Jock Itch (cont.)

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How do I prevent jock itch?

Jock itch prevention efforts include good general skin hygiene and keeping your groin clean and dry. The following preventive steps will help:

  • Wash groin and buttocks with soap and water after exercise and sweating.
  • Wash workout clothes, underwear, and swimwear after each use.
  • Minimize groin moisture by using white cotton underwear.
  • Change underwear frequently and especially after sweating.
  • It may be useful to apply petroleum jelly or Desitin ointment liberally to the groin creases prior to physical exercise to minimize friction skin damage.
  • Wash clothes and undergarments in hot soapy water.
  • Use loose-fitting cotton underwear and clothing.
  • Avoid undergarments with polyesters, nylon, or synthetic fibers.
  • Use an antifungal powder like Lamisil or Zeasorb to keep the groin dry.
  • Avoid fragranced or irritating creams or lotions on the groin.
  • Avoid going barefoot, especially at gyms, schools, and public pools.
  • Treat athlete's foot if you have it.
  • Cover your feet with socks before you put on your underwear and pants.


Janniger, Camila K., Robert A. Schwartz, Jacek C. Szepietowski, and Adam Reich. "Intertrigo and Common Secondary Skin Infections." American Family Physician 72.5 Sept. 1, 2005: 833-838.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014

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