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What is jock itch?

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Jock itch, also called tinea cruris, is a common skin infection that is caused by a type of fungus called tinea. The fungus thrives in warm, moist areas of the body and as a result, infection can affect the genitals, inner thighs, and buttocks. Infections occur more frequently in the summer or in warm, wet climates.

Jock itch appears as a red, itchy rash that is often ring-shaped.

From: Fungal Infections of the Skin WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology.

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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American Academy of Dermatology.

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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