The image above should rightfully make you cringe. If you recognize it, then you have already experienced crotch rot (also known as jock itch, jock rot, crotch itch – just keep rearranging those words, in fact).
What is crotch rot? Straight talk: it’s a rash caused by a fungal infection in the groin area.
The scientific term for it is Tinea cruris, and it is not the same thing as chafing. Chafing refers to skin irritation. In that case, your skin may be red and aggravated. It may be painful, but it’s not an infection or even a rash.
Crotch rot is a fungal infection, most commonly found in males. It can be caused by wandering fungus from an athlete’s foot infection – for example, if an infected foot somehow made its way to your crotch. Crotch rot can also simply be caused by sustained moisture in your groin area.
Athletes are particularly vulnerable, because they often wear clothing that sits close to the skin while they sweat excessively. Tight clothing and sweat are the ideal ingredients for crotch rot. You know who else is vulnerable? Travelers visiting hot and humid climates.
The good news is, you can prevent crotch rot. How?
- Wear loose clothing as opposed to restrictive clothing – remember, tight clothing creates a favorable environment for this fungus. Go with something loose and comfortable.
- Use your own clothes – this goes without saying, but don’t go around using someone else’s underwear or jock strap.
- Change your clothes after physical activity – shower, dry yourself and change your clothes. Doing this consistently and promptly may be your best weapon against crotch rot.
- Use the power of Goldbond – Goldbond and baby powder can both suck out moisture, keeping you dry and comfortable.
If you do come down with a case of crotch rot, there are ways to treat it. There are several topical antifungal medications, such as Lamisil (chemical name Terbinafine), which can effectively treat these kinds of fungal infections. In severe cases, you may be recommended by a doctor to supplement your treatment with a topical steroid.
There are also a variety of natural remedies for crotch rot. Apple cider vinegar, which is an all-star multipurpose agent for a variety of infections and skin conditions, can help dry out the fungus. Of course, frequent washing (being sure to dry yourself immediately after) can itself work to treat the infection. For some more ideas of home remedies, have a look at the following video.
Hopefully you are not squirming in your seat with a case of crotch rot as you read this, but if you are, the above information should be of assistance. In short: get rid of the moisture (this fungus is no different from all the others that thrive on a moist environment), and you will get rid of the crotch rot.
If you have any input you can offer from personal experience, share it in the comments.