Jock itch, also referred to as ringworm of the groin or tinea cruris, is a fungus-caused condition that affects the groin area. It is often triggered by prolonged wetness in the groin area and clothing friction. Symptoms typically include scaly patches of skin, itching, and abnormally light or dark skin. Although jock itch mostly occurs in adolescent boys and adult men, anyone can get it. Because the condition is so irritating and contagious, it’s imperative to understand how to prevent it from returning.
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Lubricate jock itch-prone areas with over-the-counter skin protectants, such as petroleum jelly or hemorrhoid cream. Apply the creams every few hours during vigorous sports or exercise to help prevent chaffing.
Clean the groin area with warm water every day to help prevent the spread of bacteria. Take a bath or shower, if possible -- especially after exercising or playing sports.
Dry the groin area thoroughly with a towel after exercising, showering or swimming. Apply a drying or an antifungal powder to help keep prone areas extra dry for longer.
Put on clean underwear every day -- or change it more often if you participate in any activity that causes you to sweat.
Wear loose-fitting underwear, pants and shorts to help reduce friction and limit moisture buildup. Choose synthetic materials like Lycra, which are breathable and smooth-textured.