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Is athlete's foot the same as jock itch?

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Actually, athlete's foot and jock itch are caused by the same fungus (called tinea), which leaves scaly patches on the skin. The conditions are named by the part of the body where they occur. On the feet, tinea infection is called athlete's foot. In the groin area, it's called jock itch.

From: Myths & Facts About Athlete’s Foot WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

"Managing Your Athlete's Foot." Ferri's Netter Patient Advisor, 2012.

Nemours Foundation: "Athlete's Foot."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Athlete's Foot."

Mark G. Lebwohl. Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Treatment of Skin Disease: Comprehensive Therapeutic Strategies, 3 ed. rd

News release. American Academy of Dermatology. Feb. 4, 2011.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

"Managing Your Athlete's Foot." Ferri's Netter Patient Advisor, 2012.

Nemours Foundation: "Athlete's Foot."

American Podiatric Medical Association: "Athlete's Foot."

Mark G. Lebwohl. Saunders Elsevier, 2009. Treatment of Skin Disease: Comprehensive Therapeutic Strategies, 3 ed. rd

News release. American Academy of Dermatology. Feb. 4, 2011.

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 11, 2018

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