Is this your child's symptom?
- Rash of the groin and inner, upper thighs caused by a fungus
- Much more common in males than females
If NOT, try one of these:
- Pink-red, scaly rash on inner thighs near groin. Often, starts in the groin crease. Then, spreads slowly downward.
- In boys, the rash does not involve the penis or scrotum.
- Rash is most often the same on both inner thighs.
- Rash is itchy, but not painful.
- Jock itch is caused by a fungus. Often, this is the same fungus that causes athlete's foot.
- It can come from a towel used to dry the feet and then the groin.
- The fungus can only grow in warm, damp skin. Sweating a lot and wearing damp underwear raises the chance of getting it.
- Called jock itch because it occurs mostly in teen males who play sports.
How to Prevent Jock Itch From Coming Back
- Keep the groin area clean and dry. Reason: the fungus can't grow on dry, normal skin.
- Change to dry underwear after playing sports.
- Also, avoid wearing underwear that is too tight.
- Bring gym clothes home. Wash at least weekly.
- If you have athlete's foot, use a separate towel for the feet.
When to Call for Jock Itch
Call Doctor or Seek Care Now
Contact Doctor During Office Hours
Self Care at Home
Care Advice for Jock Itch
- What You Should Know About Jock Itch:
- Jock itch is common in teens. It is harmless.
- It's caused by a fungus that grows best on warm, damp skin.
- Here is some care advice that should help.
- Antifungal Cream:
- Use an antifungal cream 2 times per day.
- Some brand names are Lamisil, Micatin or Lotrimin cream. No prescription is needed.
- Put it on the rash and 1 inch beyond its borders. Make sure you put it on in all the creases.
- Keep using the cream for at least 7 days after the rash is gone.
- Keep Area Dry:
- Jock itch will heal faster if the groin area is kept dry.
- Wash the rash area once a day with plain water. Dry it with care. Do not use soap on the rash.
- Wear loosely fitting cotton underwear. Wash gym shorts and jockstraps after each use.
- Try Not to Scratch:
- Avoid scratching the area. Reason: Scratching will delay the cure.
- What to Expect:
- Rash stops spreading after treated for 2-3 days.
- With proper treatment, rash goes away in 2-3 weeks.
- Return to School:
- Children with jock itch do not need to miss any school. Your child may take gym and play sports.
- Jock itch is not easily spread to others. The fungus can't grow on dry, normal skin.
- Check for Athlete's Foot:
- If also has itchy rash of toes or feet, see Athlete's Foot care guide.
- Until gone, use a separate towel to dry the feet.
- Call Your Doctor if:
- Rash is not better after 1 week on treatment
- Rash is not gone after 4 weeks on treatment
- You think your child needs to be seen
- Your child becomes worse
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.
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