Candida and Jock Itch

| May 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Candida and Jock Itch

Candida is a fungal infection that can be the cause of what is known as “jock itch.”  Jock itch is an annoying, sometimes painful infection which is located in the area where a male typically wears a jock strap.  It can cause severe itching on the skin that turns bright red and may look inflamed.  This includes under the penis, the anus, any folds of the skin in this area, and the upper thighs.  Rarely will it travel farther down the legs, but it is possible.  Although it is mainly seen in men and male athletes, it can occur in women, though with much less frequency.

There are different reasons why a person may get jock itch, such as: skin rubbing against some types of material, allergies to certain types of materials, friction, too much moisture in the groin area, or candida.  Too much moisture in the groin can be from participating in sports or athletics and having sweat in the area for too long.  On the other hand, candida is a fungal infection that can present on different areas in and on the body, but when it’s in the area of the groin it’s referred to as jock itch.  Natural causes tend to make up about 50% of jock itch, while candida is responsible for the other 50%.  The moisture naturally present in this area aids the growth of fungus and can make it difficult to prevent it from happening.

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Candida can show up in people that are otherwise healthy, but there seems to be a higher rate of it in people with diabetes.  As with other types of fungus, people with suppressed immune systems may be more likely to get this as well.  There are naturally occurring bacteria in the body which help to fight off any infection or fungus, but when the body’s immune system is compromised, these bacteria are no longer strong enough to fight it off.

In many cases jock itch will go away by itself.  In other situations it may be required to use a type of medicated groin wash.  The most severe cases may require a visit to the doctor’s office for a  prescription of an anti-fungal cream or even antibiotics in the worst case.  In general, good hygiene can help to prevent most jock itch.  Keeping the area clean and dry and washing frequently, especially after working out is key.

Jock itch can present itself in a number of ways.  It can look like a symmetrical, raised area of skin, a bright pink or red rash, or even like tiny pimples scattered over the skin.  While it may look different for different people, it causes the same type of severe itching.

A person who is beginning to develop jock itch may begin to notice a slight itching and uncomfortable feeling in the area where it is about to develop.  This itching gradually increases to the point where it may be intolerable and they need to seek help.  As the infection gets worse, the skin can do several things.  It may become dry and flaky or it can begin to ooze a pus-like secretion.  The pus-like secretion is also common in females who have this condition.  It may also turn into an open, painful sore if not taken care of soon enough.  When this happens it may turn the skin a different color, but this is not permanent and will just take time to return to the normal color.  For many it can take a couple of weeks, while for others it may take several months.  This skin isn’t permanently harmed, it just takes time to recover and repair itself and get back to normal.

Although there are other types of skin irritations which can appear to be jock itch, most doctors can readily diagnose it without any tests.  Occasionally skin problems such as eczema or ringworm may be the cause of the irritation, but these conditions are also easily diagnosed by the proper medical personnel.  They too are usually quickly gotten rid of.

Jock itch isn’t easily transferred to other people unless they come into contact with the clothing or a damp towel which had touched the infection.  It is rare for it to be transmitted during sex, although not impossible.

Treatment of jock itch depends on why the person has it to begin with.  If it is most likely from rubbing, wearing a different type of jock strap or underwear may be all that’s needed.  If it is from too much moisture or sweating, proper hygiene can usually get it to subside.  Candida infections require more work to get rid of, such as proper hygiene, making sure the area is completely dry after showering, and using some type of anti-fungal cream.  Symptoms will usually disappear after using the cream for a couple of weeks.  For those with tough cases, an antibiotic may be required but this is not common.  For a recurring case, it may be necessary to wash and dry the area several times a day, use anti-fungal cream, and also take an oral antibiotic.

Long term avoidance of candida can be accomplished with changes to the diet.  All fungus feeds on sugar and moisture.  Taking sugar out of the diet will lead to the fungus getting ‘starved’ out of the body.  This, in conjunction with proper hygiene, can keep the infection from recurring.

While jock itch may be annoying to the point of painful, it is easily taken care of by rather quick remedies.  Jock itch from candida is also easily taken care of, but can also be prevented by proper care of the area and a change in diet.  If proper hygiene or over the counter treatments don’t take care of it, it may be necessary to visit the doctor to get a proper diagnosis as well as the necessary medication.  Even the worst forms of jock itch can be taken care of and avoided in the future with the right kind of treatment.

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