A persistent groin itch is enough to make a sane man crazy, as part of the brain is always resisting the urge to scratch. A couple of weeks after our encounter I experienced a terrible case of jock itch on the underside of my scrotum. And herpes symptoms NEVER last more than 1-2 weeks at a time (during outbreaks), and outbreaks virtually never occur more often than every 4-6 weeks, with no symptoms at all between outbreaks. You can get a fungus on your skin from sweating. You might pick up MRSA or maybe a wart. Most fungus cells thrive in moist, damp conditions where light is sparse. Since my jock itch came back, I went at that point to an STD clinic, had an HIV test which was negative and a visual HSV exam and was told that I this itchy rash was not herpes.
The symptoms are in fact quite different. How it Spreads: Jock itch is caused by a fungus that grows on the surface of the skin. Increased growth of the fungus, leading to jock itch, can occur as a result of friction from clothes or too much wetness in the groin area (i.e., from sweat). Those symptoms tend to appear in the days and weeks following infection, and they’re followed by an outbreak of wet-looking, incredibly itchy sores. I still itch like the dickens down there and have a red, moist rash most days (more often than would be the case with herpes, so they tell me). So your risk was rather low. Parts of the rash may blister and ooze, but they are generally painless.
Infection can also spread to the anus. Herpes, on the other hand, can infect the penis itself, and sores on the head of the penis are quite common. The fact that oral and topical antibiotics, oral and topical anti-fungals and anti-viral medication have all failed to relieve the symptoms makes me think I my doctor and the STD clinician may have missed another, possibly less common, STD, or a dermatological condition that is common and which is not affected by the above drugs. As for more testing, it can take up to 3 or even 4 months for HSV-2 blood tests to become positive. Topical over-the-counter antifungal or drying powders, such as tolnaftate, clotrimazole, or miconazole, are also usually recommended. These are applied once or twice every day for 14 to 21 days. Jock itch doesn’t behave in this way.
Secondary bacterial infections may require treatment with antibiotics. Put it out of your mind. It’s important you don’t take antibiotics on your own for this infection, especially if they are actually anti-bacterial drugs, as jock itch is caused by a fungus, not a bacteria. Prevention: Keep groin area dry and clean; avoid tight-fitting or irritating clothes; use antifungal or drying powders if you’re susceptible to jock itch. Herpes is considered a chronic condition, because there are no specific medications that can completely eradicate the disease from a person’s body.