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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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