Jock itch

  • Alternative Names

    Fungal infection - groin; Infection - fungal - groin; Itching in the groin; Ringworm - groin; Tinea cruris; Tinea of the groin


    Jock itch usually responds to self-care within a couple of weeks:

    • Keep the skin clean and dry.
    • Don't wear clothing that rubs and irritates the area.
    • Apply topical over-the-counter antifungal or drying powders, such as those that contain miconazole, clotrimazole, or tolnaftate.

    You may need treatment by a health care provider if your infection lasts longer than 2 weeks, is severe, or frequently returns. You healthcare provider may prescribe stronger antifungal medications. Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat bacterial infections that occur in addition to the fungus (for example, from scratching the area).

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Jock itch usually responds promptly to treatment. It is often less severe than other tinea infections, but may last a long time.

    Jock itch usually stays around the creases in the upper thigh and does not involve the scrotum or penis. Jock itch may spread to the anus, causing anal itching and discomfort.

    Other causes of itching in the groin include:

    • Lichen simplex chronicus
    • Eczema
    • Pubic lice
    • Chemical irritation

    See also: Vaginal itching

    • Permanent change in the skin color of the area
    • Secondary bacterial skin infections
    • Side effects of medications

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your doctor if jock itch does not respond to home care after 2 weeks, or you have other symptoms.