Teen Jock Itch
Tinea Cruis Fungus Infection
What Is It?
Tinea cruris, also known as "jock itch" or "jock rot," is a fungal infection caused by wearing clothes that are too tight or that do not let air circulate.
What Causes It?
- It usually occurs in damp, dark areas such as folds of the skin – especially in people who are overweight – or if you sweat a lot from hot, humid weather or while exercising.
- Warm weather and tight clothing (which hold moisture and sweat) encourage fungal growth.
- Itching on the genitals and the inside of the thighs
- Wear loose fitting clothing
- Avoid wearing any tight-fitting clothes (stretch pants, spandex or tights)
- Change your clothes every day and washing clothing and bedding in hot water
- Eat healthy because poor nutrition aids in fungal growth
- Apply talcum or other powders may help keep the area dry and prevent fungal infection
Remember that heat will make the itchiness worse.
- Run cool water over the affected area
- Place a cold clean washcloth on the skin.
- Take cool showers
- Apply ice packs, or ice cubes in a plastic bag.
- Rub cornstarch on the affected area
- If necessary, use a prescription medication
- Wash and thoroughly dry the affected area
- Apply a thin coat of the anti-fungal product and gently rub in
- Wash your hands afterwards
- Check the product directions to see how often to apply
- Continue to use and apply lotion for one to two weeks after seeing results