Jock itch treatment

Jock itch is a condition familiar to many of us, and known by a wide variety of different names: crotch rot, crotch itch, gym itch and a wide variety of other slang terms, as well as a few more clinical ones such as tinea cruris. Jock itchi is a fungal infection of the groin area. While it can appear in either sex, jock itch is more common in men, and much more widely associated with them. The symptoms of jock itch include, as one might expect, an itching, burning or painful sensation in the groin, the thighs, associated skin folds, and anus. The infection might cause the skin in this region to turn red or tan and cause rashes, flaking , rippling or cracking skin. It is, in a word, unpleasant. It can even cause small pimples or pustules. So, obviously, anyone who has ever had jock itch is in a hurry to find treatment for it.

To understand jock itchi treatment, it helps to understand the underlying cause. The groin region tends to be warm, dark and moist, providing an excellent environment for fungus to thrive. Fungal infections are opportunistic, and exposure to them through athletic environments, can easily lead to infection. This warm, dark, moist environment is often made even more habitable to jock itch type infections by the use of tight clothing which doesn’t breath well – like a jock strap. The fungus involved can even be fungus which migrates from other portions of the body, such as those which case athletes foot.

The first treatment for jock itch, and perhaps the best choice, is prevention. While this does little good for people who already have jock itch, for those who don’t, avoiding it in the first place is the simplest and most comfortable solution. For this, doctors recommend showering immediately after athletic activities, drying the groin area thoroughly, making sure to keep clothes in contact with the groin dry, never sharing towels or clothing with others, and wearing cotton underwear to allow for the area to breath.

Much of this is also good advice for people who already have jock itch, and who wish for their jock itch treatments to be faster and more effective – which is pretty much everyone who already has jock itch. The environmental approach can also extend to other areas, such as sleeping in loose fitting clothes and either wearing boxers or no underwear at all, sleeping near a fan, and exposing the area to air so it remains dry and well ventilated. Regular cleaning followed by prompt and thorough drying is also recommended for everyone.

That aside, there are a number of antifungal medicines available for jock itch treatment. These medicines often come in the form of creams which contain a small percentage of antifungal agents. These agents work by preventing the fungus cells from producing a necessary substance called ergosterol. Without this ergosterol, the jock itchi causing fungus cannot survive, and the infection gradually ends.

Along with this, other medicines may be recommended to help treat the itch and irritation that comes with a jock itch infection. Treatment for the symptoms of jock itch, as opposed to the cause, normally come in the form of , glucocorticoid steroids such as hydrocortisone cream. The use of hydrocortisone cream as a jock itch treatment can make the recovery period more comfortable, since it relieves the itch and discomfort before the antifungal medicines have time to kill off the jock itch infection.

There are many jock itch treatments available to people who need them, most of which are available over the counter, without a prescription.

Last updated on Mar 4th, 2010 and filed under Other Conditions & Diseases. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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