Jock itch in women
Jock itch occurs more frequently in men than women. Appear mostly in men with active lifestyles or who do not care enough about their personal hygiene.
The reasons for this preference include:
• The men usually wear occlusive clothing more than women.
• Due to the scrotum, the men skin can be subject to a larger area of occlusion.
• In general, men have more physical activity than women, so the area can remain hot and humid for longer periods.
What are the symptoms?
• Appears a patch of reddish brown scales, which starts in the crease of the groin and is spreading to the inner thighs, scrotum, pubic area and to the anus.
• Often there is itching and burning sensation in the infected area.
• Usually infect both sides.
How is it diagnosed?
• Usually the diagnosis is made after the examination.
• You can make a scraping of the lesions for direct examination under the microscope or a culture.
• Some conditions that can raise confusion with jock itch are fungal infections or bacteria, inverse psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, etc.
What is the treatment?
• In most cases, jock itch can be cured with local measures.
• For generalized infection or inflammatory diseases oral treatment is required.
• The most used drugs are: imidazole derivatives (itraconazole, ketoconazole, clotrimazole, etc..) but also allylamines (terbinafine, naftifine).
Jock itch is a type of fungal infection that affects the groin and / or upper thighs. You might think that only men can be affected, but it also can affect women and girls.
Athletic women or those who wear synthetic underwear are more susceptible to jock itch. Jock itch in women consists in red, itching patches and should not be confused other skin problems. Jock itch in women can be cured with creams and tablets or by natural remedies like salted bath or tea tree oil. In order to avoid a wrong diagnostic the doctor should perform a potassium hydroxide test.