Groin itch (also known as Dhobie or Jock Itch) is mild fungal skin infection that presents as an itchy rash on the groin, inner thigh and buttock areas. The symptoms include:
- Itching and burning
- Flaking or cracking skin
- Worsening of symptoms with exercise
Groin itch is caused by fungi called dermatophytes that live normally on the skin but proliferate in warm, moist conditions, for example, after exercise in sweaty clothes. It is this overgrowth of the fungus that causes the infection. It is highly contagious and can be passed by touching an infected person or by handling their unwashed clothes. People who are overweight are more prone to Groin itch as the fungus can grow between folds in the skin.
In most cases, Groin itch can be treated at home by:
- Applying an antifungal powder, spray or cream
- Washing the affected area with soap and water
- Drying the affected area thoroughly after exercise and bathing
- Changing clothes and undergarments daily
A range of antifungal preparations are available from your local pharmacy.
Treatment for Groin itch is available through the Minor Ailments scheme.