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Jock Itch Medications

Itching and discomfort in the genital area can greatly interfere with your everyday routine. When you're feeling itchy, it can be difficult to concentrate on your daily tasks and relax when it's time to sleep. Plus, giving into the urge to scratch can lead to embarrassing moments when you're out in public. If you're suffering from symptoms of jock itch and your doctor has recommended over-the-counter products to treat the infection, Walgreens has a large number of solutions to help alleviate the itch.

What Is Jock Itch?

Jock itch is the common name for an infection that doctors refer to as tinea cruris. The infection is caused by the growth of fungus in the groin area. While anyone can get jock itch, people who exercise frequently are more prone to developing the infection. This is because the fungus thrives in moist conditions.

Is Jock Itch Contagious?

Jock itch is contagious and can be spread from touching infected skin or sharing a towel or clothing with an infected person.

What Are the Symptoms of Jock Itch?

The most common symptom of jock itch is a red raised rash that may form blisters and secrete fluid. In some cases, infected skin simply becomes discolored and appears lighter or darker than the surrounding areas. Usually, itching accompanies the infection. Other conditions can mimic the symptoms of jock itch, making it important that you get a diagnosis from your doctor if you believe that you have the condition.

What to Do for Jock Itch

Treatment for jock itch involves killing the fungus that is causing the infection. This is usually done with over-the-counter medications. However, if your infection lasts for more than two weeks or you have certain medical problems, your doctor may prescribe a medication to treat the rash.

What's In Jock Itch Cream?

Over-the-counter jock itch medications are topical products. This means they are applied directly to the skin. The medications contain antifungal agents that destroy the fungal cells. Some active ingredients in jock itch medications include terbinafine hydrochloride, clotrimazole, tolnaftate and miconazole. Your doctor may recommend that you use a specific antifungal product or choose a product with a certain active ingredient.