Jock itch is medically known as tinea cruris and it is characterized by itchy rashes in the groin area. Jock itch is known by several other names such as; crotch rot, dhobi itch, scrot rot, ringworm of the groin, jock rot, and gym itch.
Jock itch is more prevalent in adult males and teenage boys. However, it also occurs in females.
The fungus, mold-like dermatophyte fungus called Trichophyton Rubrum, that causes jock itch thrives in warm and moist areas and can be contacted via skin contact with an infected person or an infected area.
Factors that can increase your chances of having jock itch include; tight underwears, a weakened immune system, being overweight and heavy sweating.
Symptoms of jock itch include; peeling or flaking of the skin, red itchy scaly patches, rough sores of the affected areas, itchy or burning sensation of the groin, and abnormal darker or lighter skin around the affected area.
Here are some good practices and tips, to consider, if you are dealing with jock itch;
- Avoid wearing clothes that rub and irritates the affected area.
- Avoid wearing tight underwear.
- Shower immediately after rigorous exercise or profuse sweating.
- Keep the groin area clean and dry as often as possible.
- Treat any other fungal infection you have, such as athlete’s foot, as they may worsen your jock itch situation.
- Avoid using strong detergents to wash your clothes as they may worsen the irritation of the jock itch.
Below are 18 home remedies and natural treatments to get rid of jock itch;
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has always been a great skin healer due to its anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. It also acts as an antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic agent that cures a wide range of skin infections. Aloe vera gel is composed of glycoproteins which heals the skin and provides a fast relief from jock itch. Extract fresh gel from aloe vera leaves and apply it to the affected area.
2. Essential Oils
Being antifungal agents, lavender oil, myrrh oil and tea tree oil work well for jock itch. The oils also act as an antiseptic which promotes fast healing when applied to the affected area. Take 10 drops each of lavender oil and myrrh oil and 5 drops of tea tree oil. Mix it with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Now add a quarter cup each of coconut oil and neem oil to make an excellent remedy for jock itch.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can be applied, in diluted form, over the affected area. It kills the fungus and also dries out the area to promote faster healing. Mix one part of apple cider vinegar with two parts of water and apply it on the affected area with the help of a cotton ball or a clean washcloth. Apply it 2-3 times every day until the infection is completely eliminated.
4. Baking Soda
Baking soda is an easily available ingredient that can help you get rid of the jock itch in a fast and natural way. It soothes the skin by balancing the pH. Being an antifungal agent, baking soda helps in eliminating the fungus from the skin in an excellent way. Take 2 tablespoons of the white powder and add a little water to make a thick paste. Apply this paste to the entire affected area and leave it for at least 15 minutes before washing it with water. Pat the area dry. Use this remedy twice a day for effective results.
Garlic relieves itching instantly while curing the skin in an effective way. Garlic acts as a potent antifungal agent, due to one of its active components called ajoene, that helps you get rid of the infection in a fast and natural manner. All you have to do is crush some fresh garlic cloves and apply it to the affected area. Let it stay for some time then wash it off with water. People with a sensitive skin should not use this remedy as garlic can be harsh on their skin.
6. Mouthwash (Listerine)
The mouthwash works in the same way on jock itch as it does to keep your mouth free from infections and inflammations. It is an effective antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic liquid that is sure to kill the fungus associated with jock itch. Just put some drops of Listerine on a cotton ball and apply it directly to the affected area. This remedy may hurt in the beginning but will gradually provide a great relief from pain, soreness, and itching.
Onion helps in reducing inflammation on the skin and can be used to treat jock itch. Just grate an onion and extract its juice. Dip a cotton pad in this onion juice and apply it to the infected area. Let it dry and leave it for 25-30 minutes. Wash away the area with water. Pat dry with a clean towel.
8. Coconut Oil
Spread a little coconut oil over the rash before going to bed. Leave it overnight for relief from pain and itching. Coconut oil moisturizes the skin and reduces inflammation. The powerful antimicrobial properties of coconut oil help in killing the fungus and eliminate jock itch. Apply it on a regular basis before going to bed until the rash is completely eliminated.
9. Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol works by drying out the skin. Since fungus needs a warm and moist place to flourish, they can not stand a dry environment. Apply some rubbing alcohol, with the help of a cotton ball, on the affected area. Make sure you cover the entire affected area. The alcohol will quickly evaporate making your skin dry and, eventually, free from the infection. Repeat this remedy several times a day for better results.
10. White Vinegar
White vinegar is great for treating jock itch. When applied to the skin, it reduces inflammation and itching due to its antifungal action. Avoid using white vinegar directly on the skin as it can be too harsh. Just mix one part of it with 4 parts of water and apply it with the help of a clean washcloth. Allow it to dry and repeat it at least two times a day.
The acidic nature of lemon helps in treating some skin infections including jock itch. Extract the juice of one lemon and dilute it with equal parts of water. Now dip a cotton ball in it and apply it to the rash. Let the diluted lemon cover the area for 5 minutes. Clean it with water and dry the area with a towel.
12. Calamine Lotion
Calamine lotion is another great remedy for jock itch. If you want a fast and easy relief from redness, inflammation, and itching, calamine is a handy option to try. The soothing ingredients of calamine lotion relieve pain and swelling. It also provides instant relief from itching. Apply the lotion to the affected area whenever needed to relive jock itch.
13. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide helps in eliminating fungal infection from the skin. It can be applied to the skin in diluted form. A stinging sensation is associated with its application, so avoid using it if you cannot bear the mild inconvenience. Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water. Apply it to the skin using a cotton ball. Now apply petroleum jelly over the area and let it stay overnight.
14. Oatmeal And Epsom Salt
Fill a bathtub with warm water. Add 2 cups of oatmeal and one cup of Epsom salt to the warm water. Now add some lavender essential oil (2-3 drops) and soak your body in it for 20 minutes. Rinse your body after this with plain water. Oatmeal soothes itchiness by naturally killing the fungus. Epsom salt helps in reducing moisture from the area making it unsuitable for the fungus to thrive. Taking an oatmeal and Epsom salt bath every day will gradually prove a great relief from jock itch.
Soaking your body in bleach water, called a bleach bath, is another great way to get rid of jock itch. Bleach’s antiseptic and antimicrobial properties help in eradicating the infection while relieving pain and inflammation. Prepare a bathtub by filling it with water and adding a quarter cup of bleach to it. Soak your body for 12-15 minutes. Doing this every day will completely eliminate the fungus and the rash.
If you have a sensitive skin, then this is probably the best remedy for you. Cornstarch helps in drawing water from the skin making it difficult for the fungus to thrive. Sprinkle it over the affected area for relief from jock itch.
Honey is an age-old remedy for a skin infection. The anti-fungal nature of honey works well against jock itch. Honey also soothes the skin and provides relief from the itching sensation associated with jock itch. Manuka honey is preferred for this remedy as it has a higher efficacy to fight the infection. Apply it directly to the affected area and let it stay for 30 minutes. Wash it with water and dry the area. Repeat this twice a day.
Calendula or marigold has potent natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that would help soothe the affected skin. Calendula has more than 35 properties that have been attributed to the plant. Furthermore, research having calendula or marigold extract as a constituent has shown positive results with respect to skin irritations.
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