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Jock Itch (cont.)

Jock Itch Diagnosis

The doctor will take your medical history and give you a physical examination. In most cases, the doctor will begin treatment on a trial basis. If the diagnosis remains in question or the rash does not respond to the initial treatment, the doctor will perform laboratory tests to aid in the diagnosis.

  • Your history should include the following:

    • Any medical conditions you may have

    • Questions regarding all current symptoms, including these

      • Excessive thirst

      • Excessive urination

      • Fever

      • When the rash began

      • Infections or rashes you had before

    • Current and past medication history, including any treatments you tried at home

    • Social history includes the following:

      • Sexual history

      • HIV status

      • Gym or sports activity

      • Use of communal pool or whirlpool

      • Pets

    • Travel history, including any recent vacations, camping activities, and military reserve training

  • A thorough physical examination should include the following:

    • Vital signs

    • Examination of all skin areas, including areas not involved such as these:

      • Armpits

      • Under the breast

      • Feet

      • For women, the vaginal area

  • Tests that may be performed include these:

    • Examination of your skin with a Wood's lamp (a source of long wavelength ultraviolet light)

    • Skin scrapings to be examined under the microscope

    • Fungal cultures

    • Laboratory tests such as a blood sugar level or complete blood count
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