You've got a problem in your shorts and you're wondering if you have jock itch symptoms. Don't panic. Jock itch is merely a form of the fungus that causes athlete's foot and not something worse. Here are some symptoms that indicate that you could have nothing more than an itchy fungus inhabiting your nether regions.
- Itch. This is a no-brainer, but the primary symptom of jock itch is an itch. An intense, burning itch that's hard to ignore.
- Pain. The skin affected by the jock itch fungus can be raw and irritated and this can cause pain. For some relief, wash the affected area with soap and water and apply an anti-fungal cream.
- Rash. The dark red rash associated with jock itch could be anywhere in your groin area, although it doesn't typically affect the penis or scrotum. The fungus likes to live in damp, dark places, so the nooks and crannies down there provide ideal homes for the organism.
- Bumpy, scaly skin. The jock itch rash doesn't just fade out at the edge. Instead, it usually has a distinct boundary and the edge of the rash might be bumpy or red and peeling.
- Blisters. In some cases, blisters can form in the affected areas. In rare cases, these blisters can form over large areas of the rash and can be quite uncomfortable. A compress applied to the blistered area can make it feel much better.
Jock itch can be treated by over-the-counter antifungal creams containing terbinafine, miconazole or clotrimazole. If your problem doesn't respond to this treatment or you're unsure if it's really jock itch, see your doctor.