Boys' Husky

One really needs to tip one’s hat to gym rats, those incredibly dedicated guys who spend hours at the gym to hone and perfect their physiques while so many of us opt instead to sit on the couch and exercise by lifting and pressing on the TV remote or the computer mouse. While some gym enthusiasts may go overboard, their attention to physical health – and, one assumes, penis health as well – is admirable. So for all those who make the gym their second home – as well as for those who are less steady in their gym visits – the following tips and information concerning jock itch should help keep crotches healthier.

An itch by any other name

Jock itch is medically known as tinea cruris, and it’s a close relative to the also-familiar athlete’s foot (tinea pedis). Like athlete’s foot, jock itch is a fungal infection, meaning the culprit that starts it all is a fungus.

For those whose memory of high school science is failing them, a fungus is one of a group of organisms that range from itty bitty guys like mold and yeast to bigger lifeforms, such as mushrooms. Many fungi occur naturally in small amounts on the human body with no problem. But when they overproduce, they can become an infection, and that’s what happens with jock itch. Too much fungus grows, creating a very itchy rash that is usually circular in shape, red, and sometimes raised and crusty. Jock itch can appear on the penis, the balls, the buttocks, the thighs, or anywhere in the general pubic area.

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