Is Athlete's Foot Similar to Jock Itch?

Athlete’s foot is similar to jock itch in many ways. Both conditions can develop from exposure to certain fungus. Both conditions may result in itchy, irritated and red skin that can become painful if left untreated. Athlete's foot and jock itch can also be avoided and treated in a similar manner.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s Foot is a skin infection that often occurs when your feet become irritated as a result of being moist and warm for an extended period of time.

Athlete’s Foot is a skin infection that is caused by the ringworm fungus. Typically, this fungus can be found in locker room’s, swimming pools, nail salons and on gym floors. You may develop athlete’s foot from walking around barefoot on areas where someone who has athlete’s foot has previously walked.

Statistics show that up to 70% of the population will develop athlete's foot at some point during their lifetime. It is possible that you may experience pain, bleeding and even blisters as a result of this infection. However, it is not uncommon that you may have athlete's foot and not be aware of it at all. Depending upon how your skin reacts to this infection, you may just think that you have dry feet rather than athlete’s foot.

Jock Itch

Jock itch can occur when a fungus grows because of an excessive amount of sweat that is trapped in your groin folds. If you have jock itch, then you could experience a painful and itchy rash. Typically this skin infection is mainly present in the groin area. It is not uncommon that if left untreated that it may spread to other parts of your body like your anus, genitals and inner thighs.

Usually men who wear athletic equipment develop jock itch more frequently than others. Also, if you have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, then you may be more likely to develop jock itch. If you are a middle-aged man, then you may want to be extremely careful because you may be more prone to developing this skin infection as well.

Make sure that you avoid contact with yeasts or fungus if possible. Also try not to wear clothing and underwear that is tight or restrictive.

Treatments

To treat athlete’s foot or jock itch then you can visit your local pharmacy or shop online. You will find a variety of antifungal creams, sprays, soaps and other products which are designed to treat these skin infections. Proper hygiene is also a critical part of avoiding and treating both athlete’s foot and jock itch. Be sure to wash your body with a gentle soap and water after you visit public places where you may be more likely to become exposed to athlete’s foot.

To avoid jock itch, make sure to clean your body thoroughly after participating in activities where you sweat excessively. After washing your body properly, it is important that you make sure that your body is dried thoroughly before you put on your underwear and socks.

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