What Are the Leading Causes of Jock Itch?

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Caused by a fungal infection, jock itch isn't usually serious, but it’s certainly an uncomfortable condition. Most people dealing with jock itch experience itchy, burning skin that manifests as a red circular rash that resembles ringworm. It can also cause your skin to flake, peel or crack. Generally, it affects the groin and inner thighs, although it's possible to get jock itch on any part of the body where you have folds in your skin.

It’s usually possible to treat jock itch by keeping the affected area clean and applying a topical antifungal cream. Even better, there are some steps you can take to prevent it from happening in the first place. To do that, you have to first understand what often causes the condition. Here’s a look at some of the most common causes of jock itch.