Embarrassing Health Problems: What Is Jock Itch?
You are embarrassed to ask, but if you often feel like scratching your groin, inner thighs or buttock folds, then it's more than something to blush about - it's a skin problem. We decode this embarrassing topic and give you step-by-step information to rid yourself of the jock itch.
The medical name is tinea cruris and it is common with people who sweat excessively; individuals who are obese and with men who have a poor immune system. Jock itch is essentially a form of ringworm or topical fungal infection. It is quite common amongst athletes or people who exercise a lot and to high intensities, because of the relation to sweat. So what are the symptoms that cause this uncomfortable itchy problem? Let’s find out.
Symptoms to the jock itch are as follows:
- Jock itch affects your genital, inner thighs and buttocks.
- You will experience itching, redness and burning in these areas.
- The skin of your groin may also appear cracked and flaky
What causes this embarrassing itch: In a nutshell, this fungal infection grows out of proportion when your groin area remains wet and moist. Another point to note is that jock itch can be transferred from contact, like sharing towels and sexual contact.
Precaution and treatment: For a jock itch, you need an antifungal ointment, preferably a cream as per your doctor’s advice.
How to prevent jock itch? It’s easy: Stay clean, shower daily, wear clean clothes, remain dry and keep your jock area dry too. Also avoid sharing personal items to avoid contagious infections. Don’t let jock itch embarrass you, treat it and prevent it today!
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