How To Cure Jock Itch? Home Remedies
It may be a strange sounding name but thats simply because of how it usually occurs. Jock itch is a common problem amongst athletes. Typically, it affects the genital region, groin, inner thighs and buttocks. Essentially, anywhere that can get moist and warm is at risk. This is because Jock itch is a fungal infection that occurs in people that sweat often.
It is an intensely itchy rash and its also contagious. The rash is known as Tinea Cruris when it appears around the groin. It can also often be referred to as ringworm.
Who is at risk of Jock Itch?
Firstly, there is no reason to panic. Jock itch can be painful but it is not a serious rash. Keeping the area clean and dry usually resolves most cases. It is also worth noting that this rash is more common in males than females. Likewise, some people are more likely to get this disease than others. Those at highest risk:
- People with Diabetes
- Patients with weak immune systems
- Cancer Chemotherapy patients
- AIDS patiens
In all the pattern here is people who may have compromised immune systems for whatever reason. Sometimes in these patients the jock itch is more frequent and severe than for others. Speak to our dermatologists if you have been suffering for longer than a few weeks.
If you’re worried you may have jock itch then there are some clear symptoms to look out for:
- A red rash
- Usually it can start in the crease of the groin since this is where the fungus survives. From here it can spread to the genitals, upper thighs, lower abdomen and buttocks
- An intensely itchy feeling in the groin
- Dry and flaky skin in the groin area
- Red or pink ring shaped lesions
- Sometimes you may see small blisters and raised skin around the border of the fungus
How to treat Jock itch
As mentioned before, Jock itch is usually harmless and just needs to be treated with care. There are many home remedies for jock itch that should keep it in check. However, its worth remembering that this is a fungal infection. To clear all fungus it can take time, usually around 6-8 weeks of treatment.
Here’s some of our favourite home remedies:
- Always keep your groin and genitals clean and dry
- If you need to, shower twice a day to keep it clean
- Do your best not to scratch or itch the infected area
- Warm water can reduce the urge to scratch – rinse 2 – 3 times a day with warm water and soap
- A topical anti-fungal cream is very important. You can also use a powder or spray depending on preference. Either way, apply to the affected region twice a day. Do this for 8 weeks and do not stop abruptly. Otherwise the infected area could develop resistance to the treatment. Some of the best include antifungal creams include:
- Clotrimazole (Lotrimin)
- Miconazole (Monistat, Micatin)
- Terbinafine (Lamisil)
To stop you from touching and itching the rash you can also opt for an antihistamine. There are many such as Fexofenadine, Loratadine, Cetirizine and Chlorpheniramine. All available over the counter and should reduce itching.
If the jock itch you’re suffering from is mild, make sure you wash the area twice daily and use an antifungal shampoo such as Nizoral which contains Ketoconazole. Even a selenium sulfide shampoo can help but if the jock itch is more than mild then you’ll need a topical antifungal solution.
Should I speak to a dermatologist?
Frankly, treating jock itch is as simple as wearing clean clothes, washing frequently and treating with anti-fungal creams. However, if symptoms persist and do not appear to be improving after 2 to 3 weeks then you should speak to a dermatologist.
A dermatologist can prescribe stronger creams and treatment, including oral antifungals. Equally, if you notice any oozing, from sores, pus, fever, chills, severe pain and swollen lymph nodes in the groin then this is almost certainly a time to speak to a dermatologist or doctor.
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