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Jock Itch (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

When to call the doctor

  • The appearance of an itchy red rash in your groin or genital area should prompt a visit to your doctor.
  • Once you have been diagnosed, go back to the doctor if the rash does any of these things:
    • Spreads or changes appearance
    • Becomes increasingly uncomfortable
    • Develops lumps or swelling of the affected areas
    • Does not improve after two weeks of treatment
    • Does not go away completely or comes back frequently despite proper prevention

When to go to the hospital

Go to a hospital's emergency department if you develop any of the following symptoms beyond the rash:

  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid spread of the rash
  • Swollen glands
  • Lumps in the groin
  • Drainage of pus
  • Open sores or ulcers
  • Boils
  • Rash that involves your penis or vaginal area
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Rash that spreads to your trunk
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2015
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