Jock itch is a fungal infection that affects the groin area, inner thigh, and sometimes the buttocks. Similarly to athlete’s foot, jock itch is caused by the same fungus as ringworm. If not treated, jock itch can quickly spread to other body areas. To make an educated diagnosis, it is essential to know all the signs and symptoms of jock itch.
Jock itch begins with mild itching caused by the fungus beginning to flourish in the groin area. The itching intensifies as the fungal infection continues and may become constant and unbearable. In addition to the itchiness, a red rash will begin to form in the affected area. Without treatment, the inflammation will continue to grow as the fungus spreads.
The rash is typically dry with raised bumps. These bumps may begin to fill with pus and ooze, often further irritated by the itching, and can even incur a bacterial infection in the most severe cases. Usually, jock itch is not serious but is very annoying. The edge of the rash is very distinct, and unlike ringworm, the center of the inflammation is usually a reddish brown.
Diagnosis is straightforward, and even doctors typically diagnose it just based on symptoms and appearance. If you think you have jock itch, you should begin treatment immediately to stop the fungus from spreading. In addition to starting a treatment regimen, check your feet for rashes. Complete eradication of the fungus from the entire body is necessary to ensure there isn’t a recurrence.