Jock itch refers to a fungal infection which can occur in the skin near the genitals, buttocks and inner thighs. Ring shaped rash with redness and itching forms in these parts of the body which are warm and moist. It is caused by a fungus which is contagious and can spread by using common items such as clothes or towels. Men are more prone to get this infection. Wearing tight underwear, being obese, sweating heavily and having a weak immune system are the other risk factors which can lead to this condition. Adopting certain precautions along with home remedies can help to treat and relieve this condition.
Jock itch is a groin rash which is caused due to fungus. Moisture, irritation and bacterial over growth contribute to this condition. Sweating can wash away the oils which destroy fungus and make the skin more prone to infection. It starts with a reddening of the skin spreading from the groin crease onto the inner thigh. On the border of the rash small raised blisters may form. It may cause itching or burning and the skin may be scaly or flaky. The itching is at first intermittent but it can worsen. The rash can develop pus and may ooze also. It can further spread to the genitals and anus. It primarily affects males but can be seen in females also. Women may develop vaginal discharge and yeast infections. The same fungus which causes athletes foot may also cause jock itch. Other complications like breaks in the skin, sores and ulcers may develop.
Home remedies for Jock Itch:
Jock itch can be treated by following proper hygiene and using natural home remedies.
- Tea tree oil can be used to combat jock itch as it has anti-fungal properties. It also reduces itching and inflammation. Apply on the affected area using a cotton ball or add a few drops of this oil to the bath and soak in it.
- Mix apple cider vinegar with water and wash the infected area to fight against jock itch. Let it dry on its own.
- Applying alcohol topically can kill the fungus and remove the infection. Alcohol keeps the area dry and prevents growth of fungus.
- Listerine is very helpful remedy as it has antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Apply it with a cotton ball but do not use it on open wounds.
- Take a mixture of one part of white vinegar in four parts of water and wash the affected area. White vinegar mixed with coconut oil can also be applied on the affected area.
- Add some bleach to a bathtub full of water and soak in it. Pat dry after the bath.
- Grind onion to a paste and apply on the affected area. Leave for some time and rinse off. Onions can kill the fungus and help in treating jock itch.
- Salt water baths are very effective in combating jock itch as salt controls the growth of fungus and also heals the infection. Add Epsom salt or table salt to the bath water and soak.
- Garlic has antifungal properties and can be used to treat jock itch. Crush some garlic cloves and apply on the infected skin. Leave for few minutes and wash off.
- Make a paste with baking soda and water and apply on the infected area. Wash off after some time to get relief from jock itch.
- Applying coconut oil on the affected area twice a day is also beneficial.
- Use clean cotton based underwear which is not too tight so that it absorbs sweat.
- Aloe Vera gel can also be applied on the infected area for a soothing effect.
Jock itch is a very irritating condition. It causes a great deal of discomfort and is an embarrassment. Using home remedies and body hygiene this condition can be treated and cured.