How To Cure Jock Itch
Jock itch is most common in men and adolescent boys. The infection causes a rash that often itches or burns. The affected areas can also be red, flaky, or scaly.
Though jock itch can be bothersome, it’s typically a mild infection. Treating it quickly will minimize symptoms and keep the infection from spreading.
Keep your skin clean and dry. Make sure to dry yourself thoroughly after a shower because fungus thrives in warm, moist environments. When you can, either go without underwear or go naked to expose the affected area to air. When that’s not feasible, at least wear boxers instead of briefs.
Avoid wearing any clothing that rubs or irritates your crotch. Avoid tight underwear and tight pants of any kind.
Refrain from scratching. Scratching will irritate the rash and could break your skin, creating the potential for infection.
Trim your nails if you can’t stop scratching. Wear gloves when you’re trying to go to sleep at night.Take a cool bath for relief. Sprinkle the water with uncooked oatmeal, baking soda or a substance called colloidal oatmeal (Aveeno is a good brand) that is made specifically for the bath. Just dry your crotch thoroughly when you get out of the tub.
Use Bond medicated powder. This powder has a soothing effect and it can help to provide some relief as well. It also contains a baking powder component, which will help to dry up the moisture. You can purchase Bond powder over the counter and it is inexpensive.
Talk to your doctor. It is important to talk to your doctor if the scaly redness doesn’t go away within a couple of weeks, if it starts getting worse, or if you notice that it’s turned yellow and oozes. Your doctor can offer you a couple of options:
Prescription creams: Doctors can prescribe prescription strength anti-fungals including econazole and oxiconazole.
Antibiotics: If your jock itch has become infected, doctors can prescribe an antibiotic to help clear up the infection.
Oral anti-fungal medications: Sporanox, Diflucan or Lamisil are all medications that your doctor may prescribe for you. These prescriptions may be given for one month to one year. You may experience gastrointestinal problems or abnormal liver function. If you’re taking antacids or warfarin, you probably shouldn’t take these medications. Another option, Grifulvin V, takes longer to work but seems good for people who are allergic to other anti-fungals or who have conditions that makes taking other medications a bad idea.
Shower daily. Don’t wait long to shower after you’ve been perspiring heavily or exercising. Use mild soap and water, and avoid anti-bacterial and deodorant soaps.
Wash your underwear and athletic supporter frequently. Also, never share your towels or any of your clothing with other people, especially during the active stage of the infection. Jock itch can spread by contact with unwashed clothing or athletic cups.
Do not dry your body with the same towel that you use to dry the affected area because this can also cause the infection to spread.
Jock Itch Treatment
If you don’t treat jock itch, it can last months. But over-the-counter medicines called antifungals can usually clear it up in a few weeks. They’re available in creams, powders, and sprays.
Keep the area clean and dry. Take these steps for faster healing:
- Wash the area and then dry using a clean towel.
- Use a different towel on the rest of your body.
- Read the medicine label, and apply the medicine as directed.
- Use it for as long as recommended; the infection may come back if you stop sooner.
Talk to your doctor if you aren’t feeling better in a couple of weeks. You might need stronger medicine.
Treating Jock Itch at Home
Identify the symptoms of jock itch
The groin, inner thighs, and buttocks are the most common areas affected by jock itch since the region is prone to dampness which help the responsible bacteria and fungi to spread. While you can treat most cases of jock itch at home, you should still see your doctor for an official diagnosis, as well as testing to determine the cause (whether a fungus or bacteria) since this can alter the treatment method.
Wash the groin skin two to three times a day with an antifungal shampoo
Keeping the area clean will help stop the spread of the fungus or bacteria causing the symptoms. Wash the skin two to three times a day using an antifungal shampoo for the duration of your treatment.
Keep the area dry
Excess moisture forms a breeding ground for the bacteria and fungi that can cause jock itch. Dry your groin completely after each time you wash the area, and make sure you dry any excess sweat in the area throughout the day as well. Change out of gym clothes immediately and wash them between uses to help prevent jock itch.
Avoid harsh chemicals on the area
Harsh laundry detergents, bleach, and even fabric softeners in your laundry can lead to additional irritation that can exacerbate your jock itch. Try to avoid these and any other harsh chemicals that can come into contact with your groin for the entire course of your treatment.
Use an aluminum salt solution
Aluminum salt solutions, such as aluminum chloride 10% soIution or aluminium acetate, are effective antiperspirants because they form plugs on the sweat glands.