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5 Things You Should Know About Jock Itch

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author image Jeffrey Benabio
Dr. Jeffrey Benabio is a board-certified dermatologist in San Diego. He is the founder of TheDermBlog.com, a site devoted to making skin care simple. Dr. Benabio was called one of America's top skin care physician's by "O, The Oprah Magazine."

A common reason for men to come into a dermatology clinic is to treat an itchy rash in the groin area. In many instances the cause is jock itch (although most of the patients who have it are clearly not jocks). Jock itch is a fungus infection of the groin that occurs mostly in men. It is usually the same fungus that causes athlete's foot and fungus infections of the toenails. The fungus grows readily in the superficial layers of the skin and thrives in a warm, moist environment.

A common reason for men to come into a dermatology clinic is to treat an itchy rash in the groin area. In many instances the cause is jock itch (although most of the patients who have it are clearly not jocks). Jock itch is a fungus infection of the groin that occurs mostly in men. It is usually the same fungus that causes athlete's foot and fungus infections of the toenails. The fungus grows readily in the superficial layers of the skin and thrives in a warm, moist environment.

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