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differentiating jock itch, yeast infection or both
Dec 24, 1996

How do expert clinicians differentiate jock itch from yeast infection or determine the both are present during diagnosis?

Response from Mr. Sowadsky

Hi. Thank you for your question.

Both "Jock Itch" (caused by Tinea cruris) and Yeast Infections (cause by Candida) on the skin closely resemble each other. Generally speaking, "Jock Itch" tends to have more of a dry and whitish appearance. Yeast infections tends to appear more red and moist. However, there is a lot of overlap in how these appear. That is why a visit to the physician is sometimes necessary to differentiate between the two. If you think you may have "Jock Itch", and treatments against this don't work, the infection may be a yeast infection. A physician can usually differentiate between the two.

For more information about "Jock Itch", see the question entitled, "Is jock itch infectious?". If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).



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