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#1: Big thighs save lives but Jock itch can hurt it too!

Updated: Mar 12, 2020




 

Yay! It’s summertime and you know in Florida and in certain other states, summertime is NO JOKE when it comes to that DEATHLY HEAT especially when it’s humid and nasty as well. Which means ladies, it may require some of us especially plus size women to take our hygiene to the next level. So here are some tips on how to survive the summertime and be on point with your health.

​WHAT IS JOCK ITCH? Jock itch (tinea cruris) is a fungal infection that affects the skin of your genitals, inner thighs and buttocks. It causes an itchy, red, often ring-shaped rash in these warm, moist areas of your body. Jock itch gets its name because it is common in people who sweat a lot, as do athletes.Jock itch usually begins with a reddened area of skin that spreads out from the crease in the groin in a half-moon shape onto the upper thigh. The border of the rash may consist of a line of small, raised blisters. The rash often itches or burns, and the skin may be flaky or scaly.

SO WHAT CAUSES IT? Jock itch is caused by a type of fungus that can be spread from person to person or from shared use of contaminated towels or clothing. It's common for the infection to spread from the feet to the groin, as the fungus can travel on your hands or on a towel.

RISK FACTORS The organisms that cause jock itch thrive in damp, close environments. You're at greater risk of jock itch if you: Wear tight underwear, are overweight, sweat heavily, have a weakened immune system, and have diabetes.

PREVENTION

  1. Stay dry. Keep your groin area dry. Dry your genital area and inner thighs thoroughly with a clean towel after showering or exercising. Use powder around your groin area to prevent excess moisture.

  2. Wear clean clothes. Change your underwear at least once a day or more often if you sweat a lot.

  3. Avoid tight-fitting clothes, which can rub and chafe your skin and make you more susceptible to jock itch.

  4. Don't share personal items. Don't let others use your clothing, towels or other personal items.

  5. Treat athlete's foot. Control any athlete's foot infection to prevent its spread to the groin.

​TREATMENT: There are natural remedies such as Apple Cider vinegar as well OTC medications and creams (e.g. Lotrimin Ultra) to treat Jock Itch. But the main point is to keep your groin area clean and dry and applying topical anti-fungal medications are usually sufficient to treat jock itch. RESOURCE:

Mayo Clinic



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