Jock itch is often he subject of locker room joking, but it's not funny if you have it. Jock itch is a distressing, persistent fungal infection that affects the inner thighs, the buttocks and the genitals, usually -- but not exclusively -- in males. This fungal infection can cause a red, ring shaped rash and is very itchy. This area is most prone because it is moist and warm. People who are physically active, or "jocks," often sweat more in this area and are at higher risk.
Jock itch is also common in people who are overweight. The infection is bothersome and very uncomfortable but is pretty simple to treat. The only cases where jock itch can be very serious are in people with weakened immune systems.
Here are some symptoms of jock itch:
* Burning sensation in the groin area
* Dry skin, flaking or peeling of the skin in the groin area
* Itching and redness in the groin- including the genitals, buttocks, anal area and inner thighs
You may find that wearing underwear is very uncomfortable and anything that comes into contact with the infected area increases the pain and itching. Walking, exercising and wearing jeans or tight pants can also make the symptoms worse.
Even if you think what you have is jock itch, it’s always helpful to see your doctor to be sure your infection is not some other type of skin disorder. Skin samples may be needed for testing to determine the cause and the best treatment.
If you’re prone to frequent outbreaks of jock itch, talk to your doctor about possible causes and how you can prevent it in the future.