Jock itch is a fungal infection affecting the groin area. This is a rather common infection, predominantly reported among physically active individuals. Due to repeated and frequent physical activity one sweats a lot and sweat is a major contributor to the onset of fungal infection. Namely, these microorganisms require moist to multiply.
Because sweat accumulates inside the body creases it is clear why jock itch occurs. The groin area has multiple creases which prevent moist and sweat from evaporating. Excess of sweat and all the environmental factors it contributes to is a reason why the condition occurs.
Jock Itch Prevention
It is possible to prevent jock itch. It is essential to keep the potentially affected area clean and free of sweat. Even if one sweats a lot he/she should have repeated showers during the day. Wearing cotton made underwear is another preventive measure. Such underwear allows sweat to evaporate and the skin to breathe easily. Such preventive measure is excellent means of getting rid of excess moist. Finally, frequent change of underwear is a must.
Preventive measures should also be applied even after the infection is cured. They will prevent recurrent infections that may occur. Prevention is essential for recurrent cases of infection which may be responsible for the occurrence of chronic infection.
Chronic Jock Itch Treatment
Jock itch can be treated with certain over-the-counter creams and ointments or with prescribed medications.
As for over-the-counter creams and ointments these generally contain miconazole or clotrimazole. When applied topically, symptoms and signs of fungal infection soon withdraw. Some of the creams must be applied even after all symptoms have subsided for a few more days, this way preventing recurrence of the infection. It is essential not to purchase a cream containing any substance a person is or may be allergic to. Apart from creams and ointments, people may benefit from powder or sprays containing different ingredients efficient against sweat and fungi.
In case treatment with over-the-counter medications fails to provide with desirable results, one is due to consult his/her health care provider. Doctors most commonly opt for creams and ointments containing econazole and fluconazole. It is important to follow doctor's orders and stick to the prescribed dose and always applied the cream on time. Even though patients think that just by applying a cream the infection will withdraw and never come back, they should also known that together with medicamentous treatment one needs to apply all the mentioned preventive measures. By adopting measures of prevention the infection will be eradicated and will, most certainly, never come back.