What Is Jock Itch?

Jock itch is a contagious fungal infection that affects the skin in the groin area. It's caused by a certain kind of fungus that loves warm, moist conditions.

Here's what you need to know about jock itch:

  • Jock itch causes skin to itch and looks like raised, scaly patches on the skin that may blister or ooze (but symptoms vary).
  • Jock itch affects the groin-thigh area and buttocks.
  • Jock itch can be cured in 1 week* with LamisilAT® products.
  • Jock itch occurs more often in men than women.

The Causes of Jock Itch

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You can get jock itch by touching someone's infected skin or infected surfaces (like towels or bedsheets).

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The fungus grows and spreads in warm, moist places like the groin area.

Fungus on Feet

This fungus spreads easily by contact—so, if you scratch your athlete's foot and then touch your body, it can become jock itch.

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Test Your Knowledge About Jock Itch

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#1: Only athletes get jock itch.



FALSE: Jock itch is spread by contact, so anyone can get it. Athletes are more likely to get it because of their lifestyles. However, anyone who is male, sweats often, or lives in a warm climate is at higher risk.

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#2: Only men can get jock itch.



FALSE: Men are more susceptible to this particular fungal infection.
However, jock itch is spread by contact, so anyone can get it.

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#3: Jock itch can be spread through sexual contact.



TRUE: Jock itch is spread by skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. The fungi can also be transmitted on sheets, towels, and underwear.

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#4: Jock itch is the same as chafing.



FALSE: Jock itch is a fungal infection and needs to be treated with an over-the-counter antifungal product like LamisilAT®. While uncomfortable and unpleasant, chafing is caused by skin rubbing against other skin or clothing. If you’re not sure if your symptoms are jock itch, please see your doctor.

Find out more about how to treat jock itch.

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