Monday, 21 January 2008

Dr Ayan: Jock Itch


Here's a quick medical signpost based on the fact that I've seen three guys in the last month with the same "Oh yeah, and while I'm here, Doc..." issue. They all find it hard to keep their hands out of their trousers because of an itch that won't go away, coupled with a mild red rash. It's something the Americans call 'jock itch' which always amuses me for some reason... All three had checked themselves for crabs...

Most commonly, the itching is because of a fungal infection affecting the skin of the groin, testicles and penis - a little bit like athlete's foot but in the groin. Any area of the body which sweats or is not well aerated can be a good breeding ground for fungal infection.The good news is that is not serious. My advice would be to wash the area as usual, dry thoroughly and avoid towel sharing. To get rid of it, use an antifungal cream from the chemist for a week - something like Canesten, Daktarin or Lamisil twice as day, generously over and just around the surrounding area. If it does not clear up see your GP...

1 comment:

Doc Irv said...

Many times the itchiness is related to dry skin and can be helped by using a quality penis health crème with natural moisturizers (such as shea butter and vitamin E).