Jock itch, like any other fungus, likes warm and moist places, which is why it grows on or near the groin area. Cases are high among active people like athletes, and are more common among men. However, anyone can catch this infection.
And because it is a fungal infection, it is fairly contagious and can easily be transmitted either through direct contact or indirect contact, with the sharing of garments like clothes, towels and underwear, for example.
In addition, if you spend time in warm, damp places like the gym, another common fungal infection that shares jock itch causes and symptoms is athlete’s foot. In fact, athlete’s foot can spread to the groin area, causing jock itch if left untreated.
Jock itch causes symptoms that include: