Jock itch, or tinea cruris, is a form of the ringworm fungi, a fungal infection that affects the outer layers of skin, hair and nails. Affecting men and women, jock itch develops in the groin area, covering the inner thighs and buttocks.
The fungi that causes jock itch thrives in moist and steamy environments, including damp towels, sweaty workout clothes or jerseys, locker room floors and even in skin folds. Though jock itch is uncomfortable, extremely itchy and bright red, it is not life-threatening. Schedule an appointment with our medical professionals today to get treated.
Jock Itch Symptoms
Jock itch causes frequent itching, chafing and sometimes painful rashes in and around the groin area. These rashes could include a burning sensation, and may appear:
Red, Tan, or Brown in color
Slightly scaly or flaky
Swollen or blistery along the edges
Jock Itch Treatments
While over-the-counter creams will typically treat the symptoms of jock itch, we recommend against using athlete’s foot cream, which may be too harsh for the groin area.
To ensure the infection goes away, the medical provider at Local MD Urgent Care may prescribe an anti-fungal cream, ointment or oral medication. If you are prescribed medication, it is important to finish the full course to prevent the fungus from returning.
If you are suffering from jock itch or if your rash is beginning to ooze, visit the Local MD Urgent Care nearest to you. An appointment is not necessary at our walk-in clinic, visit our Locations page to find your closest clinic location today.