Jock Itch (cont.)

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What is the treatment for jock itch?

There are many treatment options and skin-care recipes for treating jock itch. Since the two primary causes of jock itch are excess moisture and fungal infections, treatment depends on the exact cause of the jock itch. Treatment of jock itch associated with skin irritation and excess moisture should address general measures to keep the groin clean and dry. Treatment of fungal jock itch should include antifungal creams used continuously for two to four weeks.

It is important to keep in mind that no therapy is uniformly effective in all people.

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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014

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