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Jock itch medication I have had jock itch for a few weeks, and have been using an OTC cream. How long should it take to resolve before i go to a dermatologist?

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Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dermatology
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In brief: 2 weeks

Lotrimin over the counter does not always work for jock itch anymore.
Often prescription antifungal creams such as Naftin (naftifine) Cream are needed. See a physician if you do not see improvement within 2 weeks.

In brief: 2 weeks

Lotrimin over the counter does not always work for jock itch anymore.
Often prescription antifungal creams such as Naftin (naftifine) Cream are needed. See a physician if you do not see improvement within 2 weeks.
Dr. Monib Zirvi
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Dr. David Serlin
Family Medicine

In brief: Most

Most "jock itch" is due to a fungal infection by an organism called tinea.
It does usually respond to over the counter antifungal creams. It does not however, respond completely to over the counter steroid creams. So make sure you are using a cream that says antifungal on it....Some examples otc are lamisil, lotrimin, tinactin, (tolnaftate) etc. Fungus likes warm moist places(like feet, groins, etc.) so keeping the area dry and well ventilated is a good idea as well. If it isn't resolving within a couple of weeks, i would see your family physician or primary care physician. They are usually quite capable of evaluating your rash.

In brief: Most

Most "jock itch" is due to a fungal infection by an organism called tinea.
It does usually respond to over the counter antifungal creams. It does not however, respond completely to over the counter steroid creams. So make sure you are using a cream that says antifungal on it....Some examples otc are lamisil, lotrimin, tinactin, (tolnaftate) etc. Fungus likes warm moist places(like feet, groins, etc.) so keeping the area dry and well ventilated is a good idea as well. If it isn't resolving within a couple of weeks, i would see your family physician or primary care physician. They are usually quite capable of evaluating your rash.
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