Jock Itch

  • Medical Author:
    Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD

    Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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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; and
  • 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; and
  • taking an antifungal pill like fluconazole (Diflucan), itraconazole (Sporanox), or terbinafine.

How do I treat bacterial jock itch?

Mild bacterial jock itch may be treated with

  • antibacterial skin washes like Lever 2000 soap or chlorhexidine (Hibiclens) soap twice daily.

Moderate bacterial jock itch may be treated with

  • antibacterial skin washes like chlorhexidine soap twice daily; and
  • twice-daily application of a topical antibiotic like erythromycin lotion or metronidazole (Flagyl) lotion.

Severe bacterial jock itch may be treated with

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/15/2016
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