How do I prevent it?
Know how it spreads
The fungi that cause jock itch are very contagious, and the infection is spread through direct contact with an infected person or contaminated surfaces such as clothing and towels.
Jock itch can also result from an athlete’s foot infection if the contaminated feet touch the underwear or the same towel is used to dry both regions.
To minimise your risk of infection, take good care of your groin region. Read on for ways to prevent infection.
Do’s and don'ts
Do’s and don'ts
Jock itch is associated with sweating, friction/abrasion, tight clothing and skin chafing. When you have jock itch, there are some clear do’s and don'ts that you should keep in mind to eliminate the infection as quickly as possible.
- Do use the anti-fungal treatment for the correct duration. Refer to the product packaging for instructions about length of time needed for the treatment
- Do look for the anti-fungal treatment that is most appropriate for you. If you feel that you will have difficulty applying a treatment 2–3 times a day for a number of weeks, consider using a product with a shorter treatment duration
- Do keep your groin area dry
- Do keep yourself informed about tinea prevention and good hygiene
- Do seek medical advice if you have a recurring infection or if it does not respond to treatment
- Don't stop using the anti-fungal treatment as soon as the symptoms disappear. Follow the product instructions
- Don't try to treat jock itch with just a moisturiser
- Don't forget that jock itch is a common infection. There is no reason to be embarrassed
- Don't forget that you can eliminate this infection with proper treatment
More prevention tips
How can I prevent jock itch?
You can help prevent jock itch by:
- Washing your groin area daily, with warm water and a gentle soap
- Drying your groin region thoroughly
- Using talcum powder on your groin to minimise moisture
- Checking your groin regularly for signs of infection
- Not sharing towels, underwear or clothing with others
- Changing your underwear every day (twice a day if you are prone to sweating)
- Wearing loose fitting underwear such as boxer shorts
- Wearing underwear made of natural, breathable materials such as cotton
- Washing dirty underwear in hot water (> 60°C)