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Jock Itch

Jock Itch Overview

Jock itch is the popular name given to an itchy rash in the groin that commonly involves the inner thighs and adjacent skin, including the scrotum in males. The medical name for rash in the creases of overlapping skin is "intertrigo." Jock itch is associated with sweating, friction/abrasion, occlusive clothing, and the direct rubbing of skin on skin. The rash may affect not only the groin, but it can involve any areas of skin that overlap, including around the anus and in the skin folds of obese individuals. Jock itch affects men and occasionally women worldwide.

  • Major risk factors include the following:


    • Heat


    • Humidity


    • Tight clothing


    • Damp skin folds that may occur with obesity or excessive sweating


    Although several microorganisms have been identified as causing the rash, many cases are noninfectious and are induced by environmental and physical factors that irritate the skin.

  • Other skin diseases may mimic jock itch. They include


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