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Can You Exercise If You Have Jock Itch?

Many people see the gym as a place of health and wellbeing, but it can also be a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi and is the most popular place to get jock itch. Also known as tinea cruris, jock itch is a fungal infection that causes a red, itchy rash around the genital, thigh and buttock area. It gets its name as it's common in athletes that sweat a lot, but if you have the infection can you still continue to exercise? Read on to find out more!

Can You Exercise With Jock Itch?

If you have jock itch, yes you can still exercise but you must take caution not to make the infection worse. Jock itch is common in athletes that sweat a lot so doing strenuous exercises that are going to lead to more than just a little perspiration can make things worse. The fungi that cause jock itch thrive in warm and moist environments, so doing more exercise is going to give them the perfect place to live.

If you're going to exercise with jock itch, make sure you keep yourself clean before and after and use jock itch treatments to help get rid of the infection. You can also follow these simple tips to help prevent it from spreading or getting worse.

5 Tips To Prevent Jock Itch From Getting Worse

1. Keep Equipment Clean

If you’ve been using gym equipment, make sure to wipe it down after every use. While you should be wiping equipment down of sweat after use anyway simply for common courtesy, it's especially important if you have jock itch in order to stop it from spreading.

2. Wear Loose-Fitting Clothes

As the jock itch fungus thrives in warm and damp environments, wear loose-fitting clothes while exercising to allow the area to breathe. This will also reduce sweat build-up and make it more difficult for the fungi to grow.

3. Shower After Exercising

Keeping clean is vital to tackling jock itch so hit the showers as soon as your workout is finished. This will also help to wash away any sweat or dirt and can help to stop the spread of the fungal infection.

4. Use A Natural Jock Itch Treatment

After washing, use a natural jock itch product that includes ingredients with anti-fungal properties such as manuka honey or tea tree oil. These can help to reduce the fungal infection and also soothe irritation and redness.

5. Don’t Share Towels Or Clothing

Once you’re done with your exercising, don’t be tempted to share towels, clothing or other items that might come into contact with the infection so it can’t spread. Make sure to also wash your clothes separately from others.


Jock itch is never going to be a pleasant experience but if you still want to exercise with the infection, make sure to follow our tips to keep it at bay. Jock itch is contagious, so do what you can to prevent others from getting it and try not to create an environment for the fungi to spread and grow where possible.

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