CAN AN FEMALE HAVE A JOCK ITCH?
Yes. I am under treatment right now for this diagnosis. I had extreme itching on my vulva, primarily around my clitoris. It was so severe that I would wake up at night itching and finally resorted to using a steroid cream to keep it at bay. Thought it was a yeast infection, so I tried two courses of other the counter creams. Went to my doctor (GP), who did an exam and a microscopic wet prep and still diagnosed it as a yeast infection. So took two more courses of diflucan, which is an oral medication for a yeast infection. After 7 weeks, I went to my gynecologist who immediately looked at the external area and told me it was the equivalent of "female jock itch". She observed the swollen area and grey discoloration. She prescribed an antifungal cream to apply externally, Clotrimazole and Betamethasone. The relief from the cream was immediate, although there is still some occasional itching. But a renewed application takes care of it. The bad news is it can take up to 12 weeks to treat a fungal infection of the skin. Had my first doctor diagnosed it correctly, I'd be almost done. Oh well, at least it is treatable!
In retrospect, I think I have had the infection for years, but without the itching. I had told a prior physician that I thought things "looked different down there". Things were a bit swollen and looked more grey than the pink I was used to. She said that she believed me, but that everything appeared normal from her perspective. I think it was a latent type of thing that did not start the full blown infection and itching until I was either really stressed or the conditions were just right. I'll know better once my treatment is done if things return to the more "pink state" that I was familiar with.
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