How To Treat Jock Itch or Khujli?

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Updated On - August 25, 2020 Dr Jisha Gomez
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Any sort of skin infection is no joke! It hampers our confidence and sometimes causes physical pain and irritation too. It is one such infection.

What’s covered in this article:
✔ What is Jock Itch and where can it be seen?
✔ Symptoms
✔ What Causes Jock Itch?
✔ Diagnosis & Treatments
✔ FAQs

What is Jock Itch/Khujli and where can it be seen?

✔ It is a fungal infection on the skin.

✔ It mainly appears around the groin, buttocks or inner thighs.

✔ It mostly appears in moist skin areas.

In fact, overweight people are susceptible to this disease, since the chances of this fungal infection growing in folds of skin are higher.

Khujli or Jock Itch Symptoms

The symptoms used to identify this skin condition are fairly easy to spot.

✔ They commonly occur in the regions near the groin, thighs or buttocks, they can be distinguished by the red circular forms of rash that they form.

✔ The skin within the ring is sometimes clearer than the boundary, which is often raised and prone to signs of dryness like cracking or peeling.

✔ Unfortunately, this becomes a very uncomfortable skin disease to handle in public when it begins to itch persistently.

This is one of the main reasons why people afflicted with this skin condition must visit a dermatologist at the early stages to have it treated.

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What Causes Khujli?

People are often confused about how they come in contact with this disease, but one of its main characteristics is the ease with which it transfers from one place to another  This may be the case if people come in contact with people suffering from the condition, or even with objects that have been in contact with infected people.

This only goes to show how contagious the jock itch can be!

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Diagnosis and Treatments for Khujli

Diagnosis of jock itch can take different forms but some of the easiest ways are under black light, with skin biopsies or scrape tests.

Blacklight is a method often opted for by dermatologists. If the infection under observation is ringworm, then the fungal infection is most likely to glow and stand out.

✔ Apart from a black light test, doctors sometimes take skin biopsies or scrape tests to determine the skin condition.

Scraping a layer off the skin and examining it in the presence of potassium hydroxide helps isolate the fungal infection from the normal cells and makes it stand out.

As for treatment, doctors often recommend the use of topical creams with anti-fungal properties and ingredients. If necessary, oral antifungals will be suggested too.

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Is it permanent? How long can jock itch last?

In no way it is a permanent condition. However, without care, it has been known to repeat in cycles.

So if you have the habit of using wet towels, or bathing in public pools or showers and suffer from this skin condition, it is about time to make changes to your lifestyle and refrain from such activities. Jock itch festers in moist and wet conditions, so keeping the folds of your skin dry and clean is the best preventive measure you can take.

Can happen to women?

Jock itch is definitely one of those skin conditions more common in men than women since it appears to be more prone in the groin region, however, it is possible for women to contract this disease too. Much of what triggers this condition is excessive sweating due to activity and bad hygiene of skin folds. So although the chances of women being affected by jock itch are lesser, it cannot be written off.

Can it be sexually transmitted? Is Jock itch contagious?

There are possibilities of it being transferred from one person to another during sexual intercourse if one of them suffers from the condition.

This is because jock itch can be transferable through skin-to-skin contact, making them more contagious.

Does jock itch peel when healing?

Being a fungal infection that is known to spread easily, it often only appears on the outermost layers of skin. This means that during healing, it can exhibit peeling of the skin or even the scab, to reveal healthier skin which is underneath. So peeling is a good sign when it comes to the healing process of jock itches.

Can it spread to other parts of the body?

Unfortunately, jock itch is amongst the most contagious skin conditions out there. So chances of it spreading to other parts of your body are high if you are careless when handling the infected region. Being sure to use clean dry towels after bathing, and keeping the infected area dry and clean are just small steps you can take to contain the condition.

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About Author

Dr Jisha Gomez
She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.