Jock Itch (cont.)

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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;
  • 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.

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;
  • twice-daily application of a topical antibiotic like clindamycin lotion or metronidazole (Flagyl) lotion.

Severe bacterial jock itch may be treated with

  • antibacterial skin washes like chlorhexidine soap twice daily;
  • twice-daily application of a topical antibiotic like clindamycin lotion or metronidazole lotion;
  • a five- to 14-day course of an oral antibiotic like cephalexin (Keflex), dicloxacillin, doxycycline, minocycline (Dynacin, Minocin), tetracycline (Sumycin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro, Cipro XR, Proquin XR), or levofloxacin (Levaquin) for more resistant situations.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014

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