3. Antifungal Cream for Treatment of Jock Itch: Put antifungal cream on the area of itching and rash 2 times per day. Put it on the rash and 1 inch (25 mm) outside of its borders. Keep using the cream for at least 7 days after the rash has gone away.
    • Sold over-the-counter (OTC) in the United States as clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF). It is also sold as miconazole (Micatin, Monistat-Derm).
    • Sold OTC in Canada as clotrimazole (Clotrimazole cream). It is also sold as miconazole (Micatin Cream, Micozole, Monistat-Derm).
  4. What to Expect: The rash should fully go away in 2 to 3 weeks.
  5. Call Your Doctor If:
    • Rash is not better after 1 week on treatment
    • Rash is not fully gone by 3 weeks
    • Fever or pain occurs
    • You think you need to be seen
    • You get worse

And remember, contact your doctor if you develop any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.


Last Reviewed: 7/24/2017 1:11:37 AM
Last Updated: 5/7/2017 1:36:11 PM

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