Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris) is a fungal infection most commonly caused by the fungus Trichophyton rubrum. This fungus is part of the ringworm family of Tinea’s. Jock Itch is sometimes referred to as Ringworm of the groin because it can take on the shape of Ringworm. Although Jock Itch is typically considered a “man’s” disease, it can also be found in women. In both men and women, Jock Itch can affect the groin and buttocks regions. It may also affect women in the fold below the breasts.
Jock Itch occurs when tight clothing traps heat and moisture. The combination of the moisture and heat creates the perfect environment for fungus to grow. You can increase your chances of getting Jock itch by wearing multiple layers of clothing in the wintertime and by wearing wet, sweaty clothes in the summertime. Staying in a wet bathing suit greatly increases your chances of acquiring Jock Itch. Athletes are affected by Jock Itch more often than most people, which is how Tinea Cruris got its nickname — “Jock Itch.”
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