The myth about jock itch
Did you know that some people could carry the jock itch fungus but not show any symptoms? That’s known as being asymptomatic—not showing the symptoms of diseases. Regardless, jock itch is still very contagious and can still spread it to you! Jock itch has been mistakenly believed to be a skin infection that affects only males. This is false. The truth is a fungal skin infection can occur in anyone. Women’s jock itch is less common but can still occur for many different reasons.
What is jock?
Jock itch received its name because it is very common among people who workout and sweat a lot, like athletes. It is a red itchy fungal skin infection that affects the groin area, inner thighs and butt. Jock itch (Tinea Cruris) can develop directly from the spread of athlete’s foot (Tinea Pedis) or ringworm (Tinea Corporis). This is the skins cellular immune system’s reaction to the dermatophytes that’s responsible for the infection. There are two species of dermatophytes that could be causing the infection, Trichophyton rubrum and Epidermophyton floccosum. Other Trichophyton species and Candida (yeasts) can cause other types of fungal skin infections in the groin are.
What are some symptoms of jock itch?
It commonly appears as a red rash with flaking skin. It also comes with a persistent itching and burning feelings on the inner thighs and lower torso. It may feel at ease after scratching but tends to return after a short while. It can also spread to the buttocks and genitals through scratching. A musty odor is common. If the burning is severe, painful and producing a fluid like discharge, that might be the sign of a bacterial infection and should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.
Causes for jock itch in women
As noted above, jock itch is caused by the fungus known as tinea cruris. Fungus is thrives in warm, dark & moist areas like the groin area. Tinea cruris in women is usually the result of an underlying skin disease like chaffing of the skin or intertrigo. Chaffing of the skin in women can happen from the result of obesity where two folds of skin rub together causing irritation. Or from tight fitting clothing or underwear.
What are other names for female jock itch?
It’s known around the world as not only jock itch but also other names like vaginal itch, crotch worm, gym itch, crotch itch, groin ringworm and tinea cruris.
Is jock itch contagious?
Fact is jock itch can spread to other parts of the body and other people around you. If you live with your family or significant other you can spread jock it to them easily by direct or indirect contact like sharing exposed clothing, blankets and towels. You can spread it or get it from your training partners, especially if you are a wrestler or grappler. If you have outdoor pets they can also transfer the fungal infection to you because ringworm lives in the earths soil.
Females are more like to get jock itch if:
It’s a very common fungal infection and can occur in anyone especially if you can apply any of these to your own life.
• As an athlete
• Poor hygiene
• Already having athlete’s foot or ringworm
• Live in a warm humid climate
• Sweat excessively
• Wear tight clothing
• Wet clothing
• Not drying off completely after showering
• Stressed immune system
• Sharing personal items with someone who is infected.
• Have pets like cats or dogs
Preventing female jock itch
• Do not share towels or other personal items with others.
• Avoid having sex if your partner has symptoms of a genital rash.
• Wear loose clothes, especially in summer.
• Change exercise clothes daily and wash them after exercising.
• Change underwear daily and men should wash athletic supporters after exercise.
Treating female jock itch:
There are various ways you can treat jock itch. You can put jock itch into remission by effectively destroying the environment in which the fungal infection can thrive. The best form of treatment is prevention. More and more athletes practice good hygiene by fighting the infection naturally. Using antifungal soaps containing high concentrations of natural ingredients like tea tree oil and eucalyptus oil can be effective remedies. Some of these ingredients not only fungal infections but also viral and bacterial infections as well.
Women who have a serious case of ringworm should see a doctor. Depending on the diagnosis you might be subscribed an antifungal cream or antifungal pill. It could take multiple weeks to heal and even months for severe cases. So, if you are an athlete and can’t afford to miss weeks of training and even important competitions its super important to take every measure to keep your body clean and dry as much as possible.