Jock Itch: Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention | Canesten
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Jock Itch

It’s uncomfortable in more than one way – learn more about jock itch.

Jock itch (tinea cruris) is a fungal infection of the groin, affecting thighs, buttocks and lower parts of the abdomen. It is caused by dermatophytes, a group of fungi that thrive in moist and hot environments like wet or tight-fitting clothing. You can catch it through contact with contaminated towels or clothing, or transfer fungi from other affected areas of your skin through scratching.

Jock itch symptoms

You might be suffering from jock itch if you notice:

  • 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

See your doctor if:

  • If your symptoms do not improve after treatment
  • If symptoms return within a few week
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Understanding Jock itch

Dermatophytes are fungi that cause jock itch as well as a variety of other skin conditions. They spread easily from affected areas, which is why you should treat any fungal infections as early as possible.

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Jock itch treatment

Start treatment early to get rid of jock itch fast

The best course of treatment for jock itch is an anti-fungal cream combined with an anti-inflammatory agent. Treatment alleviates symptoms like itching and pain resulting from fungal infections.

Canesten offers a range of effective products that treat jock itch.

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Canesten® Plus

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Anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory cream

Canesten Once Daily Bifonazole Body Cream

Canesten Once Daily Bifonazole Body Cream

Convenient anti-fungal treatment

Canesten Clotrimazole Antifungal Cream

Canesten Clotrimazole Antifungal Cream

Anti-fungal treatment

Preventing Jock itch

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Wear loose-fitting clothing during training and avoid synthetic fabrics.

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Ensure correct hygiene and keep your groin area dry, especially after washing or exercising.

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Choose cotton underwear only and change it daily.

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Change your towels regularly and avoid using towels available in communal areas.

Facts about jock itch

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It often starts on your feet - jock itch is a fungal infection caused by the same fungi responsible for athlete's foot.

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If you are male you are far more likely to be affected by jock itch.

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Avoid the itch! Check our prevention tips to protect yourself and others from contagious fungal infections like jock itch.

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