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    Is Your Child Sick? TM


    Jock Itch

    Is this your child's symptom?

    • Rash of the groin and inner, upper thighs caused by a fungus
    • Much more common in males than females

    If NOT, try one of these:


    Symptoms

    • Pink-red, scaly rash on inner thighs near groin. Often, starts in the groin crease. Then, spreads slowly downward.
    • In boys, the rash does not involve the penis or scrotum.
    • Rash is most often the same on both inner thighs.
    • Rash is itchy, but not painful.

    Cause

    • Jock itch is caused by a fungus. Often, this is the same fungus that causes athlete's foot.
    • It can come from a towel used to dry the feet and then the groin.
    • The fungus can only grow in warm, damp skin. Sweating a lot and wearing damp underwear raises the chance of getting it.
    • Called jock itch because it occurs mostly in teen males who play sports.

    How to Prevent Jock Itch From Coming Back

    • Keep the groin area clean and dry. Reason: the fungus can't grow on dry, normal skin.
    • Change to dry underwear after playing sports.
    • Also, avoid wearing underwear that is too tight.
    • Bring gym clothes home. Wash at least weekly.
    • If you have athlete's foot, use a separate towel for the feet.

    When to Call for Jock Itch

    When to Call for Jock Itch

    Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

    • Rash is very painful to touch
    • Your child looks or acts very sick
    • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

    Call Doctor During Office Hours

    • Female
    • Age less than 10 years
    • Rash is mainly on the penis or scrotum
    • Pus is draining from the rash
    • Rash keeps spreading after 1 week on treatment
    • Rash is not gone after 4 weeks on treatment
    • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent
    • You have other questions or concerns

    Self Care at Home

    • Jock itch rash

    Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

    • Rash is very painful to touch
    • Your child looks or acts very sick
    • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

    Call Doctor During Office Hours

    • Female
    • Age less than 10 years
    • Rash is mainly on the penis or scrotum
    • Pus is draining from the rash
    • Rash keeps spreading after 1 week on treatment
    • Rash is not gone after 4 weeks on treatment
    • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent
    • You have other questions or concerns

    Self Care at Home

    • Jock itch rash

    Care Advice for Jock Itch

    1. What You Should Know About Jock Itch:
      • Jock itch is common in teens. It is harmless.
      • It's caused by a fungus that grows best on warm, damp skin.
      • Here is some care advice that should help.
    2. Antifungal Cream:
      • Use an antifungal cream 2 times per day.
      • Some brand names are Lamisil, Micatin or Lotrimin cream. No prescription is needed.
      • Put it on the rash and 1 inch beyond its borders. Make sure you put it on in all the creases.
      • Keep using the cream for at least 7 days after the rash is gone.
    3. Keep Area Dry:
      • Jock itch will heal faster if the groin area is kept dry.
      • Wash the rash area once a day with plain water. Dry it with care. Do not use soap on the rash.
      • Wear loosely fitting cotton underwear. Wash gym shorts and jockstraps after each use.
    4. Try Not to Scratch:
      • Avoid scratching the area. Reason: Scratching will delay the cure.
    5. What to Expect:
      • Rash stops spreading after treated for 2-3 days.
      • With proper treatment, rash goes away in 2-3 weeks.
    6. Return to School:
      • Children with jock itch do not need to miss any school. Your child may take gym and play sports.
      • Jock itch is not easily spread to others. The fungus can't grow on dry, normal skin.
    7. Check for Athlete's Foot:
      • If also has itchy rash of toes or feet, see Athlete's Foot care guide.
      • Until gone, use a separate towel to dry the feet.
    8. Call Your Doctor if:
      • Rash is not better after 1 week on treatment
      • Rash is not gone after 4 weeks on treatment
      • You think your child needs to be seen
      • Your child becomes worse

    And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the 'Call Your Doctor' symptoms.

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