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 erythromycin 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), or erythromycin.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/10/2015

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