What Is The Difference Between Jock Itch And Herpes?


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The difference between jock itch and herpes is pretty simple:

  • Jock Itch is a fungus-based infection that affects moist and warm areas of skin.
  • Herpes is a virus-based disease and can infect the lips, nose, mouth, and genital areas.
Have I got jock itch, or genital herpes?
Telling the difference between genital herpes and jock itch should be fairly easy. Yes, they both affect the genital area, but the symptoms are very different.

Herpes usually manifests itself as open sores that can appear on the penis and scrotum of a man, and the labia and vagina of a woman.

Jock itch usually develops in the damp, warm, or sweaty areas around the genitals and anus - and usually appears in the form of sore, red patches of skin.

Although the affected area can crack and bleed, open sores aren't a symptom of jock itch like they are of herpes.

What's the difference between jock itch and herpes? For starters, the cause is different. Herpes is caused by a virus that you can't treat. It can be controlled, and will lay dormant for long periods of time, but it will never go away.

Jock itch is essentially a painful fungal infection. It can be treated by anti-fungal cream or powder.

If you think you may be suffering from either of these conditions, I'd recommend contacting your local healthcare provider.

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