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What is jock itch?

Dr Louisa Draper

"Jock itch is contagious and is spread either by direct skin contact or by touching contaminated items like clothing or towels. The fungal spores that cause jock itch are very resilient. They can survive for months on your skin or on contaminated items before they get transmitted. "

Dr Louisa Draper

Jock itch, also known as tinea cruris, is caused by a fungal infection of the groin. It can affect the skin of your genitals, inner thighs and buttocks. There are several different types of tinea fungal infections, all caused by a type of fungus called dermatophytes. Jock itch is closely related to the fungus that causes athlete’s foot and it is common for people to have both infections at same time.