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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
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