Many people confuse jock itch and yeast infection, or do not recognize the difference in symptoms. The fact is that they are not the same, and are treated differently. It is important to understand the difference, and to see a doctor if you have any questions.
Jock itch is a fungal infection. It is caused by a strain of the same fungus that causes Athlete’s Foot. Essentially, it occurs when sweat and moisture are trapped in the genital area. It causes itchy and dry ring shaped rashes on the groin and inner thighs. It is most likely to occur in those who do intense physical activity or are overweight.
A yeast infection is a fungal infection too. It is caused by a strain of yeast bacteria. It can occur in both men and women, although it is more common in women of child-bearing age. A yeast infection causes itching and some redness may be expected. A vaginal yeast infection causes thick white mucus to ooze from the genitals.
|Jock Itch||Yeast Infection|
|Dry, itchy rash||White mucus|
|Topical treatments OTC||Topical and internal treatments OTC|
|Not harmful||Repeat infections require doctor visit|
Let’s compare them by cause, symptoms and treatment.
- A vaginal yeast infection causes thick white mucus to emit from the genitals, whereas this does not occur with jock itch.
- Jock itch causes itchy rashes while yeast infection does not, unless it is a skin infection.
- Jock itch is treated using topical antifungal creams and powders that can be purchased over the counter. Yeast infections are treated using topical and internal creams that fight against the yeast fungi. These can also be purchased over the counter.
- Jock itch is not harmful, whereas if you have more than 4 yeast infections in one year you should see a doctor.
The video below helps to recognize if one has jock itch.
Another video explains what a vaginal yeast infection is.
- Images courtesy of Matthew C. Lambiase, DO