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Jock itch is an infection of the skin on the groin and upper inner thigh areas.

Signs & Symptoms

  1. Redness.

  2. Itching.

  3. Raised red rash with borders. Center areas of the rash are dry with small scales.


Jock itch is usually caused by a fungus. It can also result from garments that irritate the skin and from taking antibiotics. Jock itch is more likely to occur in hot, humid conditions.

Self-Care / Prevention

To Treat Jock Itch

  1. Use over-the-counter antifungal cream, powder, or lotion for jock itch. Follow package directions.

To Prevent Jock Itch

  1. Don’t wear tight, close-fitting clothing. Wear boxer shorts, not briefs. Change underwear often, especially after tasks that leave you hot and sweaty.

  2. Bathe or shower right away after a workout. Don’t use antibacterial (deodorant) soaps. Dry the groin area well.

  3. Apply talc or other powder to the groin area to help keep it dry. If you sweat a lot or are very overweight, use a drying powder with miconazole nitrate.

  4. Wash workout clothes after each wearing. Don’t store damp clothing in a locker or gym bag.

  5. Sleep in the nude or in a nightshirt.

  6. Don’t share towels or clothes that have come in contact with the rash.

Questions to Ask

Does any liquid ooze from the rash? Or, do symptoms worsen or last longer than 2 weeks despite using self-care?

Dr. Will Kirby diagnoses Jock Itch on The Doctors and prescribes a treatment regime.


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Over-the-counter antifungal creams treat most cases of jock itch. Stronger creams or an oral medicine can be prescribed, if needed.