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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
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/19/2016
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