Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about recognizing jock itch. How do you know if you’ve got it? How do you know if you’re suffering with this condition? Jock itch is a condition that affects men, but it can affect women.
Jock itch is generally a condition caused by some kind of fungus. You’ve all heard about Candida. Candida albicans is a common thing that we talk about, but Candida itself is not really a yeast that affects the groin of guys, necessarily. Candida albicans is associated with women’s vaginal infections, but not so much with a guy if he’s got it around the scrotal region or the inner thigh or around the rectal region. Those areas aren’t really so much affected by Candida, but probably more so by trichophyton or various sort of molds like that. So tinea cruris is another organism that can affect the groin region of the guy. How do we know we’ve got this thing? What are the signs and symptoms?
Let’s look at what signs and symptoms are for starters. Signs is something that the doctor recognizes. The doctor can see these. The doctor can do a scraping and actually culture that and get that checked out. That’s a sign that you’ve got a condition. A sign is also a redness or discoloration of the skin. That’s very objective. You can see that. It’s tangible. It’s quantifiable.
A symptom is what you’re feeling. You’re experiencing the symptom. Symptoms aren’t something we can necessarily see or quantify with a test. A symptom is subjective. You can feel pretty bad and yet the doctor may not be able to recognize this is a sign and maybe even say you’ve got it all in your head, and some people with Candida are often told that they’re going crazy and there’s nothing wrong with them.
So symptoms and signs are what you commonly experience. For symptoms of athlete’s foot, itching because we can’t really see itching, but we experience it. We can feel it. And, generally, the itching, I find, will often start on one part of the body first, so the guy will often experience itching here, for example, on the side here right around this region here. He could experience it on both sides or around underneath here, but will generally experience it on one side first. And then when he’s got that on one side, he’s going to be scratching that pretty bad. It could be anything ranging from mild scratch up to like a real severe scratch, bad scratch. It can also not just involve the inner thigh up around the scrotal region, but it can involve the whole penis region or around the anal region as well. I’ve seen people so bad with it. The skin is just cracked and bleeding. It’s pretty shocking.
Jock itch can involve that whole area. But the characteristic symptom you’re going to experience is itching. Now that itching can sometimes be relieved by hot water or cold water that can sometimes make it feel better. The signs are really the rash, so you’re going to see a rash here. It’ll be a red rash, and there could be a bit of bronzing or browning sort of towards the center of the rash. There could be little blisters or bubbles around it. You really don’t want to scratch this with your fingernails. If you’ve got fingernails and you’re going to get into it and scratch it, you can really rip the skin open and create bacterial infections. So then you not only got jock itch to contend with, but you’ve got a bacterial infection that will need some kind of an antibiotic or cream to heal that, so you really don’t want to go there and scratch the hell out of it. It’s not going to fix it up.
So sometimes cold or hot water applications will make it feel better. You can also use different types of natural products on this. Tea tree oil based soap to wash the area twice a day with is a pretty smart move, and also some tea tree oil cream I find to be quite good.
Check out my other videos and I’ll talk also about lifestyle and diet changes, alcohol, foods you can eat that aggravate it, and things like that. So you’ll pick up some more tips on this channel.
I hope that sort of answers your question about the signs and symptoms of jock itch. The itch is characteristic. There can be a musty odor about it sometimes as well. The redness or the bronzing or the browning, these are all common things that you’ll experience as well.
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