Veterans Health – Starting With J

Updated: January 3, 2023
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    Veterans Health - J Find common veterans health and medical topics starting with the letter J related to military service history. The guide covers health topics from A to Z. Read on for more information about jet lag and other medical issues that begin with “J”.

    Veterans Health Topics – A to Z

    A B C D
    E F G H
    I J K L
    M N O P
    Q R S T
    U V W X
    Y Z    

    Note: What follows should not be taken as medical advice and is not intended as a diagnosis. This page is general information related to common veterans conditions and should not replace advice from your health care provider.

    Jet Lag

    Jet lag affects everyone differently, but it is commonly described as a sleep problem that occurs when traveling between time zones; international travel can cause jet lag, but so can domestic travel of long durations. The human body has a cycle known as circadian rhythm which is influenced by periods of light and darkness, hormone levels, temperature, and other variables.

    The National Sleep Foundation offers advice on fighting jet lag, which includes:

    • Travel with a plan to have an early evening arrival.
    • Try to remain awake until 10 p.m. local time.
    • Avoid napping, but if you must, do not nap for longer than two hours.
    • Try to change your sleep schedule to accommodate your new location before you travel.
    • Avoid alcohol and caffeine at least three to four hours before bedtime.
    • Get outdoors in the new location and absorb sunlight whenever possible.

    Jet lag is a temporary problem, but it can affect your mood, decision-making processes, alertness, and reflexes.

    Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris)

    The condition commonly called “jock itch” is basically an itch or itchy rash in the groin area. Many physical issues are labeled as jock itch, but the specific diagnosis identifies a “common fungal infection that affects the groin and inner thighs” known as Tinea Cruris.

    Jock itch can occur when your clothing traps heat and moisture, allowing the Tinea Cruris fungus to grow. Contrary to popular belief, jock itch is not a problem exclusive to males or male athletes.

    The Tinea Cruris fungus may be responsible for rashes not specific to the groin area, upper and inner thighs, armpits, and the area just underneath the breasts. Jock itch is something you may be able to get VA treatment and/or advice for in addition to other conditions or as a standalone problem that needs attention, but it’s advisable to wear loose clothing and try over-the-counter remedies first.

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