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).
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
Lichen simplex chronicus Eczema Pubic lice
- Chemical irritation
- 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.