Dear Hope: I Can’t Stop Itching!

Dear Hope,

This is kind of embarrassing I think I have jock itch, but I’m not sure.  It’s not something I want to talk to anyone about, but my balls itch like crazy. I don’t really want to go to the doctor so what can I do? 

–          Itchy

Dear Itchy,

Tinea cruris, more commonly known as jock itch, is a fungal infection.  Most men experience this at least once.  The fungus tends to grow in moist dark places, such as the skin of the groin.  It can cause redness of the skin, severe itching and flaking.  It can also cause an odor.

If this sounds like what you have, here is a plan on how to take care of it.

–          Wash the rash with soap and water, dry the area well since the fungus thrives in moist warm places.

–          Use an antifungal cream – your best options include Lamisil, Lotrimin AT and Lotrimin Ultra.  There are a few brands a little cheaper, but these are more effective and quicker.

–          Avoid wearing underwear or clothes that are too tight.  You don’t want rubbing.

–          This is the hard one – DO NOT ITCH!

With the treatment it should clear up and you should start feeling some relief.  If after two weeks of treatment you do not see any improvement you need to see your doctor.

I am not a doctor and I do not know exactly what you have so please make sure you seek medical attention if needed.

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