Tinea (Jock Itch)

Tinea (Groin)
Jock itch (tinea) around groin area

Tinea is a common fungal skin condition. It can affect warm, moist areas, such as skin folds e.g. between toes, groin and under breasts. Tinea infections have different names depending on the fungal type and location of the fungus on the body. For example, tinea of the body is referred to as ‘ringworm’ and tinea around the groin is referred to as ‘jock itch’. It is highly contagious.

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Transmission

  • Skin to skin contact with a person or pet with tinea
  • Towels and sheets
  • Shared/communal showers

Signs and Symptoms

  • Itching and stinging
  • Red, scaly rash or blisters
  • Cracking, splitting or peeling
  • On the feet, tinea appears as scaling or cracking of the skin, particularly between toes
  • In the nails, tinea causes nails to become discoloured, thickened, brittle and chalky

Prevention

Avoid skin to skin contact with any areas with a rash. Disinfect shower after each use. Don’t share used towels. Wear thongs in communal showers or wet areas.

Treatment

  • Antifungal creams
  • Antifungal medication (prescribed by a doctor)
  • Keep the area clean and dry and air it as much as possible (e.g. going barefoot, not wearing underwear)