Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
Jock itch is a common, itchy rash of the groin. It can be a very intense itch
and is associated with a red or pink rash involving the groin folds and genitals. Jock itch is primarily a skin condition in men.
The symptoms of jock itch may come and go, and many cases of jock itch resolve
spontaneously without any treatment. Jock itch is primarily seen in the groin,
although it may spread to the inner thighs, genitals (including penis, scrotum,
labia, and vaginal opening), and anus.
While jock itch is frequently noted in otherwise healthy patients, patients
with diabetes and/or obesity are more susceptible. Possible causes of this
common groin itch include irritation from tight or abrasive underwear, excess
moisture, sweating, skin rubbing or friction,
allergic problems, fungal
infection, Candida (yeast) infection, and bacterial overgrowth or skin
Treatment of fungal-related jock itch may include one or a combination of
antifungal creams and, rarely, antifungal
pills. Treatment of jock itch that is not caused by fungus involves proper groin
hygiene, keeping the area clean and dry, and washing frequently with gentle soap
and water (especially after sweating or exercise).
Jock itch causes a symmetrical red or pink rash on the sides of the groin
folds. There may be a dry, scaly rash or a collection of small, pinpoint red or
pink bumps at each hair follicle.
Reviewed by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR on 7/25/2012