What Makes Jock Itch Resistant, and How to Treat It

What Makes Jock Itch Resistant?

Jock itch is caused by the same bacteria that causes athlete’s foot. These bacteria are called Staphylococcus epidermidis. They produce toxins which cause your skin cells to become inflamed and swell up. When these skin cells get infected they release substances into the surrounding area causing itchy red bumps or sores.

The best way to treat jock itch is with antibiotics. Antibiotics kill off all the germs that make you itch.

The good thing about antibiotics is that they work quickly and effectively. However, some people don’t respond well to them so it may take several courses of antibiotic before you see any improvement. Other times, even after taking multiple courses of antibiotics, the itching doesn’t go away completely but just gets worse over time.

How Long Does Jock Itch Last?

Some people say that jock itch lasts from a few days to several weeks. Others say it goes away within a month or two. Some people say that if you have jock itch, you will never get rid of it entirely. You might feel better for awhile but eventually the itching returns and then persists indefinitely.

Does Jock Itch Spread?

Jock itch can spread from one part of the body to another. For instance, if you have jock itch on your inner thighs, you can start scratching that area and soon you may find the jock itch spreading to your genital area. The best way to prevent this is with regular washing with soap and water. Also, it’s a good idea not to share towels or underwear with other people who have jock itch.

What Makes Jock Itch Worse?

Some things make jock itch worse such as:

— Excessive sweating of the affected area.

— Wearing tight fitting underwear or tights that don’t let the area breathe.

— Eating spicy foods, which can make the itching and swelling even worse.

How Long Does It Take For Jock Itch To Go Away?

Most people will start to see improvements within two to three days. For best results, it’s important to keep the area as dry as possible and to wash the area regularly with mild soap and water. If diet is a factor, you may want to avoid spicy food, which tends to make the itching and swelling worse.

Is It Possible To Get Jock Itch On The Face?

Yes, it’s certainly possible to get jock itch on the face. Although it’s not common, you may find that after scratching around your groin area you develop red bumps on your face. These bumps will start out as small red dots that itch a lot. They can turn into pimples or pus-filled blisters if you don’t take care of them. To treat jock itch on the face, you should wash the area with mild soap and water and apply a topical anti-fungal cream.

What Does A Jock Itch Rash Look Like?

The rash or jock itch rash looks like small red bumps that are flat to the skin. They will itch a lot and can get very painful if they become infected.

Can You Get Jock Itch From A toilet Seat?

Jock itch is not contagious and you can’t get it from a toilet seat. Some people think that because their jock itch seems to get worse after sweating a lot that they must have caught it from a toilet seat. This isn’t the case. The moist environment of a sweaty groin combined with frequent rubbing and touching of the affected area is much more likely to encourage the growth of fungus which causes jock itch.

How To Get Rid Of Jock Itch?

The best way to get rid of jock itch is the same for most fungal infections. You need to keep the area as dry as possible, avoid touching or rubbing the affected area, wash with an antifungal soap or cream and apply a topical antifungal ointment. Follow these steps and you can get rid of jock itch permanently within a few weeks.

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