Jock Itch (cont.)

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What home remedy can I use for jock itch?

Home remedy for mild jock itch includes the following:

  • Washing the groin skin two to three times a day with a gentle soapless cleanser like Dove non-soap cleanser or Cetaphil and water
  • Keeping the groin area dry
  • Avoiding excess groin skin irritation by wearing 100% cotton underwear
  • Avoiding fabric softeners, bleaches, or harsh laundry detergents
  • Applying a mix of over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream and clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex) cream one to two times a day to the affected area

What holistic jock itch treatments are available?

Holistic (nonmedicated) home remedy options for jock itch include

  • soaking the affected area daily with a washcloth dipped in dilute white vinegar (1 part vinegar to 4 parts of water) and drying the skin;
  • soaking in a bathtub daily or every other day with very dilute Clorox bleach (1 quarter cup of Clorox bleach in a bathtub full of water) and drying the skin.

How do I treat fungal jock itch?

Mild fungal or yeast jock itch may be treated by

Moderate fungal or yeast jock itch is often treated by a combination of

  • washing the groin twice daily with an antifungal shampoo like ketoconazole or selenium sulfide;
  • using a topical antifungal cream like miconazole (Monistat, Micatin), clotrimazole (Lotrimin, Mycelex), or terbinafine (Lamisil).

Severe fungal or yeast jock itch is typically treated by a combination of

  • washing groin twice daily with an antifungal shampoo like ketoconazole or selenium sulfide;
  • using a topical antifungal cream like miconazole, clotrimazole, or terbinafine;
  • taking an antifungal pill like fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), or terbinafine.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014

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