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Jock Itch

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is jock itch?

Jock itch is a rash on your groin caused by a fungus.

What increases my risk for jock itch?

What are the signs and symptoms of jock itch?

Jock itch is a reddish-brown rash with round lesions. The lesions can spread from your groin to your thighs and buttocks. You may see a red ring with raised edges. Inside the red ring your skin may look normal. You may see flakes of skin on the rash. Your skin may feel rough or wrinkled. The rash may burn, itch, or be painful.

How is jock itch diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your signs and symptoms and examine you. Your provider may ask if you have any medical conditions, or if you play sports. Tell your provider if you wear tight clothes or leave wet clothes on for long periods. Your provider will check your groin and your feet for a rash. A sample of your skin may be sent to a lab for tests.

How is jock itch treated?

Jock itch is treated with a cream that kills the fungus. Apply the cream to the rash and the skin around it as directed. You may need to apply the cream 1 to 2 times each day for 1 to 4 weeks. You may be given this medicine as a pill if the cream does not help. You may be given an antibiotic cream or pill if your skin is infected.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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