Jock itch, or Tinea crurisis, a fungal infection of the skin. It is often placed into the same category as ringworm by those who study it. Jock itch forms a rash on the skin, normally in the genital region, and causes itching, pain, and an unpleasant odor. It can be caused by wearing undergarments that are too tight or that rub the genital area, as well as by an overgrowth of bacteria brought on by poor hygiene and excessive sweating.
Jock itch is most common in men, but can also be found in women.
As mentioned previously, one of the biggest contributing factors to jock itch in women is poor hygiene. The fungus begins to grow in places that are overly sweaty and full of bacteria, which is why this particular fungus prefers areas like the genitals and groin.
Jock itch in women can also be caused by wearing underwear that is too tight and does not breathe on a regular basis, as this allows sweat and bacteria to become trapped in the area. The fungus then takes root and begins to grow, feeding off of the bacteria present.
Jock itch in women is most often seen in women who are overweight or obese. Excess skin folds give the fungus more places to hide and create more spaces for sweat and bacteria to become trapped.
The symptoms of jock itch in women are very similar to those that are presented in males with this condition. Signs of jock itch include a rash that is itchy and sometimes painful. This rash is most usually red, but can also be brown or tan. It can also be scaly and feel rough to the touch. This rash normally begins in the genital area and can spread to the labia, buttocks, thighs, and legs. The rash has defined edges, and although it is related to ringworm, it does not limit itself to presenting in a circular pattern.
This rash can itch, burn and be very painful, and is often exacerbated by wearing tight clothing and/or exercising. If left untreated, it can lead to hair loss in the genital region. Women with advanced jock itch may find that their pubic hair begins to either break or fall out completely, and the skin around the area may darken.
As one can tell from the description and symptoms, jock itch is not an enviable condition. It is very painful, uncomfortable, and embarrassing, and women who contract it want nothing more than to get rid of it as quickly as possible. Luckily, this condition is very treatable. There are some medications that can be used to eliminate the fungal infection, as well as some home remedies that may help ease the symptoms. Here is a look at both approaches, as well as some other tried and true cures for this bothersome condition:
These remedies are all well and good, but it is preferable to prevent this jock itch problem from occurring in the first place. One of the best ways for women to keep from getting jock itch (or to keep it from reappearing once it is gone) is to wear loose, clean, breathable clothing, especially in the genital region. Underwear should be changed frequently if one finds that they sweat a lot in that area, and showers after a workout session are a must. Cleaning the area once or twice a day, preferably with a pH-balanced soap, can go a long way toward keeping this infection from occurring or recurring, as can maintaining proper personal hygiene.
If one is infected or prone to this infection, they should also avoid eating too much spicy or sugary food, as this can also contribute to jock itch. The most important thing to remember, though, is to keep the area dry at all costs.