5 Things You Should Know About Jock Itch

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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