Jock itch (tinea cruris) is a fungal infection affecting the outer layers of skin, hair, and/or nails.

Jock itch can manifests as:

  • Red, peeling or scaly rash with patches or have bumps on the edges (blister-like)
  • Red-brown color on the center of the rash
  • Itchy and/or Painful skin
  • Quickly spreading rash usually found on the groin, skin folds, inner thighs, or buttocks
  • Can occur with other conditions such as athlete’s foot (tinea pedis)


Physician may do/request:

  • History & Physical Exam
    • Ask you questions about symptoms and examining your rash
  • Microscopic analysis of scrapings from your rash



Antifungal Cream/Powders

  • Can be bought over the counter without doctor’s prescription

For recurrent and sever infection

  • Wash with soap and Water
  • Apply anti-fungal cream over and slightly beyond affected area
    • May contain terbinafine, clotrimazole or miconazole
    • Common brand names are Lamisil, Micatin, Lotrimin, and Monistat
    • Use medicine as directed and complete the recommended treatment period even when symptoms have already disappeared
    • If symptoms persist even after 2 weeks, consult your physician
  • Rarely, large areas of blisters may form
    • Compresses such as Burrow’s compress may be used
    • After area has dried out, anti-fungal creams may be applied

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