Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris): Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 10/22/2020

Jock itch is a slang term that describes an itchy red rash that appears in the groin area. Jock itch (tinea cruris) occurs almost exclusively in males, since it is related to anatomical factors within the male body.

Signs and symptoms of jock itch include a rash over the groin area, pink to red in color, that is primarily located in skin folds in the groin. Other associated symptoms and signs can include

Causes of jock itch

Either a bacterial or fungal infection causes jock itch. People with diabetes and those who are obese are more susceptible to developing jock itch than others. Warmth, skin friction, and moisture are factors that encourage the development of jock itch.

Other jock itch (tinea cruris) symptoms and signs

  • Foul Odor
  • Groin Pain
  • Itching
  • Red Rash in the Skin Folds in the Groin
  • Skin Redness


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.