Jock Itch (tinea cruris) is a condition common which occurs in people who sweat a lot, especially athletes. It is a fungal infection that typically affects the outer layers of one’s skin. Though it can affect anyone, it is usually men who tend to develop a jock itch which isn’t a serious condition. It can be severely uncomfortable despite its superficial impact. However, with the use of topical treatments and a dedicated attempt at self-care, all symptoms may disappear completely in a matter of two weeks. If one is ignorant of their condition or unwilling to respond, complications may develop in rare cases. The following are some symptoms commonly associated with Jock Itch.
The earliest of jock itch symptoms to appear is redness in the groin, thigh or anal region, and rarely in other skin folds, such as the elbow crease and the back of the knees. The reddened patch may grow over time, often leaving the central region clear with a highly defined, reddish-brown outline. Mostly, the redness tends to spread out if the affected area undergoes further stress due to sweat and friction. It is recommended that to prevent such aggravation, physical activity that affects the region be avoided until the fungal infection is healed.