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Will clobetasol propionate help with male jock itch?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No will make worse: Jock itch is a fungal infection needing to be treated by antifungal medication. Clobetasol is a steroid. It suppresses the immune system so it will make fungal infections much worse. It is useful in genital skin disorders caused by inflammation -- things like eczema. Consider a virtual visit with a healthtap primary care doctor and attach an image of the affected area. Correct diagnosis required
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Use clobetasol on genital skin only if lichen sclerosis. Note also the DOZENS of possible causes of genital itch.
Aug 18, 2017
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Not a good treatment: "Jock itch" is not a diagnosis. There are dozens of possible causes for genital itch. Begin with a specific definition of the cause. Successful treatment flows from that. Clobetasol, as a super-potent steroid, is prone to cause ugly, annoying purple streaks and thin, wrinkled skin when used on the genital skin. Avoid use in this area for more than a few days.

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