Larry Jaeger is an experience dermatologist and owner of Advanced Dermatology Associates in New York City. He is board certified and recognized as an excellent provider of dermatological Medicine in NYC for treating jock itch.
Jock Itch Infection
Jock itch is caused by a fungus infection which involves the groin area. There is considerable heat and moisture providing an excellent place for the fungus to grow. The fungal infection originates in the feet as athlete’s foot and is transmitted from the feet to the groin area where the warm moist conditions tend to promote it’s growth.
Treatment for Jock Itch
One way to treat this condition is to keep the area cool and dry and wear loose fitting clothing. Don’t use too many blankets when sleeping and keep the bedroom cool. Using an anti fungal powder on a regular basis will keep the areas cool and dry as well as controlling fungal growth.
If the fungus continues to grow and causes an itching rash in the groin area, then more advanced therapy is required. Anti-fungal creams are helpful in treating jock itch. Larry Jaeger recommends Lamisil cream or two percent Ketoconazole cream or Econozole Nitrate cream.
Anti-fungal creams can be applied morning and night for several weeks usually can control the infection. Treat the feet with a cream since that is the original source of the infection.
See your doctor if you have a rash on your skin that doesn’t improve within two weeks or if you treat it with over-the-counter medications and it returns within a few weeks.
The Basic Causes Jock Itch
- Larry Jaeger relates that recurrent episodes of fungus infection, especially severe episodes, should be tested for diabetes since the excess sugar in the groin area can promote more rapid growth of the fungus in diabetics.
- Another factor that is using strong antibacterial soaps.
Normally, fungus and bacteria are in balance in the groin area and kill each other off, but if one uses a strong antibacterial soap on a regular basis, this could knock out the normal bacterial floral and allow fungus to grow.
The recurrence rate is quite high, when heat and moisture are present. An effort should be made to try to keep the area as cool and dry as possible.
Dr. Larry Jaeger is a well known and respected board certified dermatologist and dermatological surgeon who is the medical director of Advanced Dermatology Associates of New York. Dr. Jaeger specializes in all aspect of medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. Treating jock itch in patients at (212) 262-2500.