Jock itch, an itchy skin condition, is most commonly found in the moist area on the skin of the groin and upper thigh. In addition to itching, you may experience red, scaly, raised areas that ooze pus or clear fluid. Jock itch is caused by a fungus infection that thrives in warm, moist areas. You’re most likely to become infected if you perspire a great deal or are overweight.
RELIEF IS ON THE WAY
Many over-the-counter medications can give quick relief. The products that contain miconozale are the most effective. Avoid using medications containing hydrocortisone on a fungal infection. If the infection becomes severe, your doctor can prescribe an oral antibiotic.
Ways to Prevent Jock Itch
- Wear loose-fitting clothes made of natural fibers such as cotton.
- Avoid wearing tight-fitting and synthetic clothing which causes skin to perspire and doesn’t allow moisture to evaporate.
- Avoid wearing rough-textured clothing that can irritate your skin. Wear boxer shorts and change them frequently.
- If you have a job that leaves you hot and sweaty, change as soon as you come home.
- Bathe or shower right after a workout and apply talc or other powder to the groin area after you dry yourself.
- Launder your workout clothes after each use. Storing them in a locker or gym bag between uses creates the ideal environment for fungus to grow.