Why does my jock itch at night?
Jock itch can be a real b**ch! This is no more so than at night.
Many people experience the worst jock itch as they are preparing for bed and as they are trying to dose off – it can drive you bonkers!
Before we get to why this happens lets quickly break down what Jock itch is.
What is Jock Itch?
Painful, itchy, embarrassing, and frustrating are just a few of the words that describe the common, painful condition known by the names: jock itch, crotch rot, crack smack, or simply balls on fire. Men are the most common sufferers of jock itch although women can be infected.
Jock Itch (and it’s cousin Athlete’s Foot) are actually caused by a ring worm known as Tinea Cruris. Ring worms are not like earth worms, they are actually a fungus. Usually the condition begins in the crease of one’s thigh and spreads to the upper thigh. Jock itch usually appears as a red, often scaly rash with blister like bumps at the edge of its formation. The more infected the area with the rash the redder it will appear.
If you are suffering the Tinea Cruris infection, it’s a good idea to take action right away because the condition can spread. Don’t despair with good hygiene and an effective antifungal cream for jock itch you can quickly eliminate the condition.
What causes Jock Itch and how do I prevent it from happening?
Fungal infections like jock itch thrive in moist, hot conditions. If you wear a cup and jockstrap, a tight bathing suit, or dirty underwear you are creating conditions for jock itch to take root. Often times persons suffering from Athlete’s Foot spread the fungus infection to their groin area.
Some suggestions to prevent Tinea Cruris infection include:
- take a shower immediately after working out and dry yourself fully
- wear flip flops if you are using a public shower
- change into clean underwear and socks every day
- don’t wear tight underwear or pants
- get treatment as soon as you detect any symptoms
- lose weight, obese people tend to get infections more
- stay healthy, those with weak immune systems are more vulnerable to fungal infections
So…Why does my jock itch at night?
If Jock itch at night is keeping you up (as it commonly does!), it is important to realize that while you are sleeping, especially underneath a pile of covers your body heat (and sometimes sweat) are may be aggravating the condition. When you scratch Tinea Cruris you may be spreading the infection and therefore compounding your misery and discomfort.
So, whatever you do – DO NOT SCRATCH.
How do I get rid of jock itch so I can sleep!?
If you find yourself with this miserable infection do not despair, take action including:
- use an effective anti fungal cream for jock itch and apply it according to the directions
- change your underwear and socks frequently
- try to sleep in a cool environment where you won’t sweat as much
- use a dandruff shampoo, apply it to the affected area, and leave it on for a few minutes
Unfortunately it make take a week or two to get rid of your jock itch. As the infection recedes make sure to keep up the treatments or it may return. If for some reason the condition does not significantly improve after a week or two you should make an appointment to see your doctor or a dermatologist.
While jock itch can be a frustrating condition, it is also fairly common so there is no need for you to feel embarrassed or ashamed. Anti-fungal treatments are available at most pharmacies (see our comparison chart if unsure what cream to choose!) and if you are unsure about instructions don’t hesitate to ask your pharmacist for help or leave a comment below.