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Jock Itch: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

Jock itch is essentially a fungal infection on the skin and occurs in the genital areas, upper thighs, and groin. It can be caused by wearing clothes that are highly tight fitting and lock in a ton of moisture. Contrary to what the name of the infection may suggest, this is something that can occur in non-athletes as well. It presents itself in the form of a ringed shaped red rash that is extremely itchy. Fortunately, there are known and effective treatments for this infection.

The treatment for Jock Itch is fairly simple. Since this is an infection that is caused by fungus, an antifungal cream, spray or powder can be used in order to clear up the infection. This is the only treatment option for this infection. In terms of safety, it is considered a low-risk infection and does not spread too quickly as long as it is left alone and you don’t continually scratch it. You can continue to live your life normally while you have this infection, and it is not a contagious disease so even if your partner has it, you don’t have to worry about getting it. Though it is better to avoid sexual activity until it clears up.

How is the treatment done?

When you first develop Jock Itch, you are most likely to end up going to your general practitioner. Though you can be referred to a dermatologist, it is not necessary to see a skin expert as the condition can be diagnosed easily and managed by your regular doctor as well. In case there are any difficulties with diagnosing the infection, the doctor may take a few scrapings of the skin from the infected area to have it tested under the microscope. Once it is diagnosed, the treatment can commence.

To treat Jock Itch, you will be prescribed either a cream, spray, or power that has anti-fungal properties. Most of these are available over the counter and do not require a prescription. However, your doctor will tell you the exact dosage that you need depending on how severe the infection is. Once the medication has been prescribed, you need to use it as directed. Creams are usually meant to be used at least twice a day. Sprays can be used after you have had a bath and cleaned the area. The same goes for powder. All three types of medication are equally effective.

It is important to note that the infection may clear up before the treatment time is over. However, even if that is the case, you should continue to follow the directions given by your doctor and stick to your proper treatment time to avoid recurrence.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Anyone who has Jock Itch is eligible for the treatment. This is essentially a fungal infection and even if you have it in other areas of the body, using an antifungal cream that has been prescribed by your doctor can help clear it up. You can seek medical attention the minute the infection comes up. There is no need to wait for a specific amount of time.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If your infection is not caused by a fungus, then you are not eligible for the any of the treatment types mentioned above. Antifungal creams do not work effectively on bacterial or viral infections and therefore it does not make sense to pursue this line of treatment.

Are there any side effects?

There are no known side effects to applying antifungal creams, sprays, or powders to clear your Jock Itch. However, if you are allergic to any of the ingredients that are used in this medicines, then you may develop an allergic reaction, such as dermatitis. Thus, make sure that you let your doctor know about any allergies that you may have so that they can prescribe medicines that do not lead to adverse side effects or reactions.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

There are basic post treatment guidelines that you should follow for the rest of your life. To start with, avoid wearing clothes that are so tight that they end up locking in the moisture in your groin area. However, if you really must wear such attire or equipment (such as a jock strap), then make sure that you apply some kind of talcum powder to the area so that the moisture can be absorbed. Once you remove the attire or equipment, wash the area thoroughly with soap and then wear loose clothing that allows your skin to breathe. This will help balance out the needs of your skin along with your lifestyle.

How long does it take to recover?

Jock Itch is a mild infection and you can recover from it within a few days. You will be able to see a gradual change in the intensity of the infection as you continue to follow your treatment course.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Antifungal creams can cost anywhere between Rs 100 and Rs 300 in India. The actual price depends on the brand and the dosage or strength of the cream.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are permanent. Once the infection is cleared, it stays gone.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Certain home remedies can help with the symptoms of the treatment however, the only way to treat it is to seek medical attention or help. There are herbal creams that are antifungal in nature. You can ask your doctor about them before you use them. Also, you can use a cold compress to help with the swelling, redness, and itching, but these symptoms will not fully go away until the infection itself is treated. It is a mild infection and only requires a cream to fix it.

Safety: High Effectiveness: High Timeliness: High Relative Risk: Low Side Effects: Low Time For Recovery: High Price Range: Rs. 150 - Rs. 300

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Skin Irritation on the Penis - Causes, Treatments and Risk Factors

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Skin Irritation on the Penis -  Causes, Treatments and Risk Factors

Skin Irritation on the Penis: Causes, Treatments and Risk Factors

Full scale or just a patch, skin irritation on the penis can be a cause for concern and often results in a loss of focus and an extra helping of discomfort. It's also not something a man tends to want to show off while "entertaining." Here's the good news - most causes of an irritated penis can be easily remedied and are nothing to worry about. Here are five common reasons for skin irritation on the penis and how to fix the lil' fella right up.

1) Genital Area Infections - Nobody in the world likes to cuddle more than fungus. Give it a nice, warm, moist place to curl up, like the folds of the genital skin, and it will nestle right in. To keep jock itch and his other fungi friends out of the area, keep the genital area clean and dry. Post-invasion see a doctor for an anti-fungal cream to clear up the infection. To prevent future fungal shack-ups, shower regularly, clean thoroughly and keep the area dry and airy.

2) Too Much of a Good Thing - Too much sex or self-gratification may seem harmless, but it can result in red, cracking, irritated, penile skin. Unless a man likes that pins-and-needles feeling on his irritated penis, stop all activity immediately until the skin is back to normal. To get it back to soft and supple, use cool compresses to soothe the irritation and a penis health crème to repair and renew the skin. When all is good, be sure to practice moderation in all things and to use a good, water-based lubricant for especially energetic sensual shenanigans.

3) Latex Condoms - Something like 15% of all Americans is allergic to latex so a skin irritation on the penis due to latex is not at all uncommon. Now, the fix isn't to stop using condoms (no dice, buddy), but it is to look for alternative condoms like polyurethane or polyisoprene which protect against STIs and pregnancy without the latex. To help the irritation, follow the same rules as in #2.

4) Balanitis - Balanitis is a skin inflammation which impacts the penis head and foreskin and is experienced more often by uncircumcised men. It's caused by a build-up of smegma. Smegma is a stinky concoction of dead skin cells, body oils, and bacteria that marinate into an especially odorific off-white paste which harkens to bacteria to infect the delicate penile skin. The best way to treat and prevent balanitis is regular and thorough cleaning of the penis daily with a gentle cleanser. If the issue is out of control (such as the foreskin will not retract), a physician will prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection.

5) Sexual Transmitted Infections (STIs) - Cut and dry, an irritated penis can be a symptom of an STI. Several STIs manifest as a skin irritation on the penis and can be accompanied by a rash, blisters and peeling skin. STIs associated with an irritated penis include genital herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia, genital warts, and syphilis. Men who believe they may have contracted an STI should see their doctor or clinic immediately for testing and avoid any sexual contact until the results of the test are known. Once diagnosed, a doctor will prescribe the course of treatment.

Avert an Irritated Penis with These Tips

Most skin irritations on the penis can be prevented with good genital hygiene habits and practicing safe sex. Grooming should include cleansing the penis regularly and thoroughly with a mild cleanser and soft cloth. Keep the groin area dry and air it out frequently - many men prefer to sleep in the buff to give the area plenty of oxygen.

Habitually moisturizing the penis is also a critical step in penis health. Use a specially created penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) for a clean, renewed, and supple penis. These cremes are nutrient-rich and contain vitamins like A, C, D, and E which have properties especially advantageous for penile health and healing, which is ideal for keeping an irritated penis at bay. The crème's base should be a natural moisturizer, like Shea butter, which leaves the penile skin completely hydrated and smooth.

 

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When a Penis Rash Is Something to Worry About!

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
When a Penis Rash Is Something to Worry About!

When a Penis Rash Is Something to Worry About

At some point in his life, every man deals with a penis rash. It might be a recurring event for some, especially during the summer when jock itch becomes more difficult to avoid. It might happen right after introducing something new into the daily routine, like something as simple as trying out a new laundry detergent. In other words, a penis rash is so common that men can actually become accustomed to seeing it.

Unfortunately, that means that sometimes a man can become so familiar with penis rash that they don't even think about consulting a physician or looking deeper into the issue. Though most penile problems are quite easily remedied, especially with excellent penis care on a regular basis, some rare issues might be cause for concern. Here's how to know when a penis rash is something to worry about.

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7 Causes Of Jock Itch And Its Treatment!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Pune
7 Causes Of Jock Itch And Its Treatment!

Jock itch can be defined as a fungal infection affecting the skin, especially around the inner thighs, genitals, buttocks or the groin region. Also called ‘tinea cruris’, this condition triggers irritation that results from the ring-shaped red rashes that primarily affect the warm and moist regions of one’s body. This condition majorly affects people who sweat excessively, such as athletes or even people who are over-weight. Although it is often bothersome and uncomfortable, jock itch doesn’t bring about severe complications for the affected individual. Jock itch can easily be cured by keeping the groin region dry and applying topical anti-fungal medications.

Symptoms:

The main symptoms of Jym itch include itchy and painful rashes in the buttock, inner thigh or the groin region. The rash is usually tan, red or brown in color, slightly scaly and often formed at the edges.

Causes:

  1. Putting on damp, wet or unlaundered clothing, such as athletic supporter and very tight underwear or wearing them frequently.

  2. Sharing towels that were used by a person suffering from the same condition.

  3. Taking showers irregularly, especially after excessive sweating or exercising.

  4. Living in hot and humid conditions.

  5. Obesity.

  6. Wearing tight clothing.

  7. Immune system disorders.

Treatment:

  1. Anti-fungal creams or lotions can help treat ringworm of the groin. Few examples are Miconazole, Econazole, Clotrimazole and Ketoconazole. These medications should be applied twice a day for about two to four weeks.

  2. In case the eruptions start to ooze fluids or pus, antibiotics may be administered by the doctor.

General Measures:

Measures to prevent recurrence of tinea cruris include weight reduction (if obese), wearing less occlusive clothing, drying thoroughly after bathing, using topical antifungal powders, laundering contaminated clothing, and treating concomitant fungal infection of nail of feet, if present.

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Jock Itch - Measures You Must Take!

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), DDV, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Pune
Jock Itch - Measures You Must Take!

Jock itch can be defined as a fungal infection affecting the skin, especially around the inner thighs, genitals, buttocks or the groin region. Also called ‘tinea cruris’, this condition triggers irritation that results from the ring-shaped red rashes that primarily affect the warm and moist regions of one’s body. This condition majorly affects people who sweat excessively, such as athletes or even people who are over-weight. Although it is often bothersome and uncomfortable, jock itch doesn’t bring about severe complications for the affected individual. Jock itch can easily be cured by keeping the groin region dry and applying topical anti-fungal medications.

Symptoms:

The main symptoms of Jym itch include itchy and painful rashes in the buttock, inner thigh or the groin region. The rash is usually tan, red or brown in color, slightly scaly and often formed at the edges.

Causes:

  1. Putting on damp, wet or unlaundered clothing, such as athletic supporter and very tight underwear or wearing them frequently.

  2. Sharing towels that were used by a person suffering from the same condition.

  3. Taking showers irregularly, especially after excessive sweating or exercising.

  4. Living in hot and humid conditions.

  5. Obesity.

  6. Wearing tight clothing.

  7. Immune system disorders.

Treatment:

  1. Anti-fungal creams or lotions can help treat ringworm of the groin. Few examples are Miconazole, Econazole, Clotrimazole and Ketoconazole. These medications should be applied twice a day for about two to four weeks.

  2. In case the eruptions start to ooze fluids or pus, antibiotics may be administered by the doctor.

General Measures:

Measures to prevent recurrence of tinea cruris include weight reduction (if obese), wearing less occlusive clothing, drying thoroughly after bathing, using topical antifungal powders, laundering contaminated clothing, and treating concomitant fungal infection of nail of feet, if present.

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Tinea Cruris - Causes, Symptoms And Homeopathic Treatment!

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Tinea Cruris - Causes, Symptoms And Homeopathic Treatment!

Tinea Cruris is also called as jock itch which is a type of fungal infection that affects a person's groin area who are mostly adult.

This disorder is caused by a fungus named as dermatophytes and it results into a circle around the affected area which resembles a ring. Severe irritation and itchiness can be experienced due to this and the affected area turns red. Sometimes the ring looks like a worm and therefore, many people term this infection as “ringworm”. Even though it is easily curable, the fungus may spread and affect other parts of the body as well or result into serious damage to the skin surface as well. Hence, proper medications and treatment should be opted for-

Causes- The causes of Tinea Cruris are very common and it can also contaminate if brought in contact with others.

Here are some of the causes of this disorder -

● The fungus grows on the skin which is moist and warm therefore affecting the people who tend to sweat a lot and also overweight.

● Tight clothing and hot weather can also lead to the development of this fungus in different areas of the body which does not stay cool.

● The fungus can be spread to other people if it is brought in contact by any medium such as towels, floors, toilet seats etc.

If a person does not takes a bath and clean him or herself for a long time, then the fungus tends to grow and spread on their skin.

Symptoms- The symptoms of Tinea Cruris are easily identifiable and therefore if you observe any of them, immediately visit a doctor and ask for good medication.

● Inflammation in the groin region, anal area, and also around the upper thigh.

● Slightly raised patch of skin might be observed.

● Dry or scaly blisters may develop in the above-mentioned areas which may also burst at certain times and may be painful.

● A very abnormally dark or light skin tone may develop in the affected areas.

● Skin redness or itchiness is very common.

So here are the potential symptoms that you must keep an eye for. The symptoms should not be neglected because the fungus may have a negative impact on your health and also around the surrounding skin areas.

Treatment With Homeopathy-

Jock itch can be easily treated with homeopathic medicines and other ingredients. Homeopathy creams and ointments made of different natural anti-bacterial ingredients are the best for this kind of disorders. The cream will eliminate the germs and fungus growth around the region which was causing such a problem. However, other homeopathy medicines can also be used to treat the affected area and give relief to the symptoms of Tinea Cruris.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I have jock itch. I used some ointments but no result again it comes. .please suggest best ointments for complete cure of jock itch. Please tell.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, DNB - Dermatology & Venereology
Dermatologist, Delhi
Jock itch also known as tinea cruris is fungal infection occurring in fold areas of body which remain occluded and where sweating is there. Please refrain from using over the counter creams as they all are steroid based creams which initially give a relief in itching but in long term use lead to various cutaneous side effects. It needs a proper treatment with oral and topical antifungals guided under a qualified dermatologist.
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Hello Doctor, I have Rash in groin area with fluid seeing out. The rash started when I was using sanitary napkin. Please suggest.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, DNB - Dermatology & Venereology
Dermatologist, Delhi
Rash can be allergic or fungal please see a dermatologist for expert treatment and keep the area dry wear loose cotton clothing.

Hi, since so many months you have got this reddish itchy something like in under things near private parts. I have used all kind of fungal infection seen doctor also she gave some medicine so it's like. It go away as long as you take it medicine and anti fungal cream and comes back when you stop it I never had such issue ever but after moving to Mumbai I have got this. Please tell some permanent solution Also wen it gets normal d skin remains dark it's clearly visible dt something happened to it portion because I am fare and just that area get reddish and when treatment it's dark. Also I am not sexually active just to your know please help.

MBBS, MD - Dermatology
Dermatologist, Mumbai
Hello lybrate-user I understand your concern. This is common condition affecting active individuals who swear a lot around armpits and groin area. Many people use steroid containing combination like fourderm, panderm cream or bentovate c cream. Fungus would get resistant following such applications. Avoid tight fitting garments to control the sweat and appropriate 2 months of oral antifungal course would help in eliminating it completely. Of late we are saying adult onset diabetes cases as well, in such case we go for certain blood tests as well. Do connect for further management!

I am suffering from jock itch for last 2 years. I regularly follow the basic steps of hygiene and wearing suitable outfit. But still there is no improvement. Can anyone suggest me a permanent medicine for it which is available without prescription (OTC).

BHMS
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Hi this fungal infection is called as Jock itch .it is caused by a type of fungus that can be spread from person to person or from shared use of contaminated towels or clothing. Well selected Homoeopathic remedies are effective to cure jock itch completely..some of the homoeopathic medicines are graph, chrysarbinum, thuja, sulphur , croton , rhus tox ,sepia, psorinum etc.. when does itch gets worse ? i need detailed case history to find out cause and treat accordingly.. you can consult me online for homoeopathic treatment without side effects.

Someone has prescribed me Dermikem OC for jock itch. I had been using it. It cure jock itch but after 5-10 days it comes with greater intensity and now dermikem is not working on it. What should I do?

Veterinarian, Malappuram
Haii Dermikem s not used fr jok itch frst f all I do not knw who gave t to you Stop t Start wit terbinafine cream teo times a day fr 4 weeks.
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Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Fungal Infections - Causes & Treatments
Ways to prevent Fungal infections

Hi friends. I am Dr. Rohit Batra, from Derma World Skin and Hair Clinics in Rajouri Garden and New Rajendra Nagar. And today we re going to talk about fungal infections, or as you all call, jock itch . It is becoming very prevalent in our society where both men and women are suffering from itching in rural areas and other body parts. No matter what you have been using, it doesn t go. The reason behind that is, just like the fungus grows on your bread in the household and the bread lies in a hot and humid climate, fungus can grow on your body, especially in inter tribulus area or the pores of the body, because it finds sugar that is available in our body, sweat, and there is no aeration in these areas which remain closed, so fungus can grow there rapidly.

Now because people have been using all sort of OTC products that are available in the chemist without going to a dermatologist, then they apply these creams, which most of them contain steroids. Till the time you are applying these creams, the symptoms vanish, the itching goes away, but only to come back as soon as you stop these creams. So if you are having a fungal infection in any of these body parts, it s better to go to a dermatologist and get rid of it for once and al, otherwise if you keep applying these creams, the fungus keeps on growing in the body, affects other areas, and can give rise to a very massive fungal infection.

The various creams that are available as an OTC product should not be used, because they just control the symptoms and not the cause. If you want to get treated for your fungal infections, you need to visit a dermatologist. You need to take the course for two to three weeks for oral antifungals, something like terbinafine, something like itraconazole or fluconazole, along with few creams containing other aliconazole, and once this thing goes off, one should take care that while you are bathing, you should make sure that after bathing you dry yourself properly, you don t use wet clothes.

If you are going out for any sort of sport of you are going for gymming, or you are going for running, make sure these clothes, which get drenched, are not worn without getting them washed properly. And once you use a towel for more than two days, it should be properly washed, and should be dried in sun, and then only used. Such things are becoming very prevalent in our society, and families are being affected with fungal infections. So don t share your clothes, don t share your towels, and make sure that you don t spread these infections to your family.

So if you are suffering from any sort of fungal infection, maybe it s jock itch, tinea floris, tinea corporis, visit us. You can either visit us through our Lybrate profile, or you can call us on Derma World Skin and Hair Clinics in New Rajendra Nagar, or Rajouri Garden, and we can help you get rid of this fungal infection for once and all. Happy healing.
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