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INFECTIOUS DISEASE

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Jock itch is a common fungal infection that affects theskin of your genitals, inner thighs and buttocks. The infection is characterized by an itchy, red rash in the warm, moist areas of your body, most often your groin area.

Also called tinea cruris, jock itch is closely related to other skin conditions with similar names. Tinea refers to a type of fungus, and cruris is the Latin word for "leg." Other common tinea infections include:

  • Athlete's foot (tinea pedis). This form affects the moist areas between your toes and sometimes on the foot itself.
  • Ringworm of the body (tinea corporis). This form causes a red, scaly ring or circle of rash on the top layer of your skin.
  • Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis). This form is most common in children and involves red, itchy patches on the scalp, often leaving bald patches.

Jock itch gets its name from being most common in male athletes, but anyone can get the infection. It can also occur in people who are overweight or sweat a lot.

Although uncomfortable and bothersome, jock itch usually isn't serious, except possibly for people with weak immune systems. Treatment usually consists of keeping your groin area clean and dry and applying antifungal medications.

Treatment

For a mild case of jock itch, your doctor may advise you to apply an over-the-counter antifungal ointment, lotion, powder or spray. Most infections respond well to these topical agents, which include:

  • Miconazole (Micatin, Monistat-Derm)

  • Clotrimazole (Lotrimin AF)

  • Terbinafine (Lamisil AT)

If jock itch is severe or doesn't respond to over-the-counter medicine, you may need a prescription topical or oral medication. These include:

Topical

  • Econazole (Spectazole)

  • Oxiconazole (Oxistat)

Oral

  • Itraconazole (Sporanox)

  • Fluconazole (Diflucan)

  • Terbinafine (Lamisil)

Side effects from oral medications include gastrointestinal upset, rash and abnormal liver functioning. Taking other medications, such as antacid therapies for ulcer disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), may interfere with the absorption of these drugs. Oral medications for fungal infection may alter the effectiveness of warfarin, an anticoagulant drug that decreases the clotting ability of your blood.

Since the introduction of newer medicines, doctors prescribe griseofulvin (Fulvicin, Grisactin), another oral medication, less often to treat jock itch. It's effective, but can take longer to clear up the infection. Its most common side effect is headache, and it occasionally causes discomfort in the digestive tract, sensitivity to light, rashes or a drop in your white blood cell count. The most common use of griseofulvin is for people who are allergic to other antifungal medications, or for people who have other medical conditions that may be negatively affected, such as liver disease.

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