Jock Itch Directory
Jock itch, also called tinea cruris, is a fungal infection in the groin. It is a form of ringworm that appears as a rash that can be red, itchy, and have bumps. Many catch jock itch in warm, moist public places like restrooms and locker rooms. Not changing sweaty clothes can also lead to jock itch. Symptoms include a rash that may itch. You can treat jock itch by using antifungal creams and prevent it by staying clean and dry. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how jock itch is contracted, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Jock Itch-Topic Overview
What is jock itch?Jock itch (tinea cruris) is a form of ringworm. Ringworm is not a worm at all; it is a fungal infection of the outer layers of skin, hair, or nails. Fungi (plural of fungus) are present everywhere in our environment.Ringworm of the skin appears as a rash with patches that may be red or peeling or that have bumps on the edges that look like blisters. The skin often is itchy, and .
Jock itch is a fungal infection of the skin on the groin, upper inner thighs, or buttocks. It most commonly occurs in hot, humid conditions. Doctors often refer to jock itch as tinea cruris.
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Slideshows & Images
Picture of Ringworm of the Groin (Tinea Cruris)
Jock itch (tinea cruris) is a form of ringworm. Ringworm is not a worm at all; it is a fungal infection of the outer layers of skin, hair, or nails.
Picture of How Is Ringworm Diagnosed?
If you have a ring-shaped rash, you very likely have ringworm. Your doctor will be able to tell for sure.
Picture of Ringworm
Ringworm is characterized by a red ring of small blisters or a red ring of scaly skin that grows outward as the infection spreads. Though children are especially susceptible to catching ringworm, it can affect adults as well.
Slideshow: Ringworm -- A Collection of Photos
Ringworm is a common skin infection otherwise known as tinea. It is caused by a fungus. While there are multiple forms of ringworm, the most common affect the skin on the body (tinea corporis), the scalp (tinea capitis), the feet (tinea pedis, or athlete's foot), or the groin (tinea cruris, or jock itch).