Jock Itch Cure - Symptoms and Home RemediesJock itch is a pretty common fungal infection of the groin and upper thighs. It's part of a group of fungal skin infections called tinea (pronounced: tih -nee-uh), and it's related to athlete's foot and ringworm (by the way, ringworm isn't really a worm - it's a fungus). The medical name for all of these types of fungal infections is a tinea infection , and the medical name for jock itch is tinea cruris (pronounced: tih -nee-uh krur -us).
Signs and symptoms
Jock itch can make wearing underwear or tight clothing uncomfortable. Walking or exercising may aggravate the rash and worsen your signs and symptoms.
The best way to diagnose tinea cruris is to look for hyphae under the microscope, a KOH test . The skin is scraped with a scalpel or glass slide causing dead skin cells to fall off onto a glass slide. A few drops of Potassium hydroxide (KOH) are added to the slide and the slide is heated for a short time. The KOH dissolves the material binding the skin cells together releasing the hyphae, but it does not distort the cell or the hyphae. Special stains such as Chlorazol Fungal Stain, Swartz Lamkins Fungal Stain, or Parker's blue ink can be used to help visualize the hyphae better.
None is usually necessary after diagnosis and prescription of medications by a doctor.
Medication- Your doctor may prescribe:
Home Remedies for Jock Itch
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